Those who have died from Covid-19 will be remembered at a special service at Knock Shrine in Co Mayo tomorrow.
The Catholic Archbishop of Tuam will celebrate a mass of remembrance for more than 2,800 people who have died as a result of the pandemic, north and south, since last March.
Dr Michael Neary says the inability to observe customs surrounding death and funerals has been particularly felt by people in recent months.
He said the grieving process had been impacted by the pandemic, with people deprived of the ability to console and comfort those who had lost loved ones.
While there had been "imaginative responses", like forming socially distanced guards of honour for those who had lost their lives, the absence of the usual funeral traditions had been keenly felt.
The Archbishop is hoping the mass will provide some hope to people and provide a chance to collectively reflect, pray and grieve.
Dr Neary said this was particularly important in the context of people expressing their faith.
Separate candles will be lit around the church, to represent the lives of each individual who has died as a result of the pandemic since last March.
The mass, at Knock Basilica, will be streamed worldwide on the knockshrine.ie.