A Time to Reflect

March 23rd marks the second anniversary of the first UK lockdown. This National Day of Reflection offers a chance to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved. Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. Here, TW Editor Christiane Ella shares her very personal story of loss, and the child she will never forget.

“March is a bittersweet month for me. On the one hand, we celebrate Mother’s Day and I am blessed with two wonderful (grown-up) children; I am also fortunate that my own mother is still with us. But this time of year is always tinged with sadness for me because on 4th March 2000 we suffered the loss of our baby Peter, who was stillborn at 32 weeks. 

“It’s something I find very hard to talk about, but Peter is still very much a part of our family and each year we commemorate him. We scattered his ashes at Teddington harbour (where we moored our boat for over 10 years). On his anniversary we take flowers to this spot and have lunch at The Wharf. (This is more difficult now our two children don’t live at home any more but we try our best.) It’s a beautiful spot to sit and reflect on our loss, yet count our blessings too.

In May 2001, our beautiful son Oliver (our ‘rainbow baby’) was born; he truly was a miracle. The photo of him standing next to my daughter Jasmin on her wedding day still brings a lump to my throat – but these days my tears are the happy type, all the more so now I have my beautiful little granddaughter, Leila, too.”

See our interview to learn how White Rose Modern Funerals offers support through a time of grief. 

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