Among the saddest stories to come out of the coronavirus crisis so far is that of 13-year-old Ismail, who died without seeing the loving faces of his family around him.
In this short reflection, Mark Dowd – one of Things Unseen’s regular presenters and a Catholic – considers the importance of seeing a loving face when you are close to death. Even Jesus on the cross saw his mother Mary standing nearby and gazing up to him in his agony. Those who are dying of coronavirus, if they have a human being by their side at all, are likely to see the face obscured by a hazmat suit. So what hope is there in the Christian message this Easter time, with the families of the sick in lockdown?