This post was written by Tanner Hulin and originally appeared on his Facebook page. It that gave me chills when I read it, but I think it’s important that more people gets the chance to see what he has to say.
”Last night I held my phone so a wife could FaceTime her husband as he passed from COVID complications. She talked to him like none of us were in the room and they were on their anniversary date dinner (next month). She told him all the things she was going to miss without him there and thanked him for being the best husband and father.
Although he couldn’t respond, you could see in his eyes he knew her voice. I hate this virus. I hate that families must grieve in isolation. I hate the brokenness in our world and I desperately want all things to be made new.
I firmly believe that experience shapes opinion. I think this is part of the reason people can hold such strong, polar beliefs about a topic because everyone has drastically different experiences. I’ve heard a lot of adamant opinions swirling around COVID. Some with personal experience but mostly those reiterating news releases and social media posts. Please consider your neighbors, friends, and family before airing your opinion. COVID is no joke.
My hope for you is that staying home would seem like a small price to pay to minimize the numbers of families who can’t hold their loved ones hand as they die. That staying home would seem like a small price to pay for the widow who must grieve alone tonight. That staying home would seem like a small price to pay to protect those who are vulnerable. That you would rethink posting your opinion that this thing is “blown way out of proportion.” I can assure you there are people all over the world whose worlds are standing still right now. How hurtful and careless must these opinions sound to them.”
“that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
So beautifully said! Thank you Tanner for being there for all your patients and their families. I pray the Holy Spirit surrounds you and lifts you and gives you strength through this difficult time.