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So Many Mothers Unexpectedly Lost To COVID-19

We just celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9th. Yet what was a day of great joy for many of us was a day of deep, unthinkable grief for so many more. At least 40,000 children have lost a parent to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. About three-quarters of those who lost parents are adolescents.

A total of 400,000 people have lost their lives to COVID so far, and 250,000 of those were woman, many of whom were mothers. The numbers are staggering and shed new light on Mother’s Day. I cannot imagine the depth of despair and grief so many people young and perhaps not so young who lost mothers must be experiencing. Our mothers are irreplaceable, indispensable to our lives and we want them to be with us forever.

Whenever a child loses a mother it is traumatic, no matter what age the child is. Mom is the glue that holds families together. Mom is the nurturing presence that makes everything ok as long as she is there to turn to.

If you know someone who has lost their Mother to COVID, try to remember that unlike Mother’s Day, which is a single day to celebrate mom, the grief of such unexpected loss lasts so much longer. My heart and prayers go out to everyone who has lost their mothers this year, whether due to COVID-19 or other causes. My heart aches for your loss and I pray that you be lifted up to survive the grief and go on living and doing things you know would make your mothers proud.

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