Covid-19 vaccinations are starting to make an impact and numbers are slowly moving downwards in the US for cases and deaths.
But today the dip of virus cases met the grim reality of a pandemic gone viral, with 500,000 American deaths.
500,000 American deaths due to Covid-19 is more than all the soldiers killed in World War II.
Half a million Pandemic deaths have hit families from all walks of life, each changed forever in its own unique tragedy.
Across the nation, grief swells like a festered wound as people who did not have a wake, funeral, or other kinds of memorials fight to deal with tragedy without closure.
At the same time, family members are broken as a political divide over wearing CDC-recommended masks in order to keep others safe is still widely ignored around the nation.
The deep losses felt from the tragedy of losing 500,000 human beings to a virus will linger and most likely impact multiple generations.
For today, it's a milestone no one wanted to see, though many predicted would occur.
My condolences go out to all our lost loved ones. We face uncertain and turbulent times.
Soon, we will need to begin to heal and recover from the scourge of our century, but before we can truly begin again, we must face our overwhelming losses and start to mourn all we've lost.
by Philip Larkin
The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,
Killed. It had been in the long grass.
I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world
Unmendably. Burial was no help:
Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence
Is always the same; we should be careful
Of each other, we should be kind
While there is still time.