A COVID-19 memorial at Sedgemoor Crematorium is now available for the public to visit.
The memorial was officially unveiled at a launch event on Thursday at the Somerset site, which is run by the Westerleigh Group.
Just over a year ago the group announced plans to create permanent dedicated memorials within its landscaped Gardens of Remembrance at most of its sites for people to visit and commemorate loved ones who died during the pandemic.
A spokesperson said: “The memorials also provide focal points for people to remember, reflect on and pay tribute to NHS key workers and whole communities who pulled together during the crisis.
“At the heart of each tranquil memorial is a polished, black granite obelisk surrounded by wild flower planting incorporating the colours of the rainbow, which became a common symbol of hope during the pandemic.
“Westerleigh Group invited people of all ages and backgrounds to create a design for the stones, and six winners were chosen, one for each of Westerleigh Group’s regions.”
The Sedgemoor Crematorium obelisk features a design created by ten-year-old Jake Insall from Chilton Polden. His design features two hands reaching through and over a rainbow. Jake saw his artwork etched in stone for the first time when he unveiled the memorial at Sedgemoor Crematorium.
He said: “The hand that comes through the rainbow represents a person who has been lost and the hand that is coming over the rainbow is a person who is still alive. Holding hands, they are still connected and, in some way, still together.
“I was happy, excited, emotional and a little bit nervous when I heard I had won and the design would be used on four memorials.”
The design has been etched onto the memorial stones at Westerleigh Group’s Forest of Dean, Treswithian Downs and Westerleigh crematoria as well as Sedgemoor Crematorium.
The public are welcome to visit the memorial at Sedgemoor Crematorium. Go to www.sedgemoorcrem.co.uk for opening hours.