An intensive care nurse is mourning the death of her husband and mother from coronavirus within the same week.
The 53-year-old detailed the harrowing moments before Dennis took his last breath.
"Are you ready to be at peace?" she recounted to the outlet. “He said, 'Uh-huh.' And I said, 'OK. Mom's fine. She's back at the house. She's going to stay with me.' Because I knew he would keep fighting if I told him my mom had already died.”
"And so they started giving him morphine and Ativan,” she added. “I turned him over and I rubbed his back. I said, 'I love you.' He said, 'I love you.' And I said, 'You're going to go now, okay? You can finally be at peace.' "
Her husband died thirty minutes later.
The simultaneous loss of her two loved ones has left Jennings feeling “raw.”
"Sometimes I'm grieving for my husband and then I realize my mom's gone,” she said. “And I'm grieving for my mom. I just think ... oh, I'm going to go tell Dennis but then Dennis is gone. So the two people that would have been so supportive ... you know, they're both gone."
Jennings has received support from her two sons, but all three of them described feeling like they are drowning.
"As we go down, we're trying to push the other one back up to take a breath," she shared. "It didn't have to be this way.... Our family didn't have to be gutted."