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Newfoundland family picks up the pieces when their 97-year-old mom dies | Me, Mom and COVID

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A Newfoundland family lives through lockdown, coping with their sister’s mental disability, the death of their mother, and the fallout from a local COVID-19 cluster. #CBCShortDocs #AloneTogether

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Mary Sexton’s mother, the family matriarch, dies just before the pandemic hits. Following her death, Mary’s plans to transition her sister — who is elderly and has a mental disability — from the family home to a seniors’ residence are disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown. The result: isolation, frustration and emotional stress. Her close-knit family draws on their late mother’s inspirational example to get them through.

The film explores the challenges faced by the Sexton family in St. John’s, Newfoundland during the pandemic.

It also looks at the parallels between the public response to COVID-19 and to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s, as told by friends and family of the late Tommy Sexton. Tommy, Mary’s brother, died from complications due to AIDS and was a member of the Canadian comedy troupe Codco.
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