For Those We Lost

For Those We Lost

In this podcast, people share their stories of losing a loved one to COVID. Each episode is one person's story of losing someone they love. In these long-form interviews, we talk about grief, loss, the pandemic, healing and taking action. I am your host, Jennifer Sullivan, and I lost my mom to COVID in August 2020. I had no control over what happened and it wrecked me. This podcast is my hope, my light at the end of the tunnel, and my way of making sure that no one ever forgets about those we lost to COVID.


November 24, 2021 73 min

Episode 10. Marilyn in Arizona

In this episode I talk to Marilyn in Phoenix, Arizona. Marilyn is a science teacher and her husband works in science research. She talks about knowing how bad COVID was going to be and the choices her family made at the beginning of the pandemic to keep everyone safe. And they did such a good job. Despite all their efforts, Marilyn's family got COVID.

Marilyn lost her mother to COVID in March of 20...

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Episode 9. Jill in Los Angeles

Jill lost her father to COVID in April 2020 near the beginning of the pandemic. Jill lives in Los Angeles and her father lived in Chicago. He was very active in the local community and her family thinks that he was probably exposed to COVID quite early before there were any real protocols in place. Jill's dad developed COVID pneumonia and from the moment he went into the hospital in March until the...

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October 27, 2021 100 min

Episode 8. Lisa in Indiana

Lisa from Indiana shares her story of losing her dad to COVID in March of 2021.  We talk about so much in this episode and it's a long one, but there was no part of it I wanted to cut out. Lisa had to rehome her dad's dogs, take care of her mother, make the medical decisions for her father's care while he was in the hospital, and she had to decide when to turn off his life-support. As she says ...

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October 13, 2021 57 min

Episode 7. Lauren in New Jersey

When I started this podcast, I was angry that my mom died in a COVID outbreak in her nursing home. I was so focused on that that I didn't think about the people who worked there. Thank goodness for Lauren who reached out to me to tell her mom's story.

Lauren's mom was a CNA in a nursing home in Connecticut.  When the pandemic started their family decided to all isolate so that Lauren's...

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September 29, 2021 74 min

Episode 6. Rima in New Jersey

Rima lost her brother to COVID on May 10, 2020 which happened to be Mother's Day.  Rima shares her story with us in this episode and also talks so openly about how difficult it is to watch her mother's grief at losing a son on Mother's Day. To honor her brother's life, Rima started the Rami's Heart COVID-19 Memorial on January 25, 2021, on what would have been her brother's 41st ...

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September 15, 2021 63 min

Episode 5. Kpana in New York City

This is an amazing episode and I'm so glad Kpana shared her story with me.  Kpana and her family lost her mother last May around Mother's Day. She has three other siblings and they each took different roles in their mother's care, her end of life and afterward. There are so many good threads to follow in this episode, for example, Kpana and her family used a shared Google Doc to keep eac...

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September 1, 2021 64 min

Episode 4. Sam in Arizona

Sam lost her father last September to COVID and she shares her story with us in this episode. Her father spent 64 days in a hospital ICU and the experience Sam had with the hospital, the video calls and the lack of control led her to raise money to purchase tablets for her local hospitals and eventually to found a non-profit that focuses on family centered, holistic care. 

Sam opens up about so much in this...

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August 18, 2021 71 min

Thanks for listening to episode 3 of For Those We Lost.  Rosie comes to us from Texas and is the founder of Yellow Heart Memorial. Rosie lost her mom in the spring of 2020 and afterward she sought out a way to heal. She reached out to a young woman who was painting yellow hearts with images of those lost to COVID and asked for a picture of her mom.  That became the Yellow Heart Memorial, which has grown to local memorials all over ...

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August 11, 2021 64 min

Episode 2.  Maureen in Washington.

In this episode of For Those We Lost, I'm going to be talking to Maureen in the state of Washington.  Maureen lost her husband last summer and she shares her story, what she's doing now and she even shares her experiences losing her brother during the AIDS epidemic and how that loss helped prepare her for talking to people about COVID now.

For context on this interview and the ever-changing ...

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August 11, 2021 10 min

Welcome to episode 1. The introduction.

This episode answers the basics ... what this show is about, why I started it and how you can share.

If you've lost a loved one to COVID and would like to share your story on the show, please send me an email.  My email address is Or go to the website and click on contact button and you can reach me that way as well.

All episod...

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