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By Fiona Reid
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Could D&G have a Wall of Reflection?

COMMUNITIES and organisations in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to create a local Wall of Reflection.

The Marie Curie charity wants to see a Scotland wide network of Walls of Reflection, as part of activities to mark the second annual National Day of Reflection on March 23.

The Walls will be a space that people can visit to add the name or memory of a loved one in the two weeks leading up to March 23.

They will also act as a focal point on the day to commemorate all those who have died since the start of the pandemic, whether from covid or any other cause.

Marie Curie spokesperson Margaret Muir said: “We are looking for community groups, local businesses, schools, attractions and landmarks to create and host Walls of Reflection for the National Day of Reflection in March. They will be a place where people can come to reflect and remember the loved ones they have lost and where the local community can come together to support those who are grieving.

“While life may be beginning to return to normal for some of us, we mustn’t forget the many people living with the deep trauma of losing a loved one during the pandemic.”

Local Walls of Reflection can be uploaded to an interactive map on the Marie Curie website and on the 23 March host venues are also encouraged to provide a chance for the community to connect and support one an other by hosting tea and biscuits from 11 am before observing the minute’s silence at 12 noon.

The National Day of Reflection takes place during Marie Curie’s flagship fundraiser, the Great Daffodil Appeal. Throughout March, volunteer collectors will be out on highstreets and at local supermarkets giving out daffodil pins in return for donations. Money raised supports Marie Curie’s vital end-of-life care and bereavement services.

Margaret continues: “A great way to show your support, both for Marie Curie and for those who are grieving, is to visit your local Wall of Reflection and observe the minute’s silence at midday on the National Day of Reflection, wearing your Marie Curie daffodil pin.”

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection including downloadable assets to host a Wall of Reflection please visit mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection

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