Family holds vigil outside loved one's senior home room after COVID-19 diagnosis

MOORHEAD — The pandemic has been especially hard on area families with loved ones who are living their last days, especially if that family member has COVID-19.

Fargo-Moorhead nursing homes and care centers are not allowing visitors, and families are finding new ways to show love and respect.

Just outside a ground floor window at Lilac Homes Assisted Living in Moorhead, families are showing commitment to their loved ones inside.

Kris Domitrovich, along with other family members, have been holding a vigil outside the slightly open window of 86-year-old Christine Nachtigall, who was diagnosed days ago with COVID-19.

"I just feel I need to be with her as she is walking her last hours here and she is walking home into the arms of Jesus," Domitrovich said of her mother.


The family has been reciting bible verses and singing to show the care they have for Nachtigall.

"The window is open so I can talk to her; she opens her eyes a few times so I can tell her I love her," Domitrovich said.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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