March 2022 Bar Bulletin
By Stacey L. Romberg1
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, many older adults have died without the comfort of family and friends by their bedside. My mother, Mary Kathleen Romberg, who was 96 years old when she passed away due to congestive heart failure in a care facility in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was one of them. On August 29, 2020, she died alone. The care facility did not allow family and friends to be present due to justifiable concerns, especially given the progression of the virus in 2020, about exposing other elderly residents to COVID-19.
Although the practice areas of my Seattle-based law firm...