Over the past few weeks, I have been writing blog posts to provide information that I hope was helpful as we faced a global pandemic due to the Coronavirus. This week will be the last post on this topic, and I want to pay respects to the most devastating consequences of the virus…..the deaths that have resulted from COVID 19.

According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 318,418 lives have been lost globally. In the United States, there have been just over 90,000 deaths to date. These numbers are staggering and leave us all sad and wondering how and why. If you have lost someone, you know the pain and sadness that comes with losing a family member or friend.

I think the most challenging part for patients as well as their family and friends was not being able to be with them. Many people died alone in a hospital, or in a nursing home because of the need to protect each other. As a nurse, I want you to know they were not alone but did have a nurse with them to hold their hand and say a prayer as they passed.

I know as a nurse, how hard it has been working in a hospital or a nursing home and caring for so many people who were dying. I know how hard it was when one patient died in a shift, and I can’t imagine how hard it was to see so many people die day after day. For all front line workers who are doing their jobs and putting their lives in danger to care for those who came to hospitals. thank you.

Today, we pray for those who have passed, for the healthcare workers who were by their side, and we pray for the families who have lost a loved ones.

I know this pandemic is taking its toll on all of us. It has been a challenge and has caused unimaginable pain and stress for so many.  I pray we all can get through this time and learn from it. If we can, maybe the heartache and pain we have all endured will have meant something.

Rest In Peace.

NOTE: I have listed the post that made up my COVID 19 Series. If you have not read them, please do. For those who have read them, thank you for reading them, commenting on them, and sharing them so others can receive the information.  I hope it was helpful.

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