Tell Your Story – California during the time of COVID-19

Tell Your Story - Adrienne, Santa Rosa.
Line at Oliver’s Market, waiting to be let in, only allowing a certain number of customers in at a time. Santa Rosa, April 4, 2020


Adrienne, Santa Rosa

“My grandmother, who I was very close with, passed away on May 29th. She lived in Maryland. I had known for about a month before her death that she wasn’t doing well. She had circulation problems. She was put on morphine. She was so small and frail—and 100—there wasn’t a lot that could be done for her. Of course, visitors were not allowed in the nursing home. My aunt was eventually let in to see her after ample disinfection and temperature screening. I wanted so badly to go back, to be with her. But I also didn’t want to risk infecting an entire nursing home, if they’d even let me in, after traveling across the country. So I relied on my aunt for updates. I got to talk to her once. She asked me when I was coming back and I told her for her birthday in July (like I always do). And we told each other we loved each other. I was so grateful to have that last conversation. We weren’t able to have a funeral for her. She had a graveside service with only a few members in attendance. I didn’t watch a livestream. My cousin is supposed to send me pictures. My cousin lamented how normally, with the funerals she’s attended, they don’t linger graveside for long, that normally they go and get food and start to heal in one another’s company, but that wasn’t an option in May 2020. So, they did linger graveside, then went their separate ways.”

Adrienne, 35
Santa Rosa


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