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Zooming a final goodbye

Zooming a final goodbye

Kate Napoli received the urgent call in late March as Maine’s coronavirus infections and deaths started to spike. “Your mother is failing quickly,” explained the nurse at Sunnybrook, a Brunswick assisted living home.   If Kate or her four siblings wanted to see their...
Saying goodbye to Dad

Saying goodbye to Dad

I held my father’s hand.  It was cool to the touch and growing colder. Blue and purple patches mottled his skin. His eyes were closed and he drew shallow breaths.  My father was dying.  On a warm September afternoon, I rode with my father in an ambulance to the...

A doctor who can’t stand on the sidelines

Car accidents, sports field concussions, heart attacks, insulin spikes. Whenever someone has a medical emergency in a grocery store, on a plane, on the road or during a sporting event, if Dr. Jennifer McConnell is on the scene, she’s often the first to offer help. “It...