Janice Dean: Cuomo, COVID and the anniversary of my mother-in-law’s loss of life – why this week was so laborious


“And as soon as the storm is over you gained’t bear in mind you the way made it by way of, the way you managed to outlive. You gained’t even make certain, the truth is, whether or not the storm is admittedly over. However one factor is definite. If you come out of the storm you gained’t be the identical one that walked in. That’s what the storm’s all about.”

— Haruki Murakami, “Kafka on the Shore”

I’ve this quote printed out and posted on my wall. I’ve learn it day-after-day and I noticed my household has lived by way of that storm.

April 14th was the one-year anniversary of my mother-in-law Dolores “Dee” Newman’s loss of life.  We remembered my father-in-law Mickey’s passing on the finish of March. As a lot of , we misplaced them each to COVID in long-term care services.

Janice Dean, husband Sean Newman and mother-in-law Dee Newman

Janice Dean, husband Sean Newman and mother-in-law Dee Newman
(Courtesy of Janice Dean)

This week has felt just like the hardest I’ve had in a yr. It’s as if my physique and thoughts have been in a relentless state of survival mode. Lastly, on the anniversary of my mother-in-law’s loss of life, I fell aside.


I cried all day. I couldn’t cease. I might distract myself for a bit bit with work and chores round the home after which the levees holding again the water would break.

I couldn’t cease considering of my husband Sean’s mother. Though Easter is such a gorgeous vacation with large which means, it was a reminder this yr that the very last thing Dee wished us to do earlier than she died was to put in writing her identify on some presents for our kids.

Janice Dean with sister- in-law Donna, her husband Sean, her niece Danielle and Danielle’s boyfriend Chris at the "We Care" Memorial Wall in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 21, 2021.

Janice Dean with sister- in-law Donna, her husband Sean, her niece Danielle and Danielle’s boyfriend Chris on the “We Care” Memorial Wall in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 21, 2021.

My husband nonetheless reaches for his telephone to verify in along with her and listen to her voice. They shared such a particular bond between mom and her son, and I really feel it with my very own boys.  There may be nothing fairly prefer it, and maybe that’s why the grief got here in such an amazing wave. 

For the primary time in a yr, after combating for accountability for Dee’s loss of life and my father-in-law’s, I felt like giving up.  I wished to let go and cease screaming. 

I felt so drained and overwhelmingly unhappy. The storm was beating me down and at last successful. 

The governor who wronged us, lied, and by no means apologized continues to be in workplace. He’s not going to be punished although there are a number of investigations, moral violations and sufficient proof to kick him out of workplace for good.

I’ve written 1000’s of phrases, attended numerous rallies, spoken with grieving households and tried with all my may to lift consideration to the atrocities that occurred in nursing properties after COVID got here to them.


I blame our governor for being reckless and irresponsible for the deaths of 1000’s of seniors in New York.

He celebrated himself, with the assistance of complacent media, promoting a $four million greenback memoir to the best bidder crammed with lies and inaccuracies.

Excessive-profile information anchors and hosts fawned over him, by no means asking about his tragic selections, and whispered about him as a future president all whereas we had been unable to see our family members earlier than they died and have wakes or funerals afterward to assist us get by way of our grief.

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We watched in horror as our governor promoted himself and his disgusting e book whereas profiting off the deaths of tens of 1000’s, together with our family members, as he thanked the academy for his Emmy award. 

And in any case of this, going into one other spring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains to be in cost.

The headlines telling of his malfeasance have gotten fewer with the highlight on his misdeeds dimming. 

Our elected leaders are too spineless to question him. 

He nonetheless stands there throughout closed press occasions pretending that every thing is okay with out reporters there to ask the questions we desperately need solutions to. 


He levels these day by day occasions claiming he’s getting issues finished. COVID will not be over. And we should stay New York Powerful.

And for the 1000’s of households who nonetheless have to listen to him converse and see his unremorseful face each day, it’s, for us actually one of many hardest issues we’ve got to endure. It’s a relentless reminder that our abuser nonetheless goes unpunished. Our open wounds won’t ever heal so long as the person who triggered us a lot hurt remains to be in energy.

When does it finish? I’m undecided.

However after I had my day of disappointment this week, crying 1000’s of tears of loss and frustration, I prayed to God for the energy to maintain going.

As a result of our storm will not be over.  And I’m not the identical one that walked into it final yr.  However I’ll proceed to climate it so long as it takes. I’ll regulate my sails and keep on.


And ultimately, maybe the rationale the storm has lasted this lengthy

Is as a result of the storm all alongside has been inside

Of me.


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