Wife Plays Her Husband Their Wedding Song On FaceTime Moments Before He Died Of Coronavirus

Wife Plays Her Husband Their Wedding Song On FaceTime Moments Before He Died Of Coronavirus

Maura Lewinger had to bid farewell to her husband Joe over the phone. She hopes his death encourages others to stay safe.

These are strange times we live in. Our near and dear family members and friends are succumbing to a deadly disease in unprecedented numbers. To make matters worse, most of us have no way to be by their sides as they take their last breaths. However, as many of us do, we have learned to find unique ways to connect even in the most challenging situations. Maura Lewinger, whose husband Joe had contracted Coronavirus, was admitted to the hospital. Right before he passed, she played their wedding song over FaceTime so the couple could share one last special moment together, CNN reports.





Joe passed away due to complications from COVID-19. He was 42 years old. Owing to stay-at-home orders, his family, like many others, could not be present at the hospital when he passed. Even his wife was not permitted to be by his side. They had to bid farewell to each other over a call on FaceTime. In the days leading up to his tragic death, the couple "pretty much spent 24/7 on FaceTime, trying to mediate and calm him, trying not to let him feel alone," Maura revealed. Right before his death, Joe's doctors called his wife to let her know that his breathing was getting worse. Though they reaffirmed that they would try to do everything possible to keep him alive, it ultimately just wasn't enough.





When the doctors called her back to let her know they had tried everything but failed, she requested to speak to him one last time over FaceTime. "I saw him and I begged him not to leave us and told him we all need him. I thanked him for being the most amazing husband, for making me feel cherished and loved every single day," Maura shared. "I played our wedding song for him. And then that was it." After their phone call, the doctors informed the shaken wife that Joe's pulse was gone. Joe, a dedicated family man, leaves behind his wife and three children, a son and two daughters.





He worked at a Catholic High School on Long Island, New York. He worked there for the past two decades, as both an assistant principal and the coach of the basketball team. Even though Joe had no pre-existing conditions and was perfectly healthy, he fell victim to the deadly Coronavirus. He initially started out with "mild symptoms," including a low-grade fever, which quickly escalated around St. Patrick's Day in March. That was also when he began having issues breathing. Maura, who was devastated by his death, only remembered the amazing ways her husband took care of her.





"He always took care of me, got me my coffee and help me in every way," she said. "He always had a listening ear, no matter what you were talking about, Joe was always listening. He always felt like you are the most important person in the room." He would even write her love letters every single morning and leave them in her lunchbox. Maura hopes his death is a reminder to everyone about the importance of social distancing and self-isolation. She stated, "People are just not being careful. People are being so invincible-feeling and they think it can happen to them. You cannot, cannot, be with people that are not in your house. As sad and lonely and everything that is, you must, must stay with only the people in your house."


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