The publication by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) of information about the number of deaths involving COVID-19 makes clear the extent of the sorrow caused by the pandemic. Each number represents the life of someone who was loved and is missed, a precious person lovingly created by God.
The data also reminds us of the workforce who cared for each one of those who lost their life and many others, and who continue to diligently serve those in their care.
Stephen Hammersley, Chief Executive of Pilgrims’ Friend Society says, “Behind every statistic is a person who is grieved for and dearly missed. The CQC publication reminds us of the hardship and sorrow of the last 18 months, both for the loved ones of those who have died and for those who have worked so hard to care for older people during the pandemic. We continue to hold the bereaved in our prayers and to support those frontline staff who have given excellent and diligent care during this difficult season.”
The pandemic has forced us all to recognise the huge challenges in the social care sector. We look to the Government to lead well in this area as we adjust to a world in which COVID is ever-present, and we hope to see concrete plans to support the social care sector in the coming months.
As a Christian charity, everything we do at Pilgrims’ Friend Society is rooted in prayer. We pray together daily – for those living with us in our homes and housing schemes, and for those on the staff team, as well as the wider world.
Please join us in praying:
- For those continuing to grieve loved ones lost to COVID
- For protection for those living with us as we continue to see COVID present in the wider community
- For those caring for and supporting older people in our homes and housing schemes
- For the Government as it seeks to face the challenges of the social care sector and find good, long-term solutions