Some participants were moved to tears at an emotional remembrance event held yesterday. Albemarle Care Home staff members and affected families had observed a one-minute silence and Covid-19 victims remembered. The solemn National Day of Reflection on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the first UK lockdown on 23 March 2020.
The National Day of Reflection was an opportunity to reflect on collective loss during the pandemic. The coronavirus hit hard last year with lives tragically lost at the care home. “This terrible episode was a very sad time for our Albemarle family. It is like losing family” said manager Cindy Turner. “But today we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are signs that things will get better.”
The small outdoor event took place in front of a flower bed and wall planter. The planting area commemorates those lost to coronavirus. It is a wonderful space. Hand-made yellow flowers complement the mini daffodils already growing there. The daffodils poignantly signifying the season last year when the home experienced its worst outbreak. Relatives had brought plants for the garden as a tribute to their lost loved ones.
A plaque on the wall planter reads: “In loving memory of all those in our Albemarle family who we sadly lost to COVID-19. Forever in our thoughts.”
Albemarle Care Home tribute:
Albemarle Care Home has a ‘hand-themed creation’ in its grounds made by the #WeMadeThis project. It honours those who have lent residents a helping hand during the pandemic. A simple but fitting message says: “Thank you to a wonderful team for taking care of us” and lists key workers: carers, domestics, team leaders, chefs, handymen, kitchen assistants, activities, admin and laundry workers.