A year ago, like all Americans, we were living a normal life, working, going to the gym, picking up our children at school, going on vacations. During this time my 90-year-old father, James Keith Crutcher, was showing signs of dementia, forgetfulness, an unsteady gait, and, unbeknownst to my sister and me, taking many falls in his home.
Thus began the rapid decline of my father’s health and the anticipatory grief that was growing in my heart. At the same time, COVID-19 was spreading like wild fire, the American people were quarantined and the number of Americans dying increased daily.
This week, America reached 500,000 deaths, and counting, from the Coronavirus, and we are a nation in deep grief. I mourn the loss of my father and at the same time, the loss of 500,000 American’s.
My father died on December 13, 2020 after taking a bad fall and breaking his neck. Unfortunately, he had to have surgery, or be paralyzed from the neck down. Because of the pandemic, my family couldn’t be with my dad when he was in the hospital. We got him home with hospice care and he died three days later.
I pray with time, our nation can recover from all we have lost and heal from this devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
We Can Never Lose HOPE…..
I’m a Huntington’s Disease Advocate, the Chair for the Huntington’s Disease Society of American San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, a blogger and an author. My website is https://theresecrutchermarin.com