Words of Commendation by the First and deputy First Minister.
The months that have passed since the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic have been difficult and demanding for everyone who has lived through them. However, for those who have lost a loved one, whether or not directly to Covid-19, the restrictions at the time of death have been particularly hard to bear. Final moments have been shared at a distance. Hands have been held, but so often not by a son or daughter, husband or wife. Funerals, usually a gathering of family, friends and neighbours to remember and celebrate, have also been subject to restriction.
And so, in this unprecedented public health emergency, the initiative of Belfast Cathedral to offer the whole of our community an on-line place of remembering and reflection through ‘Lives Reflected’ is to be warmly welcomed. By posting a treasured picture, and sharing a heartfelt tribute in words, the memory of each person named will be held and reflected. Although privately offered, each person remembered will be given a shared place online and within the space of Belfast Cathedral that will in a meaningful way contribute to the healing process.
‘Lives Reflected’ will stand as a public testimony to all lives lost and act as a public reminder for families that their loved ones will forever be remembered.