Workers at Providence St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, California, create a moving ceremony for patients who died from COVID-19.
Under the orange glow of a Southern California evening, the doctors, and nurses at Providence St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, California, stand in their blue scrubs and white coats, holding tiny white boxes. In those boxes, butterflies representing all the victims of COVID-19 who have died at this hospital in the past year. "The spirit of the butterflies and the spirit of our loved ones take flight amongst us," said one of the speakers at the ceremony. All at once, the white boxes were opened, and 200 butterflies took flight. The ceremony marks a rare moment for these front line workers to pause. With COVID-19 numbers coming down in many parts of the country, they're taking that moment to mourn all the lives lost. Some are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxieties.