A new care sector campaign has been launched to remember those who have tragically lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone who has experienced loss and bereavement in their lives during the crisis is being encouraged to connect by making a star and placing it in their window or posting on social media on 30 June.
Vic Rayner, 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.”
Dr Denise Turner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at London Metropolitan University, added: “As the world moves slowly out of lockdown, we hope to create a moment to connect by care and unite in loss. Whilst we recognise that the pandemic is not over, we hope 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.”
#StarsInMemory is supported by: London Metropolitan University, Queen’s University Belfast, the National Activity Providers Association, the National Care Forum, Care England, ARC England, the Care Provider Alliance, My Home Life, retirement community company ARCO, and the Care Workers’ Charity.
Anyone interested in joining the campaign should contact Dr Turner at: firstname.lastname@example.org