In a video message, The Prince of Wales has spearheaded a “virtual memorial” for all those who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entitled ‘Remember Me’, the online Book of Remembrance started by St Paul’s Cathedral however is open to mark the loss of loved ones of any faith and creed.
Prince Charles recorded the video message from his home at Birkhall and says, “This virtual book of remembrance is here to help us remember; not just to recall our loss and sorrow, but also to be thankful for everything good that those we have loved brought into our lives, and all that they have given to others.”
The Prince of Wales continued, “Together with the rest of the world, the people of the United Kingdom have experienced, personally, and in our community life, the shock of sudden change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For too many among us, this has brought tragedy and heartbreak. For some, relatives have not been able to be present at the time of their loved ones passing. For all of us, there has been anxiety in the present as we have wondered what the future will be.”
The online remembrance book from today and family, friends and carers of those who have died can submit, free of charge, the name, photograph and a short message of remembrance of the deceased person via the Remember Me website.
Prince Charles concluded, “We give thanks for how our lives have been woven together with theirs and, through this book, you are invited to share their lives with others – so that we and those who follow us can all remember what has been, and build together a better and more hopeful future.”
The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Very Reverend David Ison, said of Remember Me, “Remember Me is an opportunity to mourn every person we have lost to the effects of this terrible disease, an encouragement to offer compassion and support to those left behind, and an ongoing recognition of the impact of the pandemic on the UK.”
The choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral have recorded a piece of music to launch the project and to serve as an anthem for the book – Mendelssohn’s Lift Thine Eyes, part of Psalm 121.
There are plans for the Remember Me project to become a physical memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral in the future.
Remember Me will be open for entries for as long as needed.