4:48 PM 17th February 2021
BBC Look North Reporter Cathy Killick Shares Personal Story Of COVID Grief
On BBC Look North, Senior Reporter Cathy Killick shares her own personal story of grief as a result of the pandemic.
Losing both of her parents to COVID-19 in the space of six weeks, Cathy’s emotional report echoes the trauma felt by so many across the UK.
Ted and Elizabeth Killick with their four children Jenny, Jeremy, Cathy (centre) and Tim - credit BBC Look North
On the morning that COVID deaths reached over 10,000 in Yorkshire, Cathy wanted to share her personal story in order to give a voice to the many bereaved. At a time when so many thousands of people across the UK are grieving, she believes it is important that we acknowledge that national grief.
“I’ve been a reporter for the BBC for more than 30 years. In that time I’ve interviewed dozens of people who have experienced loss. I’ve done my best to convey their emotion faithfully - not having experienced it myself.
"Now I find I am one of those people. I lost both my parents to COVID-19 within six weeks – my Dad just before Christmas on December 2nd; my Mum just after on January 12th.
"I’ve always been struck by the bravery of the people I’ve talked to and I’ve always been grateful to them too. Journalism can only exist if people are willing to share their stories, so I’m going to share mine, not because I’m brave, but because I owe them.”
Within the piece, Cathy also gave huge thanks to the care-home staff, nurses and other carers who looked after her parents in their final days.
The piece was on BBC Look North from 6.30pm last night.
Over the past year, BBC Look North has spoken to many families whose loved ones have died as a result of COVID-19. BBC Look North recognises that Cathy’s story is one of many.