Swansea University’s Fulton House will be lit up in yellow on Tuesday 23 March as part of a national day to remember those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic and to support those who've been bereaved.
Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection is held on the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown, and landmarks and buildings across the UK will be lit in yellow as a mark of remembrance to those who have died, and as a symbol of hope for a brighter future.
Marie Curie estimates that more 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.
Members of the public are encouraged to observe a minute’s silence at midday on Tuesday 23 March and to reach out to someone they know who has been bereaved.
People are also being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm with phones, candles and torches to signify a beacon of remembrance, or to display a light in their window.
Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, said: “As we approach the one year anniversary of the beginning of UK’s first lockdown, it is right that we reflect upon the significant impact of this pandemic upon all of our lives. As a University, we have very sadly lost staff members and friends, and know that that so many people, both within our community and beyond it, have been affected by the loss of loved ones, colleagues, neighbours and friends.
“We are honoured to illuminate Fulton House today, as we join with people across Wales to show our sympathy, pay our respects and offer our support to those who have been touched by the pandemic. As we remember those who have sadly passed, we also pay tribute to the tremendous efforts of our staff, students and broader community as we have come together to face the challenges of the past year.
“While our resilience will continue to be tested in the weeks and months that follow, it is crucial that our support for each other endures as we look forward, with hope and compassion, to brighter times ahead.”
Bereavement support is available to all Swansea University students and staff.