Inspired in the early days of the pandemic by the image of refrigerator trucks in Queens holding the remains of people who had died of COVID-19 and haunted by thoughts of who would be helping the survivors begin to cope with such unfathomable loss, Teresa (Terry) Schreiber Werth set out to give them a voice. Terry collected their stories, and little more than a year later, the compilation of essays was published. The stories resonate today as much as they did in early 2020. Most importantly, these stories give us hope. Terry joined us for a discussion about love, life and loss during the pandemic.

About Our Guest

Teresa Schreiber Werth is a retired communications professional, freelance writer, author, editor and certified funeral and wedding celebrant. Her initial efforts in creating this book focused on addressing the needs of families whose loved ones were dying alone. Werth realized that the scope of the pandemic was a prism of challenges and suffering, experienced by diverse communities in diverse ways. Through an extended network of creative and generous people, she sought essays, memoirs and poems based on both professional insight and lived experiences. Writers of all ages and a variety of backgrounds and nationalities responded enthusiastically to her invitation. Learn more at