On Tuesday 30th June, the National Care Forum (NCF) is inviting everyone who has experienced loss and bereavement during the Covid 19 pandemic to connect and unite.
The Covid 19 pandemic has produced widespread personal loss and tragedy, with the care sector often located at the centre of this. Each person who has died during the pandemic leaves enduring memories amongst their loved ones and those that they have touched in their lives. However, despite the daily statistics, the personal losses remain largely invisible and there have been few opportunities for people to share their grief collectively, or to link this grief to previous and existing loss and bereavement.
To take part, the NCF is asking people to make a star and place it in their window or post on social media using the hashtag #StarsInMemory. Stars can be any size, made in any material and decorated according to individual preference. The NCF hopes that this mutual act of remembrance will help to recognise the many losses that people have experienced and to make these visible through the metaphorical light cast by the collective stars.
The campaign is supported by London Metropolitan University, Queen's University Belfast, the National Activity Providers Association, Care England, ARC England, Care Provider Alliance, My Home Life, ARCO and the Care Workers' Charity.
Vic Raynor, Executive Director, National Care Forum said:
‘Loss is a very personal thing and affects us all in many different ways. However, across care we have also felt and responded to this loss as only a community can. Coming together, sharing our strength and sharing our tears. In some small way, we hope that by recognising this loss together, we can show not only our individual pain, but also shine on a light on how we are united in our love, respect and regard for those who are no longer with us.’
Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to join the act of collective remembrance and the #StarsInMemory toolkit is available to download here.