Two sisters who lost their father due to COVID-19 remember his final moments with the last words he left them.
Anna Harp, 28 and Abrielle Clausing 21, received a last note from Rudolph Clausing in January. It said: "It's been such a great life."
The two women, who had been separated for months, decided to get a Tattoo of the father's note to both remember their father and to symbolize a happy life.
Harp said that they were both interested in getting tattoos. She also noted that Classing's last message was her fourth tattoo, and her father's fourth.
Harp believed it was so obvious that they should choose his final words, "because there's literally no more special than what he left us."
The couple, both from Siloam Springs in Arkansas, visited Harp's favorite tattoo artist Dustin Cleveland, Tulsa (OK) to get their father's note.
Harp chose a stylized tattoo that featured her father's name and two dogwood flowers. Clausing on the other hand chose to tattoo her father’s last words in his handwriting.
Harp shared a clip of their tattoo journey on Wednesday, June 23 and Rudolph's last words on Tick. This video quickly became viral, with over one million views and thousands commenting in support.
Harp said Rudolph became ill with COVID-19 during the height of the pandemic. He only discovered he had interstitial pulmonary disease in March 2020, just before the pandemic. His condition was not due to exposure to hazardous substances, but rather his genes.
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Harp and Clausing said that they tried to maintain their distance from their father and wore masks to protect him after learning about his lung disease.
Harp stated, "We didn’t even see him as much because we were so afraid that we would somehow give [COVID-19]] to him." "But, it was our worst nightmare because we were so afraid and it happened."
Rudolph, who was fighting COVID-19 for two months, died on January 13 at the age 66.
Harp Clausing and Clausing answered a question about their father. They said that he was a caring dentist with over 40 years experience. By creating custom dentures, he would make people's lives easier.
Rudolph was raised in Raytown, Missouri. He loved outdoor activities like fishing, hunting and grilling. Rudolph was a "family man" who loved to play cornhole with his six kids and pressure cook meals.
Clausing said that Clausing made everyone feel loved and saw the best in everyone. Clausing said, "I take that with me every day."
Harp said, "If we could just be even a fraction of the person that he was, then I'll feel fulfilled"