Stuart Hamlin, who recently lost his mother to Covid-19, shared a video of himself on Facebook, urging people to take the virus seriously.
In the video, one can almost feel his anguish as he cries uncontrollably and expresses how this is the by far the most pain he’s ever felt.
The young man’s mother died four days after being rushed to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in the UK after showing symptoms, Daily Mail reports.
“On Monday [23 March] Mum got taken to hospital. It looked like it was this corona. That was Monday. And now it's Thursday and she's gone. Just like that, gone,” Stuart said in the gut-wrenching video.
Hospitals across the UK have banned visitors to coronavirus wards to stem the spread of the infection.
The devasted son added how it’s even worse under these circumstances as people aren’t allowed to touch and hug each other for comfort.
“And we can't grieve, we can't comfort each other. We can't hold each other.
“Losing someone is hard enough but not being able to hold your family close when you do is the most gut-wrenching pain I've ever felt in my life.
“It ain't until it's closer to home that you realise how dangerous it is. I love you, Mum,” he went on to say.
The video went viral and messages of condolences came flooding in.
Stuart showed his gratitude in another Facebook post:
“Completely overwhelmed with the amount of support and kindness shown to our family. So many people, friends, even strangers from all over the world, offering to help in any way they can. I didn’t realise how many genuine, caring people there are out there . . . Thank you so much.
“In truth, we are blessed to have such a great support network in this difficult time. Other families aren’t so lucky and to all those other families out there that have lost loved ones recently in this difficult time, whether related to Covid-19 or not, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
“Thank you again, everyone, for all your kindness. Keep safe x.”