Families should be allowed to be with dying coronavirus patients in their final moments.

Families should be allowed to be with dying coronavirus patients in their final moments.

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Mark Sheehan started this petition to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister) and

Dignity. Humanity. Community.

In times of crisis these are three of the things that we strive to maintain. To survive? Yes. At any cost? No. How can we justify leaving loved ones to die alone or be buried alone when we have the capability to be next to those people if we have access to the appropriate PPE?

"Yes - continue to work in fulfillment centres packing and sending essential consumer goods items to prop-up the economy."

"Yes - continue to queue at 2 metre intervals outside your favourite supermarket to panic buy pomegranate seeds."

"But - NO. NO. NO. - please step away, right away, from this essential rite of passage. A moment in time that you will never ever get back but that will never ever leave you."

Such disregard for the lasting emotional impact on those that remain is unforgivable and will last long after the pandemic has retreated. The feeling of bitterness towards the state will surely build as steadily as the death toll.

Yes, a lockdown is necessary to prevent suffering on a scale that we can barely imagine in our gilded, modern lives but where do we draw the line? Who are we to put potential (preventable) risk ahead of the rights of the dying and their loved ones? 

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