Memorial service for Southwark coronavirus victims to be held after lockdown

Josh Salisbury (09 April, 2020)

Those who have lost loved ones will be asked to join the ceremony to celebrate their lives

17803Southwark Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese (Image stock / BBC)

Southwark Council is planning to hold a memorial service to the borough’s coronavirus victims once the pandemic is over.

Heartbreakingly, those who have lost their loved ones in Southwark have been unable to pay respects as they normally would, due to restrictions on funeral gatherings and socially distancing rules.

Statistics for the numbers of those who have tragically lost their lives in Southwark are not available. Nationally, more than seven thousand people are confirmed to have died as a result of Covid-19.

To honour the lives of those who have passed away before their time, an interfaith service at Southwark Cathedral is planned.

“Any loss of a loved one is tragic, but deaths at this extraordinary time can be even harder to bear when many of the normal ways to express our grief and pay our respects are not available to us,” say town hall officials.

“We are working with our friends at Southwark Cathedral to plan an interfaith service to pay our respects to all those with a connection to Southwark who lose their lives due to COVID-19, once the country has come out of lockdown and returned to some sort of normality.”

The families, friends and colleagues of those who have died will be asked to join together at the ceremony to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

“When the time is right we will ask their families, friends and colleagues to join us in a celebration of their lives and recognition of the difference they made in supporting our borough through this time,” the council adds.

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