Prince Charles Launches Covid-19 Book Of Remembrance
St Paul’s Cathedral has launched the Remember Me Project which includes a national book of remembrance to help celebrate and reflect on the lives of the people who have tragically lost their lives to Covid-19.
The tangible book is welcoming messages from all faiths including those who do not have a religious or spiritual belief. Overwhelmingly, the project wants to remember the victims of the virus and ensure that those who have lost their lives are remembered.
Prince Charles, who has recently recovered from the virus, endorsed and promoted the project via a moving video where he highlighted the ‘tragedy and heartbreak’ suffered around the world.
David Ison, The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, 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.
“We are all experiencing the devastating impacts of COVID-19 across the country and beyond. Remember Me is an opportunity to mourn every person we have lost to the effects of this terrible disease, an encouragement to offer compassion and support to those left behind, and an ongoing recognition of the impact of the pandemic on the UK.”
Prince Charles, in a video message, commented:
“Together with the rest of the world, the people of the United Kingdom have experienced, personally, and in our community life, the shock of sudden change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For too many among us, this has brought tragedy and heartbreak. For some, relatives have not been able to be present at the time of their loved one’s passing. For many, the loss of their loved ones has been made all the more agonisingly painful by the necessary restrictions on funerals, travel and gatherings. For all of us, there has been anxiety in the present as we have wondered what the future will be.
“People of every faith, and of none, believe that each human being is unique and precious. We also believe it is essential that we remember: we recall how our lives, individually and together, are shaped by the joys and sorrows of the past, so that we may look forward with hope for the future.
“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. We give thanks for how our lives have been woven together 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 build together a better and more hopeful future.
“Peace be with you.”