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In the wake of COVID-19, honoring the fallen brings unprecedented challenges. So many victims, yet we cannot gather. Will we remember them? As Churchill once warned, “There are vast numbers…in every land, who will render faithful service in this war but whose names will never be known.” Much has changed since World War II, but our fears have not. Becoming sick or injured, losing one’s life. Protecting our families.
I think of my own darkest hour. The monitor and ventilator turned off, the room got eerily quiet save for an occasional sob. Gathering around the bed, we kissed him one last time, staples still fresh above his brow. His beautiful brown skin faded to white. Tenderly wrapping him in a brightly colored quilt, we let them take his body away. John-John’s battle was over and the world I had known for 48 years, ended.
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Henderson MC. Non Sei Solo. JAMA. Published online July 30, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.14420
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