Sheila M. Hospice Nurse. Tampa, Florida. USA I have been a hospice nurse for 20 years, so witnessing patients and families cope with death and dying and the grieving process is normal for me. And it’s generally not difficult being an observer of these things. I’ve become comfortable with death and dying. It’s all partContinue reading “Fear is the common thread”
Antoine B, Higher Education Professional, CA When do you remember first becoming aware of the Coronavirus? Back early in January, when the media started to report about a new potential new form of pulmonary infection that can spread among humans. I was about to visit my girlfriend in LA for the weekend. As I readContinue reading “Hope we can survive”
Henry B., Creative Designer. New York, NY, USA. I think that being in New York, being a New Yorker, one is always subconsciously aware of the conundrum that is implied by, as they say in the clinical books, “comparing your insides with everyone else’s outsides.” By which I mean that we are constantly getting feedbackContinue reading “A New Yorker traces his path through Manhattan”
Jean C. Massage Therapist. Philadelphia, PA, USA. This past March I left on a relatively last-minute trip to a land of ice and snow to experience its people and beauty… and to take a continuing educational course for my profession as massage therapist. The country was Iceland, of which I had heard wonderful stories, andContinue reading “Coming Home to a Different World”
NB., Writer/Producer. Philadelphia, PA, USA. I remember my great-uncle Frankie telling me about the pandemic of 1918. He was a teenager enrolled at Villanova University and he and some of the other boys were conscripted to dig graves to bury the dead. I remember sitting at his kitchen table listening to that story and itContinue reading “Stirred, Not Shaken.”
Mary B., Healthcare communications. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Sometime in the middle of February a friend who works in the Public Health Agency sent an email to family and close friends suggesting they stock up on food supplies, hand sanitizer and face masks. That’s a bit alarmist, said one part of my brain. The other partContinue reading “Who’s In and Who’s Out?”
Bob P., Retired. Newtown, PA, USA. I have long had the Chilean fjords on my bucket list. A year ago, we booked a Silversea “expedition” 2-week cruise from Ushuaia to Valparaiso March 4-19 2020. As the departure date neared, coronavirus was a serious problem in Asia, but the US had only a handful of “imported”Continue reading “Cruise to COVID Hell”
Beth C., Guidance Counselor. Stratham, New Hampshire, USA. One of my favorite childhood memories was when I was a Girl Scout and earned badges to sew on my sash. I must have earned over 50 badges. Once I got the badge, there was always a sense of accomplishment but it was the “preparing process” ofContinue reading “A Badge of Preparedness”
Erin O., Executive Coach. Philadelphia, PA, USA. It all came crashing down within a week. The dream. The dream we’d held space for and told others about and engaged our children to help make a reality. And really it was a giant reminder from the universe to practice non-attachment, because in reality we have no controlContinue reading “Grieving the Loss of a Dream…Finding a Spark of Hope”
Liz W., President of a regional non-profit organization in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Early January. I was with a colleague, Afy; she shared that she was concerned about a serious virus in China. In China. I was surprised as she’s quite a sensible person. The virus was in China. Yeah, you know, way far away – inContinue reading “Adjusting, Thriving, Surviving”
Kath TH, Nurse. Auckland, New Zealand. Early February 2020 my husband was due to travel to Germany on business . He works from home with the international news channels on in the background. The media reports about Corona Virus and its devastating impact on Wuhan province in China were concerning him and as more andContinue reading “Quietly Optimistic in New Zealand”
Fran R., Retail. Doylestown, PA, USA. When I first heard about the virus, I thought it would be contained in China. When it eventually entered the U.S., I thought “well, no big deal it will be contained.” As I continued to work (interacting with customers, colleagues on the sales floor) I became aware of howContinue reading “Where Destiny Finds Me”
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