It is with great sadness that we learn about the passing of Herman Cain. Herman was a husband and father (and may have been a grandfather), as well as being a minister and leader in his community. He is an example of persistence, leadership, and strength for many, and a testament to hard work.
As nurses, we have seen multiple deaths of individuals, and COVID-19 is rapidly increasing the frequency we are seeing these deaths. Each individual who dies is not just the individual, but a part of a family, a husband, wife, son, daughter, and a part of society. The isolation of death while in the hospital with COVID is real, and we as nurses feel this stress, anxiety, separation, and loss as well.
While we may have disagreed with certain positions and statements that Herman Cain made, or the way in which he used his influence, we empathize with his family during this time of loss, as well as his community and church fellowship.
While we often have a flair of sass which may be viewed as indifference, nurses often use different coping mechanisms to justify and rationalize the emotions and feelings which we encounter. Oftentimes these encounters are stories which are all too similar to Herman Cain’s.
Please do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. It doesn’t care who you are, how much money you have, or how much power you wield. Be kind, stay safe, and we can get through this together.
Photo Credit: Melissa Golden of the Wall Street Journal