End of life charity Marie Curie is urging the nation to take part and mark the National Day of Reflection on Wednesday 23 March 2022, the day that marks the two-year anniversary of the first UK lockdown.

Celebrity supporters including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Alison Steadman, Jim Carter, Greg Wise, Mel Giedroyc, Levi Roots, and Julia Samuel join over 200 organisations who have already pledged to support the day. Last year the first National Day of Reflection saw widespread support and connected the nation in grief in the first event of its kind.  

Sir Ranulph Fiennes said: “When Marie Curie marked the National Day of Reflection for the first-time last year, it gave everyone the opportunity to come together after what had been an incredibly challenging time, when we had been so detached from one another. With the loss suffered during the pandemic etched in our hearts, this day continues to hold the same significance for millions of people who have been bereaved.” 

Grief doesn’t have a lifespan

Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed added: “It’s clear from the outstanding engagement and reaction we saw to the National Day of Reflection last year that the day was very much needed and profoundly resonated with people up and down the UK. 

“And while life may be beginning to return to normal for some of us, let’s not forget there are still millions of people living with the deep trauma of losing a loved one during the pandemic. Grief doesn’t have a lifespan. We need to come together, once again, to reflect on the lives of the people we’ve lost and support those who are grieving. 

“The last two years have reminded us how much harder grief is when you are isolated from those you care about and those who support you.” 

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