Any hobbit fans out there? Here is a deeply meaningful line from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. "The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, love grows perhaps the greater." (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)
If someone offered you a job caring for people who were sick and dying, would you take that job? What if it was understood that you couldn't see these people in person, you couldn’t touch them, you had to isolate them from their families, and they might make you sick or even kill you?
In a perfect world, our loved ones would pass away quietly, surrounded by those who mean the most to them. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to restrictions on visitors or physical distance. In these cases, we can say goodbye to a dying loved one over the phone.
As restrictions on gathering becomes the new normal in the fight against COVID-19, we have seen concerts and sporting events put on hold. One of the most heartbreaking consequences of these necessary restrictions are limits on how many can attend a funeral.
Holidays can be very difficult for those who have lost a loved one. Valentine’s Day can be especially hard if you are mourning the death of your spouse or partner. Stores decorated in pink and red, emphasizing love and romance, can feel especially cruel for someone filled with grief and loneliness, regardless of how much time has passed since their partner’s death.