Tonight I held you,
As I fought back the tears.
And grieved for your family,
That have loved you for years.

You became unwell,
There was nothing to do,
We watched through the window,
And increased your O2.

I called your family,
To see if anyone could attend.
Your family needed to know,
That this was the end.

But this virus is terrifying,
And people are shielding,
How can they be there,
When Covid is so unyielding.

I held your hand,
I wiped your face,
My gloved hand on skin,
As your breathing slows pace.

You’d still smile behind your mask,
And I’d try smile back.
To comfort and reassure you,
Is now my one and only task.

Your family called,
To say their goodbyes,
We stood with the phone,
And listened to their cries.

With tears rolling down our faces,
Into the masks we all wear.
We really wanted to help them,
And show them we care.

We woke you up,
So you could hear their voice.
We described your actions.
We had no other choice.

Their words filled with sorrow,
Their hearts played bare.
They wanted the time,
To show you, they care.

You looked peaceful,
And smiled at their call,
I hope it brought you comfort,
Standing there took my all.

We deal with death,
But not like this,
No family allowed,
To give you one last kiss.

But the next family will need us,
We will need to do the same.
But I hope I gave you good care.
And I will always remember your name.

By Sarah Pirie

HealthTribute to the health workers who have lost their lives fighting Covid-19

13 thoughts on “Death…

  1. So truly said dear lady. Those are hearts held courageous and a love unconditional, to stand tall against a horror that knows no boundary, colour or creed ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

  2. dessertflower5 says:

    Such a emotional blog. Felt the pain. It’s just horrible to see it all happening and feel so helpless. Look forward to reading more of your work.
    Regards dessert flower 🌸✌

  3. Over Soil says:

    There’s a few client names I’ve remembered over the years,
    But I recall some hilarious moments, as well as the sadness and tears,
    Masks must be worn and I am sure that they know,
    How much kindness and love, unable to show.

  4. It is an amazing blog.

  5. Ab says:

    Wonderfully and thoughtful expressed. Thank you. β€οΈπŸ™πŸŒˆ

  6. Era says:

    Heart touching, beautifully written

  7. spirited13 says:

    Hi! This was very heartfelt….and very relevant to so many people who not only work in healthcare, but those who are in care and who cannot see or touch or hug or kiss their family. It has been so awful for so many. Angel hugs and Blessings to All, Barbara xoxoxo

  8. dilipnaidu says:

    The quote is profound and states the ultimate truth.
    Thanks and regards.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      Hi Dilip, Have not hear from you for years! Glad to see you back visiting my blog. Thanks for your comment – your words are always so deep and wise…

      • dilipnaidu says:

        That’s very gracious of you Otrazhenie. I admit I have not been a regular blogger but was delighted to catch up with you once again. I’ve always enjoyed visiting your blog in the past and intend doing so again.
        Cheers and be very well. : )

  9. Beautiful and heartbreaking.

  10. Rhen Laird says:

    WOW, so beautiful–really got to me.

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