Crosscut: I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours

Crosscut: I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours. “I am the youngest of four children, six years after my last sibling, most likely an accident. But even until the last day, she never admitted it. ‘I always wanted four children,’ she told me, tubes coming out of everywhere: the port in her chest, the oxygen in her nose, the IV in her arm. On Sunday, she had gone into the emergency room. By Thursday afternoon, she was dead. ”

Northumbria University: Online tool keeps families connected during lockdown

Northumbria University: Online tool keeps families connected during lockdown. “The ‘Togather’ website supports groups of family or friends to transform their WhatsApp conversations into a story booklet for a loved one who may be isolated. They are provided with topics and prompts to keep them busy and message about, allowing them to share their thoughts, photos, memories and experiences. Using the Togather online tool they can then transform their WhatsApp group chat into a booklet– which they can either print off and share with their loved one or download and email to them.”

DCist: Home For The Holidays? For Some, It’s Not A Risk Worth Taking

DCist: Home For The Holidays? For Some, It’s Not A Risk Worth Taking. “Lauren Durkee is not going to New Jersey to see her aunt and uncle this year for Thanksgiving. She and her husband Colin usually make the trip from their home in Silver Spring, Maryland, but with coronavirus cases rising and local officials warning against holiday gatherings, they feel the risks are not worth it. Plus, she says, the chances of letting their guard down are too great.”

WGAL: Nursing home’s ‘hug tents’ allow residents to get long-awaited embrace with loved ones

WGAL: Nursing home’s ‘hug tents’ allow residents to get long-awaited embrace with loved ones. “Restaurants aren’t the only places brainstorming new ways to yield to coronavirus-related restrictions and public health measures. A senior living center in Colorado figured out how to safely allow its residents to get something many around the world have been lacking in 2020 — the warmth of a hug.”

KOAT: After parents die of COVID within days of one another, daughter has somber plea

KOAT: After parents die of COVID within days of one another, daughter has somber plea. “A woman in Doña Ana County is pleading with the community to take the coronavirus seriously after she lost both of her parents to COVID-19. Maritza Serna said she’s still in shock that her mom Maria Burciaga de Manquera, 67, and step-dad Jose Manquera, 69, both recently died of COVID-19 complications just about 10 days apart from one another.”

Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Committee to hear from Google and Facebook as family violence hearings continue

Parliament of Australia: Parliamentary Committee to hear from Google and Facebook as family violence hearings continue. “The parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence will ask questions of Google and Facebook as well as organisations representing the male victims of family violence as it continues its program of public hearings. The Committee is gathering further evidence to inform both its recommendations and the development of the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.”

Who Dies: COVID took my grandfather. But it wasn’t what killed him. (The Cut)

The Cut: Who Dies: COVID took my grandfather. But it wasn’t what killed him.. “My grandfather died from complications of COVID-19. The last time I saw him, I wore gloves and a plastic gown, and put a face shield on over a mask. I stood next to his hospital bed with my family. The doctor warned us not to touch him, but I did, gently, one gloved hand over his. That he should die without touch felt intolerable, a punishment for a man who didn’t deserve one. We reminded him that we loved him. My mother told him that the neighborhood bear had returned, that the farmers’ market had good carrots. Despite our alien look, he recognized us. The virus was bad, he said, but he’d fight it. He tried.”

Good Morning America: I lost my pregnant wife to COVID-19. This is what I want people to know.

Good Morning America: I lost my pregnant wife to COVID-19. This is what I want people to know.. “Juan Duran-Gutierrez is now a single father raising three young children, including a newborn, after his wife, Aurora Chacon-Esparza, died of COVID-19 during the global coronavirus pandemic. Chacon-Esparza was healthy and following safety precautions, according to Duran-Gutierrez, when she contracted COVID-19 in June while seven months pregnant with the couple’s third child together.”

Teen Vogue: QAnon Conspiracy Theories Are Driving Families Apart

Teen Vogue: QAnon Conspiracy Theories Are Driving Families Apart. “Like many Gen-Z’ers, 18-year-old Emily doesn’t spend much time on Facebook. Recently, though, she started using the social media platform to find a roommate and look for scholarship opportunities. While browsing, she saw her mother’s page, which she said was filled with ‘crackpot theories’ revolving around the popular conspiracy theory QAnon. One of the posts falsely claimed to find a satanic symbol within the Democratic National Committee’s logo. For a moment, Emily was relieved to see that her mother’s friend had pushed back on the idea with a comment — until it became clear that the friend was only commenting to say that all politicians are satanic.”

Only one of their children survived Sandy Hook. Now school posed a new threat: The virus. (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Only one of their children survived Sandy Hook. Now school posed a new threat: The virus.. “Millions of parents had begun to worry by that July afternoon about schools reopening in the fall, but many found comfort in what they knew of the novel coronavirus. Most children who got sick would be fine. Seldom would they be hospitalized. Rarely — in only the worst cases — would they die. But Isaiah understood how little solace that knowledge offered his parents. They knew the worst could happen.”

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families. “Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced the creation of Alabama Family Central a comprehensive, easy-to-use web and mobile destination that offers parents and families, guardians, teachers and caregivers a one-stop connection to programs and services in Alabama. Information on childcare, education, family services and health services can all be found here.”

Daily Herald: How grandparents are stepping in to help with remote learning

Daily Herald: How grandparents are stepping in to help with remote learning. “Harried working families are becoming increasingly reliant on grandparents to help with virtual learning in the age of COVID-19. As virus cases rise in Illinois, more than 2,200 schools have moved to remote instruction for the fall, or nearly 31% of the 848 school districts surveyed by the state board of education. The shift has forced grandparents to supervise full-on digital learning while their adult children manage professional obligations.”