The Member of Parliament for Delyn, Rob Roberts is encouraging family, friends or carers of those who have died as a result of COVID-19 to honour them via a new online memorial.
Launched exactly one month today, ‘Remember Me’, an online book of remembrance for all those who have been living in the UK who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 5,000 memorials.
People or all faiths, beliefs or non are invited to contribute to Remember Me by submitting, free of charge, the name photograph and a short message in honour of the deceased person via the Remember Me website.
“During this difficult time over the past few months, we all know someone who has been touched with the tragedy of having lost a loved one. Every life lost is devastating and felt by the whole community.
“This online Book of Remembrance serves as a beacon, a time capsule linking us to them forever and ensuring that our friends and family who have passed away will never be forgotten.”
The site was launched at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, where choristers recorded a special piece of music to serve as an anthem for the book of remembrance. It is intended that the Remember Me site will become a physical memorial at the Cathedral, with designs approved for a new inner porch in the North transept, which, subject to funding, will serve as a fitting memorial for all who have died as a result of the pandemic.
The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Very Reverend David Ison, said:
“For centuries, St Paul's Cathedral has been a place to remember the personal and national impact of great tragedies, from the losses of war to the devastation of the Grenfell Tower fire. We have heard so many sad stories of those affected by the pandemic, and all our thoughts and prayers are with them. Every person is valued and worthy of remembrance.”
At the launch His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said:
“This virtual book of remembrance is here to help us remember; not just to recall our loss and sorrow, but also to be thankful for everything good that those we have loved brought into our lives, and all that they have given to others.”
Members of the public can register details of their family member of friend on ‘Remember Me: A book of remembrance for the UK’ via: www.rememberme2020.uk and encourage others to do this using the hashtag #rememberme