Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.
Yesterday was a sad day for me. I learned that one of our clients, Mariette, took her own life on Sunday night.
Mariette lived in Italy with her husband Anton. This time three years ago her city was gripped in one of the first waves of COVID-19. They were in their early thirties, young and healthy. Mariette was pregnant with their first child. They thought they would be okay. Perhaps you remember my last post about them? (You can read that here ) Unfortunately, Mariette’s husband caught COVID and became deathly ill. Anton died on March 20, 2020. The elderly neighbour who took Anton to hospital also caught COVID and later died at home without ever reaching hospital. Mariette became infected too, and lost her unborn baby.
Mariette never recovered from the grief of her loss, or her guilt over the loss of their neighbour. She also struggled with her health post-COVID and suffered from ongoing headaches, brain fog, loss of smell and shortness of breath.
As the world around us is slowly returning to normal for so many people, I want to take pause this morning to think about the many people whose lives have been irrevocably changed by this pandemic, those who are still dying from this disease, and those who still suffer.
Vale Mariette. May you join Anton and your baby, and finally know peace.
All my love, Nicole xx