CONNECTICUT, US: A man, who died of novel coronavirus, was delivered last rites over phone as his family was still in quarantine.
The Connecticut resident, Bill Pike died after being diagnosed with coronavirus, according to CNN.
As Bill’s pastor Reverend Peter Walsh from New Canaan, who delivered last rites, described the ritual as “the most beautiful litany of prayer.”
The nurse held the phone to Pike’s ear while Walsh performed last rites (in Catholicism, last rites are the last prayers and ministrations given to an individual of the faith, when possible, shortly before death).
Then, the pastor “told him I loved him” and hung up so that his family could say their goodbyes to Pike.
“It was a like a tapestry or quilt of our affections for him,” said Bill’s wife, Cathie Pike.
Bill Pike passed away about 10 minutes later. According to the Pastor Walsh, it was the first time he ever delivered last rites over phone.
“While the effects of the virus are so devastating, there is something incredibly beautiful coming from this pandemic,” added the pastor.
More than 13,000 people have died from coronavirus worldwide, according to John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.
US has reported more than 300 deaths due to coronavirus with over 26,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.