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To mark the anniversary of the first national coronavirus lockdown, we are supporting Marie Curie’s National Day of Reflection  (23 March).

We’re inviting residents and staff to observe a minute of silence at 12 noon on Tuesday, to reflect on the past year and remember those we’ve lost. People in Portsmouth can also join Marie Curie’s light up the night initiative at 8pm on Tuesday, by standing on their doorstep with a light to show support for those going through a bereavement.

Portsmouth Cathedral will broadcast an online memorial service at  11:45am on Tuesday to remember all the lives lost during the pandemic. This special service will be led by the Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Revd Dr. Anthony Cane, and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr. Rob Wood. Watch the service on the cathedral’s website.

Find help and support

For many, losing a loved one has felt even harder during the pandemic due to restrictions around hospital visiting, funerals and being able to see friends and family for support. HIVE Portsmouth has created a bereavement directory with details of organisations that can offer advice, information and support around both the practical side of losing someone and feelings of grief.

You can also find a wealth of advice and resources to help with grief on the Marie Curie website.

Help is also available for anyone whose mental health has suffered during this challenging year. Positive Minds Portsmouth offers support over the phone or online. You can also find other mental health support services for adults and young people on our mental health and wellbeing pages.

Whatever you’re going through, call the Samaritans free anytime, from any phone on 116 123. They are available 24hours a day, 365 days a year.