Stars and Stripes stripes.com 28 Dec, 2020 19:45 am

One family's losses reflect the breadth of the devastation from twin crises of covid, opioids

One family's losses reflect the breadth of the devastation from twin crises of covid, opioids
While calculating the impact of lost lives, productivity and health, economists and academics predict long-term effects on the mental health of those who have lived through the pandemic. Families across the U.S. are already grappling with that toll.

If you're inside, it feels like you're going to suffocate," said Bezzek, who has the drawn-out vowels of a lifetime spent in North Carolina.Louise Hope had seven children, raising them in Alabama and then North Carolina, where she and her daughters became members of the insular Worldwide Church of God, which some have called cultlike.After a divorce, she left the church, remarried a developer and helped manage property they rented to students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The Hope sisters visited North Carolina again in August while Marley lay in a hospital bed.

When an assisted-living facility cut off Cindy's visits with her own mother, Louise Hope.When Louise Hope rallied, the home halted visits once more.

Read full story at stripes.com