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Sad, sad days

Saturday, April 18, 2020

My dear sister Tina passed away Wednesday in the early morning hours. She had been in a hospital and nursing home most of the time since November 1st. Her last days were the hardest both for her and myself. I couldn’t visit her because of the shelter- at- home restrictions due to the virus. The week before she passed the nursing home did let me in to see her, gowned, masked & gloved up to the max, because they thought her death was eminent. I got to spend 10 hours with her that day. She was so happy to see me as I was to see her. Following that visit I couldn’t get back in to see her again even though the nurses were telling me daily that she was rapidly declining.

The hardest part following her death was the fact that no funeral or service could be held. I haven’t been able to grieve my sister’s passing with family and friends. No one should have to mourn the passing of a loved one in isolation. My heart goes out to anyone who has had to endure this nightmare. This experience has taught me we all need to love our loved ones with everything we have because we never know what tomorrow will bring.

We will have a celebration of her life when all these restrictions are lifted.

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