Three Powys public buildings were lit up in yellow last night (Tuesday 23 March) to help remember all those who have lost their lives to Covid-19.
Powys County Council (PCC) put on the display, with the help of Newtown-based contractor AL Technical, at Y Gaer in Brecon, County Hall in Llandrindod Wells and The Park offices in Newtown.
They were lit in yellow, and featured yellow hearts, to commemorate all the residents of Powys who have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic in the past 12 months, with the date marking a year since the first day of the first nationwide lockdown.
The council acted after being approached by a Powys-based member of the Covid-19 Families Wales Facebook group, who had lost her mother to Covid-19.
PCC Chief Executive, Dr Caroline Turner said: “Sadly, we have lost more than 240 Powys residents to Covid-19 in the last 12 months and each one will have left a family, a group of friends and a community in mourning. We wanted to show our support for everyone in the county who is suffering.
“We hope that last night’s gesture will have shown the bereaved that they are not alone in their grief and I would urge anyone who is struggling to reach out to the medical and voluntary services that are available for support.”
Powys residents who have lost a loved one to coronavirus may like to consider joining the covid19 families-wales Facebook group
Hannah Walsh, from Presteigne, who asked the council if it would light up some of its buildings said: “The Covid-19 Families Wales Facebook group has been a fantastic source of support, but also for accessing resources. The group shares links about how to access bereavement counselling, ideas about how to remember our loved ones – especially in this unique time when we can’t gather as we normally do to honour somebody – so there are lots of quite creative ideas that people have had about how to celebrate the life of their loved ones.
“There’s a social element to it, there are regular quizzes, and for people who are very, very isolated it’s a fantastic way to share bits of your experiences with other people who are going through something similar. It’s a private group but you request membership, and it is specifically for people who have been bereaved.”
Powys Teaching Health Board also provides this advice on ‘Coping with Grief and Loss’: http://www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/documents/1145/Coronavirus-BeareavementSupport.pdf while https://www.ataloss.org/ can signpost you to a range of bereavement support services and Cruse Bereavement Care can be contacted on: 0808 808 1677.