We announced recently that The Forest of Memories was supporting Covid Memorial Day, a collective event of remembrance and hope for the future that is happening on 1st January 2021. Today we are outlining some more details on three specific ways that you can get involved. By only sparing 5 minutes of your time you can do something that will make a difference to so many people.
Right now, there are three ways you can get involved.
- Make at least one post on Social Media about the day (more if you can).
- If you have small children, get them to colour in or draw a candle picture.
- If you have lost a loved one, please consider sharing your story.
1. Spread the word on Social Media
Covid Memorial Day will only be a success if enough people collectively support it, people can only support it if they find out about it! So please tell everyone you know about it and ask them to tell their friends – spread the good word so that everyone can benefit from being involved!
Creating a post of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any other Social Media platform is a great way of doing that. To help you, we’ve created some Covid Memorial Day images for you to use
Just click on the image below, it will automatically download a zip folder with images you can post on Social Media. To download images individually, go to our Covid Memorial Day Image resources page.
Whether you are an individual, an organisation, or a business please post at least one of these images on Social Media with your own message. The more you can do the better. Just to be clear, you don’t need to mention the Forest of Memories, just tell people about the day and so they know about it and can get involved.
2. Colour a Candle Poster
Just like Clap-For-Carers when our children created rainbow pictures, you can get your children involved in showing support for Covid Memorial Day. Encourage them to colour a Candle poster and put it in your window.
Even if your family has been lucky enough not to have lost someone this year please still do this. It is about your family showing support for your friends, neighbours, and community who have all gone through bad times. It’s about showing empathy for others in need of support and creating hope for a brighter 2021. It is also about helping your child with a sign so they know that the pandemic will be over next year, and that we can now start to move on physically and emotionally (as we all must do try to do, but that does not mean forgetting of course).
Just click on the image below, it will automatically download a zip folder with candle images to colour in. To download images individually, go to our Covid Memorial Day Image resources page.
3. Share your story
Covid Memorial Day is ultimately about those we lost during this Pandemic. It is an opportunity for everyone to hear the stories of the loved ones people lost, it is a moment for us all to collectively show our empathy and support. And, if we did not lose a loved one, be thankful that we did not.
If you lost someone you loved this year and would be willing to share your story with others, please contact us. The words you share will help make the day deeply meaningful for everyone, and we hope it may also be comforting in some small way for you.
Sharing your story might be done in several ways depending on what you are comfortable with. It could just be sharing a comment, some written words, a photo, or video. But there are also journalists interested in covering the event you may wish to speak to. How this story sharing is done of course will depend on who wishes to be involved and what they are comfortable with. So please contact us so we can discuss this.
If you have a story to share and would like to do this as part of Covid Memorial Day please email Salmaan Nasser on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44(0)300 365 1003.
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