Debbie McGee "cherishes" the moments she can look back on her life with Paul Daniels.
The 65-year-old star was left devastated when her beloved husband died in March 2016, aged 77, anf she believes it is important to keep the "wonderful memories" of their time together "alive".
Debbie is offering support to Marie Curie's Day of Reflection - which calls on the public to observe a minute’s silence at midday on 3 March - and reflected on how every person's experience of grief is different.
She said: “Grief is a universal experience that often leaves a huge imprint on our day-to-day lives. But when I reflect on the losses I have felt, I also see how personal each experience is and there is no single way in which grief touches us.
“That’s why it’s so important to get involved with Marie Curie’s Day of Reflection. On March 3rd, I will be remembering the important people in my life who are no longer here. I cherish the moments I have to reflect on my time with Paul and keep those wonderful memories alive."
New research found 50% of UK adults experienced the bereavement of a close friend, family member of acquaintance during the COVID-19 pandemic, with almost half still coming to terms with their grief, and the Day of Reflection is held to remember those who died during that time and to show support to the bereaved.
Debbie added: "I will take a moment to pause and remember the people who were bereaved during the pandemic in the most difficult of circumstances."
End-of-life charity Marie Curie have published resources to support people and organisations wanting to host an event, and for individuals to observe the day, including an events map at dayofreflection.org.uk, a downloadable petal to share the name of someone being remembered on social media, bereavement support via their support line, and a special radio programme, hosted by Gaby Roslin, called 'Sound Not Silence'.
Jane Murray, Bereavement Services Manager at Marie Curie said: “The pandemic was a devastating time of loss where people’s normal traditions and death rituals couldn’t take place or were altered in some way. For a great many, this made their grief either delayed or more complicated and put millions at risk of needing formal grief counselling. Today, that sad legacy continues. We still support new clients who were impacted by the pandemic, and I predict this will continue for years to come.
“Building a new life without a person you love is a life-long process. I hear first-hand how important the Day of Reflection has become. Time, space and reflection is an essential part of the grieving process.”