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Bartlesville Red Cross member responding to COVID copes with her own loss to virus

Posted at 9:46 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 23:21:37-05

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The American Red Cross serves families across the country, as so many cope with losing loved ones to the coronavirus. They provide grief support at only one call away.

Bartlesville resident and Red Cross Regional Disaster Mental Health Lead Carolyn Harpole works the lines, since March, and now copes with her own loss to the virus.

“On Friday, he died,” Harpole said of her oldest brother, Donald Rausch, after he tested positive just two days before. “I was shocked and angry but, um, I'm getting used to the idea. I’m really going to miss my brother.”

Rausch was a farmer in Indiana.

“He was 74-years-old and he liked to drag race,” said Harpole.

While she goes through the emotions of his passing, she knows she is not the only one grieving.

Harpole said, “I would want people to take this virus seriously and to know there are resources out there.”

The Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center is there to lend a listening ear.

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