Rankin to recreate photos with loved ones for people bereaved during Covid

Many would cherish the opportunity to recreate a treasured photo with someone who has died. Now, a number of bereaved people who lost loved ones during the Covid pandemic will be featured in a new portrait series by the photographer Rankin alongside them for one last time. The project, called Dying Matters, is in partnership … Read more

Matt Hancock’s I’m a Celeb appearance ‘insulting’, says bereaved daughter

A bereaved daughter who won a high court ruling that Matt Hancock’s policy on care home discharges at the start of the Covid pandemic was unlawful has urged TV viewers to boycott his appearance on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Dr Cathy Gardner, whose father was among more than 11,000 care … Read more

Emotional debate over UK Covid memorial risks dividing bereaved

An emotionally charged dispute over how best to memorialise Covid in the UK risks dividing people bereaved over the course of the pandemic. A split has emerged over whether a red or yellow heart should become the long-term symbol of loss, and over the date of an annual commemoration. The crux of the dispute is … Read more

Bereaved families to ask Covid contract PR firms not to bid for inquiry work

Families bereaved by Covid will write to eight PR companies that received hefty government contracts during the pandemic asking them to withdraw from a tender process to manage part of the inquiry. The tender process is to run the Listening Project, announced earlier this year as a formal part of the Covid-19 inquiry, which is … Read more

Covid-19 public inquiry opens amid anger from bereaved over testimony

The bereaved will be “at the heart” of the Covid-19 public inquiry, its chair, Lady Hallett, has pledged at the first public hearing in the investigation into the UK’s handling of the pandemic, which the inquiry’s counsel described as an “unprecedented and vastly difficult undertaking”. Opening the first module to a sprawling inquiry expected to … Read more