A national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved is being marked by Browns Health and Safety.

Spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie, and set to take place on Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown – Browns is committed to marking the National Day of Reflection, alongside a host of organisations, MPs, and celebrities who are backing the day.

Browns Health and Safety Director Steve Ruddick said: “The pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. In joining the National Day of Reflection we are not only remembering those who are no longer with us, but also offering our condolences and support to anyone who has been affected by events of the last year.”

The team at Browns will join in the national silence to remember and reflect at 12pm and will continue to encourage people to reach out to friends, family and colleagues in need.

Marie Curie estimates that over three million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, yet many have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve.

The National Day of Reflection will give the nation and communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died during this time and show support for our families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.

Marie Curie warns that without the right support for people who have been bereaved, the devastation that the pandemic has caused will impact the lives of people for generations.

Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: “We need to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen this year and show support for everyone who has been bereaved in the most challenging of circumstances.  We cannot simply stand by and not recognise the effects the pandemic has had on the bereaved. We know people are in shock, confused, upset, angry and unable to process what has happened.

“The National Day of Reflection on 23 March gives us a moment to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of everyone that has died, as well as show our support to family, friends and colleagues who are bereaved during these challenging times – from Covid and other causes.”

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection. #DayofReflection