Families of Covid Deaths Are Given Heartbeat of Their Loved One


Cordelia Peterson, Writer

Covid ICU Nurse; Laura Triplett gives the families of COVID deaths the last heartbeat of their loved one to remember them by in a Minneapolis hospital. Triplett printed out the last heartbeat from the monitor and rolled it up to be put in a small bottle which she decorated with little hearts. She then gave them to the families of the patient.
Triplett began doing this when she realized that many families of COVID patients never got to say goodbye. It was the nurses that got to see their last breath. She couldn’t change this rule but she could help the families have
something to remember their loved one by.
She would have the bottles given to the families but never did it herself meaning that she could never see their reactions. So she questioned if her give she had spent a dollar on actually made an impact. But when people reached out to her expressing their gratitude and love for the gift she knew she was doing an amazing thing.
Joan Johnson of Saint Paul lost her husband to COVID in October. She received a heartbeat from Triplett which really moved her and changed her life.
“For the first week I carried it around with me everywhere, and then I was afraid that I was going to lose it. So now it sits next to me on my bedroom nightstand,” said Johnson.
Triplett brought the news of her heartbeats to her family and her daughters thought it was a wonderful idea. Giving someone something to remember a family member by and make it seem like there are always with you is such a beautiful thing.
“When I told my girls about the heartbeat they said that they thought that was super awesome because if it was me or my husband that had passed away that they would get a tattoo of that heartbeat like on them so they would carry it with them wherever they went,” Triplett said.
So many nurses have wondered what they could possibly to do these families who had lost someone important to them. Triplett was
among the first to come up with a safe and meaningful way to help them. Even relieving the smallest amount of pain can make a big difference.
Not everyone would get a tattoo of this but everyone will find it sentimental and prized. Triplett wants to help these grief stricken families in any and every way that she can.