DETROIT – When Lisa Zervos heard 13 religious sisters living together in a Livonia, Michigan, convent died of coronavirus, she felt heartbroken.
She sent the Catholic order a donation, brought flowers to the sisters' graves and kneeled down to pray for the repose of their souls.
"I was so sorry they suffered," Zervos, 52, of Northville, said. "Their whole lives were devoted not to themselves but others. It helps – when you think about what they did with their lives – to be a better person yourself."
Religious sisters who dedicated their lives to the care of others are now in need of support, and Michiganders like Zervos, and many from as far away as Norway, are offering sympathy notes and donations.
The deaths, which have garnered national attention, are a reminder of how vulnerable the elderly are to the virus and the challenges of living close together in independent living facilities and nursing homes.