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Memorial Cairn


A special Memorial Cairn is being built within the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral to help the local community remember all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.

A cairn is a carefully created stack of stones and they have been built for many thousands of years as a form of commemoration. During the month of June Chelmsford Cathedral is inviting members of the public to help build a community cairn in the grounds of the Cathedral to remember all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic. As many people have not been able to grieve or say goodbye in the way we are used to, the cairn offers everyone the opportunity to pause and remember.

Ivor Cairn

Canon Ivor Moody, Vice Dean and Canon Pastor at Chelmsford Cathedral says:

“A cairn is an ancient, centuries old way of helping people to remember lost loved ones.  We felt it was important here at Chelmsford Cathedral to help people in a very simple but physical way to remember anyone that they may have lost. The circle of stones already forming at the Cathedral all represent people who have come here, written a message and placed a stone to be left here on sacred ground, in this sacred place as a memorial. This is the Cathedral’s way of joining with our community to remember, to help those who are grieving, so everyone is warmly welcome to add to this special memorial cairn.”

To lay a stone in memory of a loved one you can visit the Cathedral and add your stone within the circle. Stones are available in the Cathedral porch and you can personalise or decorate your stone before adding it to the cairn. Members of the Cathedral clergy team will be available at the cairn if you need someone to talk to from 8th June on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from midday until 1pm.

The Memorial Cairn is part of the Cathedral’s “How are you?” project which is reaching out to people to offer emotional support as lockdown restrictions begin to lift.

You can share your memories and experiences with Chelmsford Cathedral on social media using the hashtag #ChelmsfordCairn.