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National Day of Reflection

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, millions have been bereaved. On 23rd March, the first anniversary of UK lockdown, we joined the nation to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

At Melia Powell Funeral Service in Sandbeds they had one of their cars outside with daffodils on the bonnet, and a box of daffodils outside the Keighley branch.

Carla Weatherall, Funeral Arranger and Administrator at Sandbeds said: “We’ve had so many great comments and people coming up to the window to say thank you and asking if they can make a donation – we directed people to the Marie Curie website.

People from all faiths and all ages have stopped to chat to us about what we’re doing. We’ve had people who have lost loved ones stop and tell us their stories, and others have taken flowers for a family member who have experienced loss. Two bunches have been taken to place on graves at the local cemetery.

One gentleman saw our sign on his drive home, parked his car and crossed the road to pick some up and chat to us.

Everyone that we’ve spoken to have said thank you so much for what we’re doing to raise awareness for the day and that they’re really pleased to see us doing this.

It’s gone done really well and has been lovely to get out and chat to people and show them that we’re a friendly team here

One member of the community sent in a message to say that she’d picked a bunch up on her way to work at a children’s nursery to use them to talk to the children about the day and the children are drawing daffodils this afternoon to take home with them. “

Such a fantastic community response – thank you to everyone involved.

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