Earlier today, Loughborough MP Jane Hunt attended the Remembering Together Memorial Service at New Springs Church in Loughborough.
Remembering Together is a special memorial service for all those who have lost loved ones over the past 2.5 years during the Covid 19 period. During the service, Jane read out the following:
At this Remembering Together Memorial Service, we look over the last 2.5 years and remember all those across Loughborough, across our country and indeed the world who have suffered loss.
Any loss is terrible, but unexpected loss, as has happened with this dreadful virus is all the more painful as it came unexpectedly, often involving people expected to live a full life for years to come and in many cases their loved ones were unable to be with them at the end of their lives.
While we mourn this loss, we must also be thankful. Thankful for the lives they lived, their relationships with friends and family and for the contribution they made to life and to society. We also offer our grateful thanks to those who worked through this time, helping people, caring for people and supporting the local community. And this includes all areas of our community from medical staff, care givers and churches, but also those who worked to produce and deliver food and medical supplies to businesses that carried on and kept going so that those on furlough had jobs to return to. To teachers, students and pupils who worked hard to continue their education and to all those who helped their neighbour during the tough times of lockdown. Our town showed its true metal is all the stronger for it.
And so we look to the future, but we do not forget the past. We make the best of every day because we have come to realise that life can be cut short. But we also put a higher value on the small things in life that mean the most. A message from a friend, talking to a stranger, taking a walk in the fresh air, being kind to those around us. This gives us hope for the future, for ourselves and for the world. May God bless us all.