St Paul’s Cathedral today launched an online memorial book for everyone in the UK who died of the Covid-19 pandemic.
People of all beliefs, beliefs or none, are invited to contribute to Remember Me.
HRH The Prince of Wales has recorded a video message in support of the project. His Royal Highness said: “This virtual memorial book is here to help us remember; not only to remember our loss and sorrow, but also to be thankful for all the good that those we have loved have brought into our lives and all that they have given to others. ‘
Family members, friends and caregivers of the deceased can submit the name, photo and a short message in honor of a deceased person free of charge via the Remember Me website from Friday. The person commemorated must have lived in the UK. Remember me is open to submissions as long as needed.
To launch the project, the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral recorded a special piece of music to serve as an anthem for the memorial book.
The Remember Me site is intended to become a physical memorial in the cathedral. The cathedral has approved designs for a new inner porch in the northern transept and, if funded, will serve as an appropriate monument to anyone who died as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Most Reverend David Ison, said: “‘St Paul’s Cathedral has been a place for centuries for the personal and national impact of major tragedies, from the loss of war to the destruction of the Grenfell Tower , fire to remember We have heard so many sad stories from those affected by the pandemic, and all our thoughts and prayers are with them Each person is valued and deserves to be remembered.
“We are all experiencing the devastating effects of COVID-19 across the country and beyond. Remember Me is an opportunity to mourn every person we have lost because of the consequences of this terrible disease, an encouragement to offer compassion and support to those left behind, and a continued recognition of the pandemic’s impact on the UK. ‘
London Mayor William Russell said, “This is a thoughtful initiative by St. Pauls. It gives us all the opportunity to come together in one place and bring our thoughts of remembrance to all who have suffered today. Many families have lost relatives, many have lost their dearest friends, and because of the necessary social distance needed, grief has been made more complicated than usual. Ideas like these allow us to support each other in this unusual time and I am proud that St. Pauls – which I and everyone in the City of London is incredibly proud of – are at the forefront in this gentle and generous way. ‘
Harun Rashid Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said, “We come from God and we return to Him.” This is a profound statement in the Quran that Muslims are asked to recite hearing news of a death It is a will that has been made too often in recent weeks.
“The coronavirus shocked our lives and reminded us of the vulnerability of life itself. It confirms how we humans should overcome our differences if we trust each other.
“In our common religious literature, we are told,” Whoever saves a life would be like saving the life of all mankind. ‘
“In this time of grief, we therefore cherish our NHS staff and key workers who care for the need. We commend the work of all places of worship, charities and volunteers who take the opportunity to help those in need.
Umesh Sharma JP, President of the Hindu Council UK, said: “Our nation is going through a very uncertain, difficult and painful time. But this pain is severe when families are unable to say goodbye to their loved ones who have died from the pandemic .
In this time of national grief, St. Paul’s has come up with an excellent and thoughtful initiative to create a virtual memorial book for the nation for those who died from the pandemic.
“Hindu Council UK fully supports this very thoughtful and creative step of St. Paul’s. I am particularly encouraged to notice people of all religions, otherwise no faith can utter their messages. This initiative is in line with fundamental Hindu philosophy in the sentence: VASUDEV KUTAMKAM, “The whole world is one family.” “
Jasvir Singh OBE, director of the City Sikhs Network, said, “Many have lost loved ones during the pandemic, and because of the closure, it has been incredibly difficult for us to grieve as we normally would. The Virtual Memory Book is an important initiative because it allows us to remember and collectively mourn those we have lost. We remain united and connected as a nation in these challenging times, and the Virtual Book reminds us in time that physical distance is not a barrier when it comes to support one another after a death. City Sikhs fully support this initiative. “
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “As we begin the gradual process of mourning as a nation for the many thousands who have lost their lives to Coronavirus, this new virtual monument provides a timely and meaningful outlet for that to happen. I hope this focal point for our collective grief also generates a measure of comfort for the loved ones of the deceased, enabling them to record their memories for posterity. May the memories of those inscribed in this memorial be a blessing. “
The message of HRH Prince Charles
Along with the rest of the world, people in the UK have personally experienced the shock of a sudden change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in our community life.
For many of us, this has caused tragedy and heartbreak. For some, family members were unable to attend at the time of their loved one’s death. For many, the loss of their loved ones has become all the more painful due to the necessary restrictions on funerals, travel, and gatherings. For all of us, there was concern in the present as we wondered what the future will be.
People of every faith and no one believe that every person is unique and precious. We also believe it is essential to remember: we remember how our lives, individually and together, are shaped by the joys and sorrows of the past so that we can look forward with hope for the future.
This virtual memorial book is here to help us remember; not only to remember our loss and sorrow, but also to be thankful for all the good that those we have loved have brought into our lives and all that they have given to others. We thank for how our lives are intertwined with theirs and through this book you are invited to share their lives with others – so that we and those who follow us can all remember what has been, and together create a better and more hopeful future.
Peace be with you.