On a mission to heal after exposing her dad to deadly virus

  • Michelle Pepe tries to smell her late father’s wallet while going through his belongings one year after he died of the coronavirus, in Sharon, Mass., on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. After contracting the virus herself, Pepe lost and has not regained her sense of smell. She keeps her father’s belongings in hopes that one day it comes back and she can smell him again. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

SHARON, Mass. — For a year, Michelle Pepe awoke every day, recited the Kaddish, the mourner’s prayer, and kissed a photo of her father. And coped with her guilt.