Monday, December 5, 2022
As the holiday season approaches, many American families are looking forward to gathering and celebrating with their loved ones — possibly for the first time in years, as most COVID-19 restrictions are now lifted.
For children in particular, it’s an exciting time of year. But for Vickie Quarles, a health care consultant from Memphis who lost her husband, Theodis Quarles, to COVID-19 almost two years ago, and for her five daughters, Christmas has become a painful reminder of their loss.
The Quarles family contracted COVID in December 2020. They all recuperated, with the exception of Theodis, who was rushed to the hospital and a day later lost his battle against the virus. Like many victims at that stage of the pandemic, he died suddenly and alone in a hospital room.
The Christmas tree that Theodis and his daughters put together that year has stood in the family’s living room since he died. Vickie Quarles told Yahoo News her family is not ready to take it down anytime soon.
“It's sentimental to us," she said, "because that was the last thing that he helped put up.”
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