For many Covid-19 victims, these are the last voices they hear.

From Marnie Eisenstadt at

The Rev. Terry Culbertson went up to the floor at Upstate University Hospital with a few others. They stood outside the door. They could not go in. She played the guitar and sang “Amazing Grace.” Others joined in. 

For more than two months at Upstate, clergy have called families who cannot be at bedsides, praying with the relatives over the phone. The chaplains sing from doorways and iPads.

All the human reflexes to comfort carry the threat of the virus; no hugging, no hand-holding. So they work to provide comfort in new ways.

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