STEPHEN FRY and Dame Prue Leith are among the celebrities encouraging us to remember those we’ve lost on a new annual Day of Thanks tomorrow.
The first-ever Celebration Day gives everyone a chance to reflect, remember, and honor those who are no longer with us but continue to shape our lives.
This can be family, friends or people who have influenced us positively.
Actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry, 64, said: “I am delighted to support Celebration Day to remember and celebrate our loved ones who are no longer here.”
Great British Bake Off judge Dame Prue, 82, added: “This is a joyful day to remember people who inspired you or who loved you but are no longer here.
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“You can do this any way you want — maybe listening to music you’ve shared, looking at photos, or just hanging out and toasting with friends and family.”
Celebration Day was created by a group of friends to honor the many who have lost their lives during the pandemic.
One of the founders is Julia Samuel, a London-based grief psychotherapist who has been working with bereaved families for around 30 years.
She said: “We have been discussing this idea for a number of years and given the past few years with the pandemic, now felt like the right time for us to launch Celebration Day to celebrate the legacy of those we loved and those we miss.
“When someone dies, the love and memories we have endure. In an uninterrupted world, it can become increasingly difficult to remain connected to the lives of those who are no longer with us in the way we would like. We all see Celebration Day as a remedy for that.”
It is backed by the Cruse Bereavement Support. Andy Langford from the charity said: “We know how important it is to commemorate and celebrate the death of someone close to you.
“Celebrating someone’s life is a way to remember the happiness they brought, not just the sadness of death. Family and friends don’t always want to talk about the person who has passed, but our helpline and online chat are there so everyone can share stories because it’s an important part of grieving.”
Those attending Celebration Day are encouraged to do whatever they want, from calling a loved one to share memories or invite them out to dinner, to playing music, lighting a candle, or looking through a photo album.
At Celebrationday.com you will find stories and films from people talking about how they will celebrate.
On the right, Stephen Fry, Dame Prue and other celebrities reflect on loved ones they’ve lost or just the experience of bereavement.
Stephen Fry: “When you see a lost friend’s number on your phone, you never want to delete it. They keep it there and keep them close. We should celebrate her life and the good fortune to have her.”
Lady Prue Leith: “I will remember my beloved brother Jamie on Celebration Day with a heartfelt toast to best brothers.”
Line of Duty actor Lennie James, 56: “I’m going to celebrate my Aunt Norma who we lost last year. I’ll go to our patio, look at the sky and blow a kiss. She was my mother’s best friend. They looked out for each other when they came to England from Trinidad as nurses.”
The Specials guitarist Lynval Golding, 70: “I will celebrate Bob Marley, whose music inspired me. I’m going to listen to his song Get Up Stand Up.” Ska king Lynval will also remember his band’s drummer, John Bradbury.
Telly Doc Radha Modgil, 42: “Celebrating those we’ve lost helps us process our emotions and reduces our feelings of loneliness. We recognize them and everything they brought into our lives and still do with their legacy.”
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