Remembering The Lives Lost To COVID In Massachusetts

More than 15,000 people in Massachusetts have lost their lives to COVID-19. WBZ-TV's Bill Shields reports.

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- Ago we talked about the nationwide death toll. These are four of the more than 15,000 people who have lost their lives to coronavirus here in Massachusetts. WBZ's Bill Shields spoke with some of their families today about the pain that does not fade.

BILL SHIELDS: Despite the best efforts of the country's doctors and nurses, 500,000 people have now died from COVID. But they're much more than numbers, they represented humanity.

LISA SULLIVAN: This year, 2021, would have been 63 years for them.

BILL SHIELDS: Bob and Mickey Sullivan were married 63 years ago, but recently Mickey developed dementia. Then the family found Belmont Manor.

LISA SULLIVAN: One of the Godsends in our lives was Belmont Manor for my mother. They were just all amazing there.

BILL SHIELDS: When COVID came for Mickey, the nurses at Belmont Manor arranged a video session in her last hours.

LISA SULLIVAN: We saw her moments before she passed.

BILL SHIELDS: Mickey and Bob always held hands, always. A few months after Mickey died, Bob died.

LISA SULLIVAN: Broken heart syndrome, they said.

In the Desfosses family of Norton, their hearts are also forever damaged.

JESSICA DESFOSSES: To be an 8 or an 11-year-old girl without their dad--

BILL SHIELDS: Detective Sergeant Steve Desfosses, of the Norton police department, was a strong respected cop, but COVID came for him too. His widow now as for people not to relax with this virus.

JESSICA DESFOSSES: If one person will think of our story and think twice, if we can prevent one other family from being in our position, then I'm glad to have shared my story.

BILL SHIELDS: 500,000 people. Think about it. That would fill up Gillette Stadium seven times over, and every one of them had a story to tell. I'm Bill Shields, WBZ News.