francesca onorato grandma saying goodbye coronavirus tiktok


This teen made a TikTok of her grandmother’s last goodbye before dying from coronavirus

'My grandma doesn't know she is dying that's why my mom is using present tense not to scare her.'


Esther Bell


Posted on Apr 11, 2020

TikTok user Francesca Onorato shared a heart-wrenching TikTok Thursday of her mother’s final conversation with her grandmother, who died from the coronavirus.

Onorato’s TikTok shows her mother on the phone with her grandmother, trying to keep things routine, but ultimately saying tearful goodbyes.

“I love you mom, so much,” Onorato’s mother says. “You’re the best mommy in the whole world. Always the best mama. I love you […] I’ll talk to you tomorrow. I love you, goodnight.”

“My grandma got coronavirus and is on her deathbed so we said goodbye one final time since we couldn’t see her irl,” Onorato’s caption reads.

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Onorato said in the comments of her video that her grandmother isn’t aware of the gravity of the situation.

“My grandma doesn’t know she is dying that’s why my mom is using present tense not to scare her,” Onorato said.

“She’s been under morphine and sleeping for a couple days,” Onorato clarified in a second comment. “She knows she has the virus but doesn’t know she’s dying.”

Onorato’s TikTok has 13.9 million views and 4.3 million likes. Viewers showed love and support in the comments, as many were emotional watching this video.

“This broke my heart,” one user said.

“I am so so sorry,” another user said. “I’m crying so hard. I’m so sorry.”

Many viewers called out those who aren’t social distancing during this coronavirus pandemic.

“Please stay home,” one user pleaded. “This is reality. Don’t go out to see your boyfriend or girlfriends. STAY AT HOME PLEASE.”

“And people are out getting Starbucks saying it’s ‘essential.’ You’re literally hurting families,” another user commented.

Onorato posted another TikTok later that day mourning her grandmother.

“It’s just hitting me that I’m not gonna be able to ever see my grandma again,” Onorato said. “She was the only one in my fam who accepted the way I look (hair dye, my outfits, etc) and I’m gonna miss having her in my life so much.”

“I want people to know that this is reality,” Onorato told BuzzFeed. “Those statistics you see on TV could be your family members and everyone needs to stay inside if we want this virus to go away quicker.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says social distancing is the best way to prevent illness and stop the spread of COVID-19.


H/T BuzzFeed

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*First Published: Apr 11, 2020, 11:26 am CDT