I am sitting on my couch weeping after watching the final episode of FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL. I cannot get over the sheer terror the nurses, doctors, and patients must have felt as they lived through Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of the flooding in New Orleans. 

This was heart-breaking TV at its finest. They had no power, no water or ice, and no way to administer life-sustaining procedures. Those in need were continually crying out for help. The only thing those in charge could do was “keep people comfortable.” They had, in the end, only five hours to evacuate the facility leaving many left behind to suffer and die alone. The anguish of making that decision and then living with it for the rest of your life is mind-blowing. I can’t even imagine. 

I had no idea how many pets there were in Life Care Center, which is connected to Memorial Hospital. This moment caught me off-guard as this horrific scene played out. I stand in awe of the entire cast and crew who had to witness the reenactment of so much death. The writers and editors also used clips from this devastating period to make everything as realistic as possible. There was confusion and despair everywhere. The images are etched in my soul. 

FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL is so well-done. It juxtaposed me with this situation of anxiety. I could not find a realistic exit, nor should I. It is imperative that we, as Americans, never allow this to happen again to any human being. Even though this program is beyond challenging to watch, we must do so. 

FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL is available to stream on APPLE TV+. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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