Welcome to this
book of remembrance.
The Dean’s Welcome
Every person is valued and worthy of remembrance.
If someone you love or care for has died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they had lived in the United Kingdom, you are encouraged to remember them on this site.
You and the person you love could be of any religious faith, or none. The person who has died could be of any age, or any set of personal circumstances and does not have to be a British citizen. They will have been diagnosed with or suspected of dying from the COVID-19 virus, or their death was as a direct result of the pandemic.
This has been an experience shared by so many people across the United Kingdom. All those whose loved ones have died as a result of the pandemic have been affected by restrictions on travel and gathering together. Across the country, we have all experienced changes which will affect most of us for years to come.
In the pages of this book we can record and remember those who have touched our lives. We can share our sorrow, and also our thanks for all that those we loved brought to our lives and the lives of others. As a community we can in this way express our compassion and support for those who suffer loss, and remember the sorrows and sacrifices of others.
Although this book is UK based only, we recognise that the pandemic is global, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered and died around the world.
St Paulâ€™s Cathedral in London has been for centuries a place where significant national events have been prayed for and remembered, from the outcomes and losses of war to the tragedy of Grenfell Tower â€“ events which have touched the lives of many or all communities across the country.
This on-line book of remembrance continues that tradition in a changing world, and makes it available across the country, as together we remember and pray for one another.
The book will stay open for as long as is required. In addition we are planning, subject to public funding, to build a physical memorial in the Cathedral. We intend to build a new inner portico entrance at the North Transept which will act as a fitting memorial for all who have died as a result of COVID-19.
John Donne, Dean of St Paulâ€™s 400 years ago, wrote: â€˜Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankindâ€™. Just as we share in one anotherâ€™s sorrow, so we give thanks for the gifts given to us by others living and departed, and commit ourselves to work and pray together for a hopeful and resilient future.
The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paulâ€™s
Thoughts from the Bishop of London
In my work as a priest and formerly as a nurse I have been privileged to spend time with the dying and those who grieve. The loss and devastation we face at this time, as a nation and as a world community, cannot be measured. People of all faiths, beliefs and philosophies stand united in grief.
This memorial book will be a place where individual losses are named and grief can be held in the solidarity of shared heartbreak. May those who have died be embraced into new life by the God who is no stranger to suffering. May we too find healing and strength in that Love.
The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally