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Michael in New York
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Michael in New York

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Michael in New York

Scroll down to hear Michael share the loss of his brother to Covid-19 in March 2020.

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Photograph: Berlin on March 11.

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Vital Signs

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These messages are from the two days before Alan was put on a ventilator. They were the last exchanges between himself and Michael.
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Paying tribute

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“The day my brother died, I was persuaded by close friends to leave my apartment in Brooklyn because it’s on the 24th floor and there was the risk of using an elevator. So I’ve not been home since.

And until two weeks ago, I avoided hugging and even being within 2 meters of my sons, which was almost as painful as losing my brother.

This was particularly acute for my brother’s wife, who dropped him at the hospital that Friday night, was told she had to self-quarantine, and didn’t see her husband again.”
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New York Times Obituary

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“Though not normal for me, I decided it would be meaningful for his family and myself for the New York Times to do an obituary.

Which, in retrospect, taught me how naïve I was about the scale of impact he had had.

My brother spent his career as a journalist in New York, mostly at the New York Times. Journalists at The Times and elsewhere were flooding my phone with messages.

It turned out I didn’t need to reach out to them to ask for an obit.”
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Not a statistic

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Love and miracles

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Photograph: Michael's garden, away from the city, isolated from the world.

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Photograph: Alan with his daughter Lauren on her wedding day.

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  • Contributor: Michael Finder
    Directed by: Julia Alcamo and Dan Hodgson
    Images provided by: Michael Finder
    Illustrations by: Ewa Ferdynus

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