‘Each person we remember on this Day is special, loved by us and by God.'
Quakers joined people all over the country to mark a national day of reflection on 23 March, with a nationwide minute of silence at noon followed by bells tolling.
Paul Parker, recording clerk for Britain Yearly Meeting, was among eighty-two leaders from religious groups who signed an open letter backing the day.
The letter pays tribute to the more than 125,000 people in the UK who have died over the last year with Covid-19, and the 650,000 people in total who have died during this period. ‘As faith leaders we know how important the ability to grieve properly is and how high the cost will be of our inability to do that’, it said.
‘Each person we remember on this Day is special, loved by us and by God. We can’t fully take away the pain felt over the last year, but we can take a moment to reflect and to connect with others to remind ourselves that we are there for each other.’
Other signatories include the Buddhist Society, British Sikh Nurses, Professional Women of Faith, Catholic Union, the Islamic Society of Britain, the Church of England, Commonwealth Jewish Council and Interfaith Matters.
The national day of reflection was led by the charity Marie Curie and supported by the Together Coalition.
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