Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.Jonathan Harnisch
Last week I had a zoom call with a friend, Irene, who is helping me with some analytics and marketing. As we talked, she raised the idea of me finding a web dev (web developer) person. It was a good idea, and after our call I realised that I had already used someone before who would be great.
Sophie is a Spanish national, who has been living in Bali as a digital nomad for the last five years. I’ve hired her as a freelancer for a number of projects, and so I reached out to her via email.
She didn’t answer, so I sent a second message to both her Whatsapp account and Facebook.
A day later I received a response from her partner. Sophie passed away last week from COVID. She was a fit and healthy young woman, 32, no co-morbidities. A non-drinking, non-smoking vegetarian yoga instructor. She died two weeks after becoming ill.
I have tried to write this post a dozen times.
I was so shocked to learn of her death.
I feel so sad at the loss of her life.
Sophie is not the only person I know who has died of COVID. Many of our international clients have had loved ones die, or have passed away themselves. Many who survived COVID have never really recovered their health. I know of people who died although they were young, fit and healthy. I know of older people with so much life ahead of them who died. And I know of children and babies who have died from COVID.
Although we have so far been spared the kind of health crisis that other countries have seen, Australia is at risk and could easily succumb to a sudden spread of COVID in our community.
I struggle with the number of people in the spiritual and new age community who angrily tell me daily that COVID is a ‘ScamDemic’, no worse than the flu, or a total beat-up by the media and corrupt governments, or a plan from the new world order to usurp our rights and inject us with nanotechnology or tracking devices or mind control chemicals.
Meanwhile, I have friends on the medical and emergency services frontlines who have put their own wellbeing at risk for months now, and who have sacrificed much and given much in performing their jobs to keep us safe and ensure that we are cared for, here and abroad. Some of them have been abused or spat on simply for wearing their scrubs in public, or their masks. I have healthcare worker friends who have died from COVID, and some who have taken their own lives after dealing with the trauma of a hospital system overwhelmed and for having worked in what amounted to a war zone for months, with little support and no end in sight.
So, if you think that COVID is a scam, if you don’t want to abide by public health policies, if you insist on sending me conspiracy theory videos and articles, do us both a favour and unsubscribe. Unfriend me. Unfollow me. Thanks.
For everyone else, take advantage of opportunities to tell your loved ones how much you love them, check in on friends and family, especially people in lockdowns, or who have been doing it tough. COVID active in your community? Socially distance. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Abide by public health directives. Get vaccinated if safe to do so. Take care of yourself and each other,
Much love, Nicole xx
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I’m sorry and that you have suffered so many losses, Nicole!
It is very upsetting to hear so many of my fellow Americans discuss the pandemic in the past tense and go about their business as though there is no virus. Here where I live in the Midwest, our covid rate is climbing steeply and I am hoping they will reintroduce a mask mandate. But what we really need is far more people to get vaccinated and that is an uphill battle. I’m not feeling positive about the outcome of this situation, so I’m having to try to focus on myself and my immediate life and pay less attention to the news.
I am appalled at what I have seen in the spiritual / Ascension community. That are people putting out outright misinformation and so many people believe it that it’s really distressing and infuriating. There is nothing spiritual about putting out misinformation and conspiracy theories that could cost people their health or their lives.
Will be thinking of you. ❤️
Life f or many is a struggle, hugs and prayers help as does meditation which I do daily
such a sad and heartbreaking loss. I’m so sorry
Gentle hugs to you and those who have been and are hurt and devastated by this terrible demic. I’m in a spot that refuses to believe and tends to sweep it, as much as possible, under the carpet. My spouse still can’t taste or smell much after weeks of a ‘sinus infection’ in March. Because, of course a sinus infection is exactly why a person loses those two senses for months. (am sure you can see that sarcasm!)
Vale Sophie, and biggest of hugs to you sweetheart XO
I’m so, so sorry to hear this heartbreaking passing of such a lovely lady. Sorry for her, her partner and you. It’s an awful disease and one that we are going to have to learn to manage and avoid. I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said, I’ve unfriended several people who have expressed often vile hatred along with the lies and misinformation. I have had stand up rows in sites where I’ve had to work throughout because I was insisting on mask and distancing and they thought that it was either ‘not going to happen’ or, indeed ‘it’s just flu’ or. worse ‘a’right love, I haven’t got it. ‘Just Flu’ scared the bajaysus out of me when I bought it home from work and then gave it to my partner. I’m not frontline, I just work in the laundry industry and I have never in my life been so scared to go to work. – I have reasonably mild asthma. My partner is older and no health issues, she got so bad we were considering hospital, thankfully avoided. I basically slept and managed to keep the animals cared for – we had to rely on friends to bring supplies because of course it hit right before our big shop.. By some miracle and the wonderful first jab she’d had two weeks beforehand, my elderly Mum who lives with me didn’t get it at all. I have never been so scared in my life that I would bring it home and she would die from it. My heart really goes out to everyone who has been touched by this crisis, everyone. Blessed Be Nicole, stay safe.
And may you stay safe and well.
So well said. The US has been to hell and back with Covid.
Thank you Nicole.
Vale Sophie. Love to you Nicole🌟