The current pandemic is hard for everyone right now, including those who have lost loved ones to the virus.
But for one family, it has been especially difficult after a woman recently discovered the heartbreaking message left by her husband. This is truly devastating...
Never before has there been a worse time to lose a loved one.Because of the ongoing medical pandemic, the way in which we grieve has been severely compromised.
The deadly virus has brought the world to a standstill...And millions of us all over the world are having to remain in self-isolation within our homes.
And this means that we are unable to see our loved ones.One of the most difficult aspects of this horrible situation is the ongoing separation from our family and friends.
These lockdown rules are preventing us from seeing anyone from outside of our own households...Therefore meaning that we have to resort to more technological methods of staying in touch, such as telephone calls and video calls.
So far, these methods have proven to be effective for most.But, in some more difficult scenarios, they can be utterly heartbreaking.
During the lockdown, thousands of people have lost a loved one.People are dying at alarming rates and, as a result of the lockdown measures, grieving families and friends are unable to get the closure they deserve.
The whole grieving process has been flipped completely upside-down.The attendance of funerals has been limited drastically, meaning that only immediate family members are able to say their goodbyes.
And, for those still in the hospital...All visitors are prohibited, meaning that the majority of people dying are having to die alone, without their family and loved ones surrounding them.
Heartbroken families are instead having to remain at home...With only their cellphones to hand.
Which is why one man with a virus diagnosis wrote his family a letter.Jonathan Coelho, aged just thirty-two, wrote the letter to his wife of 7 years and 2 children before he was intubated with the virus.
When COVID-19 struck, Jon was deemed an essential worker and tried everything to protect his at-risk son..."My husband wore gloves, masks, he washed his hands," his wife Katie said, "He was so super vigilant because he was so afraid of what would happen to our son if he caught it." But despite this, he still contracted the virus.
Though his symptoms started out mild, they escalated quickly..."Within twenty-four hours, he started coughing, and with the coughing fits, he wouldn’t be able to catch his breath in between. The doctor told him to go to the hospital because he’d probably need nebulizer treatments."
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family in this hard time...But Katie shared a tragic update to the GoFundMe page on Wednesday writing, "This morning unexpectedly Jonathan went into cardiac arrest and passed away."
It is not clear if the young dad had any underlying health conditions, but it came as a shock for the family as they thought that he had been getting better.Katie also wrote, "He had been doing significantly better the last few days and we were given a very optimistic prognosis. The nurse told me she has no idea what happened and why."
Following Jonathan's death, Katie was able to sit with him in ICU and tell him how much she and the children loved him.A truly heartbreaking situation.
In the days following, Jonathan's phone was returned to Katie...And it was when she turned it on that she discovered a note he had written from the day before he was intubated.
In his note, Jonathan wrote "I love you guys with all my heart and you’ve given me the best life I could have ever asked for. I am so lucky it makes me so proud to be your husband and the father to Braedyn and Penny.""Katie you are the most beautiful caring nurturing person I’ve ever met.....you are truly one of a kind.....make sure you live life with happiness and that same passion that made me fall in love with you. Seeing you be the best mom to the kids is the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced."
He also wrote a section to his children, saying, "Let Braedyn now he’s my best bud and I’m proud to be his father and for all the amazing things he’s done and continues to do.""Let Penelope know she’s a princess and can have whatever she wants in life. I’m so lucky... "
On the GoFundMe page, Katie added "The pain we are feeling is indescribable, our everything was stolen from us."My heart is not even broken it’s shattered. My kids and I will live the rest of our lives without Jonathan. And I don’t know how we’re going to do it."
A further update added:"Jonathan will be so desperately missed, he never held a grudge or judged anyone. He always greeted everyone with a huge smile and a hug. He loved life and was looking forward to watching his children grow up and growing old with his wife."
At the time of writing, the GoFundMe Page has raised $883,273.
via: GettyRest in Peace, Jonathan. Read on for more tragedies that this pandemic has brought us...