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2021 brings time to remember

The start of 2020 has definitely crept in, no large celebrations, virtual gatherings and closely followed by a continued lockdown.

If you are anything like me I had hoped that with a lockdown through December and vaccines being rolled out across the country, in my mind I had rolled all the terrible news, death and ordeal into 2020 so that we could start afresh in the new year, an Etch-a-Sketch…

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The Forest of Memories has announced previously that a central principle of The Forest of Memories project is to plant a tree for every life lost during this Pandemic. Today we can also announce the launch of Memory-Trees.com, a service designed to achieve a second central principle of the Forest of Memories project – attaching the stories…

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Lighting a candle in memory

The Forest of Memories is encouraging people to light a candle and to spend a simple moment of reflection on the year we have endured, think about all those who have suffered in so many ways, and remember those who are no longer with us.

It’s a simple idea that we hope people will engage with.  But we believe there is more we need to do as a nation to help the bereaved. Without…

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The Forest of Memories are honoured and excited to announce that The Forest of Memories project has been given it’s first backing and support from Westminster. On Wednesday 16th December 2020 an Early Day Motion (EDM) was tabled in Parliament by Dr Lisa Cameron MP in support of the Forest of Memories project.

To-date, The Forest of Memories project has had support from 1000’s of people and local council level…

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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…

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The world has done it – the pandemic is coming to an end! A vaccine is imminent, and we can visit our loved ones this Christmas. Soon things will all be back to normal and we can forget about this whole horrid affair! That is, of course, not true.

We can (and should) celebrate the hope for the future, but we all know that we have some way to go…

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Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle

The Forest of Memories is delighted to announce that Councillor Iftikhar ‘Ifti’ Chaudhri will become an ambassador of the Forest of Memories project, working to create an eco-network of Covid-19 Memorial Forests right across the UK. We believe this will become an extremely strong relationship that will help the Forest of Memories reach the goal of highlighting and remembering societal issues faced during this pandemic, as well as planting…

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Are we ready to address the emotional wellbeing of our society?

Over the last week we’ve seen news about the roll-out of a mass rapid testing trial in Liverpool, and news that a vaccine for Covid-19 was imminent. We should, understandably, celebrate the hope that these things might signify that the beginning of the end of this pandemic may be on the horizon.

But this week the UK also reached the grim milestone of 50,000 (official) covid-19 deaths. It made a…

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Remembrance is the main purpose of the Forests of Memories. We will plant, at a minimum, a tree for every life lost in the UK because of Covid-19. We have previously explained the overall plans for the Forest but today we can explain more detail on how loved ones lost will be remembered in the Forest by dedicating a tree for them, and what…

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This Pandemic has meant 10’s of thousands have had to cope with the early deaths of loved ones and 100’s of thousands left to deal with a long-term illness caused by ‘Long-Covid’. Millions have been impacted by fear, isolation, loneliness, the economic fallout of lockdowns, domestic abuse, addiction, and poverty.

With a national lock-down again in Wales, new lockdown tiers in Scotland, and increasing lockdowns across England, have we now…

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