Today marked a grim milestone for the UK with the highest ever daily death toll — yet.
The 1,546 people whose deaths were recorded today, all of them having died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test, brought the pandemic death toll in the UK to over 100,000.
Commentators reacted with a mix of anger, despair and weary resignation.
But it’s easy to focus on the numbers on the numbers [see BBC graphic above] and forget the human cost.
Each one of those 1,546 deaths represents an individual tragedy, and a grieving family left behind to pick up the pieces.
I know from my work as a funeral civil celebrant that every family is different. Every family copes with its personal loss in its own individual way.
And family members take comfort from the opportunity to celebrate the life of their lost loved ones.
I work with those families to remember the person behind the statistics. We remember their achievements and cherish their shared memories.
Every one of the 1,546 souls lost today deserve the dignity of a highly personal service, one directly tailored to the needs of the individual family.
After all, that’s how the latter will find the strength to carry on.
As Julia Samuel, the author of the book Grief Works, says:
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
I’m available for civil celebrant ceremonies in the Northwest region.
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