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COVID Strikes Again: In My Line of Work, I See What I See

Tracy Renee Lee

September 30, 2021

“It appears to me that people who live a healthy active life survive COVID more often than those who do not” Tracy Renee Lee

I am not a doctor, but I see from a unique angle, the fallout from the COVID Pandemic. COVID-19 has been a beast of an illness for some. For others, not so much. As a funeral director, I see the uptick and decline in deaths in a real-time situation, especially in the area in which I live.

I understand that people are afraid of the vaccine. It remains unproven and without a history. I also understand that people hate wearing masks. I feel very fortunate. I live in Texas where mask mandates are not in effect. I battle with all of the crazy COVID mandates. Who knows from morning until evening what will change and what won’t?

Lately, I have seen an uptick in cases. Last year, cases crested in October and began to fall again in November. Rather than continue to climb, I hope death tolls will fall again as they did last year. I also see a difference in the condition of descendants from 2020 to 2021. Physically, their appearance is nearer to their natural look.

Last year, we found that descendants sported a little extra weight while living. This year, we find that weight seems to be a present condition, however, there seem to be other contributing factors as well. Perhaps pre-existing conditions seem to play a more prevalent role in ushering in death this year because of the variant. Because of this, death seems to happen more quickly. Perhaps that is the reason descendants do not look as ravaged upon death this time around.

As for me and my family, we are adopting the following practices to help guard against contamination. We do not wear masks because we believe in cellular immunity. We sanitize and clean everything anyone touches, including ourselves. We are impeccable about personal cleanliness. The other thing we do is eat healthy food, take a full gamut of vitamins and minerals, watch our weight, get plenty of rest, and exercise our hearts. In short, we practice the health routines that were established for us as children.

I am not a doctor. I do not have any health or medical training. I do not offer this information as medical advice. However, in my line of work, I see what I see and it appears to me that people who live a healthy active life survive COVID more often than those who do not. Because of this observation, my family and I have moved to a healthier lifestyle. I hope you will too.

My name is Tracy Renee Lee. I am a Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C), Funeral Director (FDIC), published author, syndicated columnist, Podcaster, and founder of the “Mikey Joe Children’s Memorial” and Heaven Sent, Corp. I write books, weekly bereavement articles, Podcasts, and Grief BRIEFs related to understanding and coping with grief. I am the American Funeral Director of the Year Runner-Up and recipient of the BBB’s Integrity Award.

It is my life's work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on.

For additional encouragement, please visit my podcast “Deadline” at: Or at: and follow me on Instagram at "Deadline_TracyLee."

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