Rainbows have become a familiar sight in the windows of homes around Watford; you can see them while going out for your daily walk. They’ve been used to brighten up people’s areas and spread a message of hope.

Some families are now putting pictures of yellow hearts in their window with a very moving reason why! 

The yellow hearts are being used to remember loved ones. The idea came from Hannah and Becky Gompertz and their granddad, David, after their grandma, Sheila, passed away.

They wanted a special way to remember her and others who have died due to coronavirus.

David also wanted a way for people to show other people that they are grieving so they don’t feel alone.

 

They came up with the idea of putting a picture of a yellow heart in their window, and shared it on social media. So far, almost 5,000 people have joined their group Yellow Hearts to Remember- Covid 19 on Facebook, and lots of people have copied the idea.

Becky said: “It just shows that this is something that can really help support people, and we just hope that it will do some good…it’s good that people are able to grieve together.”

And David continues “Our grandad was on the phone this morning and wanted people to understand, not only the number of people who have died due to this virus, but how many people have been affected due to the loss of a family member or friend.

 

“Although every day we hear the number of people that have died on our TVs – these are just numbers that don’t mean that much. If every family that lost somebody dear put a yellow symbol in their window, on their door or the pavement, people would better realise the extent of this personal and national tragedy.”

  • If you, or someone you know, is grieving, there are lots of ways to get help and support:

    Child Bereavement UK help line: 0800 02 888 40. Their website also has a live chat for help and support.

    The charity Winston’s Wish has support on its website and a 24/7 text message service to help. Text WW to 85258.

    If you are worried and feeling anxious you can also call Childline on 0800 1111

     

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