That is what Covid has taken from us -- not simply the symptoms or the complications but our very humanity. Perhaps we have contributed to this by acting foolishly, recklessly, and carelessly. Perhaps more masks might have helped or will help in slowing things down. But we were and are so quick to surrender our humanity to our fears that it just might be time to ask ourselves what kind of lives we are saving and what cost we are willing to pay for those lives.
This is one pastor who is not giving up but who does not have much hope of prevailing so that a nursing home working by the book might actually look into the face of this dying person and show a little compassion. After all, the spouse and pastor would follow all the precautions the people follow who are caring for this dear soul. If they had the chance.
Of course, people have died without spouses near or pastors visiting before. And still. But they do not have to die alone. At least not now and not this time.