My uncle Hubert passed away last week at the grand old age of 92.

He was a much respected man in the community of Ponthenri and beyond and will be sorely missed by all of us - family, friends and in particular his beloved wife Eiry.

They would have been celebrating 70 years of marriage later on this year.

I was able to attend the funeral being a bearer, but I can't imagine what it's like to be someone losing loved ones during this Covid-19 pandemic, and not being able to pay your respects.

That's all part of the grieving process during bereavement, as it helps families get through the tough times that the loss of a loved one brings.

The funeral, although a very respectful and lovely service (lovely is an unusual word to use for a funeral, I know) it was also a very strange place to be.

The people who would have wanted to go, couldn't attend due to the Covid-19 situation, but so many of them paid their respects in different ways like standing outside their houses as the hearse passed by.

There are so many things in life we take for granted.

And until people are not there anymore, only then it hits home how fortunate most of us are, that we have a family and wonderful friends around us.

Some are not so fortunate and many become very lonely in life with no family or friends around.

It's important we do spend time with those who matter most and that's something I will certainly be doing more of moving forward.

There's going to be no more excuses of being too busy and not having time. If you really want to find time , then you will.

People have lost loved ones over the last few months, and it's been something of a shock to the system, especially not being able to spend time with them during their illness or comfort those around us in their time of need.

In lots of fields we've seen how vulnerable society is with coronavirus shutting everything down.

It's something I've never experienced before and my auntie Eiry, who is going to be celebrating her 90th birthday this month, was telling me that she has never experienced anything like this before.

It wasn't this bad during the Second World War, she said.

Whereas life was very tough, food was scarce, but they weren't shut in their houses and were able to go about and carry out their daily lives.

Yes of course life was very different back then in so many ways and, in general, much more difficult.

But this is something totally new and a different type of hardship for so many and has shaken people up a bit.

You only have to look at the number of people who are losing their jobs. And there may well be more in the future as I feel we haven't felt the full brunt of this shutdown.

It's brought back a reality check to how vulnerable we can be and it's also given us time to reflect and appreciate things, we may have taken a bit for granted in the past, a bit more.

Moving forward it might make us a bit more aware of the way we live our lives from now on.

Some will complain about not having the chance of going out and watching rugby.

Also there's been no live sport on television for a long period of time.

But it's the same with rugby and how we take things for granted.

I do think what we've gone through in the last few months will bring a lot of things back to our communities and locality.

One front I think that will happen is in sport and rugby in particular.

There are people out there who might not have bothered to go and watch their village team, regional or semi-professional side, taking it for granted they would always be there.

All of a sudden they're not there over a long period of time, and you don't know what you're missing until it's not there anymore.

I think this will see people going to support clubs and regions in their local community, when the game is back up and running, and fans allowed back into grounds.

Some people reading this might say: 'Hang on I can't afford to go and watch games' and that's a valid point.

It has to be affordable for everybody too.

I'm not saying for one bit that prices are too much here in Wales, but what you can't have is having huge price increases slammed on tickets to make up for lost revenue.

Everyone has to buy into rugby moving forward and it has to be affordable so people can go and more people will hopefully go.

I just hope grassroots and regional rugby will be supported by the public moving forward.

People have been starved of rugby for the last few months, and in New Zealand, we've seen supporters flock back to the game there.

The stadiums in New Zealand in recent weeks have been full and it's been great to see. It's also evident that the number of fans at games have increased the quality of the matches being played.

Rugby clubs over the last few months have been suffering tough times during shutdown, so hopefully we'll see fans supporting their local clubs, because they're a vital part of everyday life.

We've seen rugby clubs supporting their local community during the pandemic, now hopefully the people can repay that support by going to watch games when they can.

Not only rugby clubs but many other sporting clubs too.

This is an opportunity to go back there in numbers.

Referee Nigel Owens

We do have a great product and some of the most talented players in the world. We really need to showcase that.

We have the best supporters in the world, and maybe people will now appreciate what we've got and start looking a bit more positively at all elements of Welsh rugby.

We're the best nation in the world in many things.... one of the things we're terrible at, is appreciating what we've got in Wales.

Somebody gets a bit of success and there's too many people in Wales, who want to find fault and knock it.

Maybe this will make people realise in rugby we've got a wonderful product, talented players, a community game, a national stadium and regional sides that make us far better, than worse off.

Over the last few months the leaders at the Welsh Rugby Union have really come to the front during this crisis and really led with leadership qualities and showed compassion for everybody involved in the game.

We sometimes want to knock and have a go at people. Stop knocking people and everything for the sake of it and start appreciating things. There's something we can all do better, of course there is.

Let's appreciate and applaud things done well.

By all means be constructive in your criticism of the things that can be done better, rather than being negative and knock everybody and everything, all of the time.

There's a Welsh trait of us doing that whether inside sport or outside of sport.

They're looking for the first reason to knock that person down rather than tap them on the back and say well done.

New Zealand's rugby fans have packed out stadiums and supported their players.

My hope is Wales can follow suit, when the chance arises, because you don't know what you've got until it's gone.

This is true for all things in life too, not just sport.

Spend time doing the things you enjoy with the people that make you smile.

I certainly am going to because life is too short for anything less.