He should have got her to stop but he never did, because he never took the time to figure out how to get her to stop. Sometimes being still and sad is the hardest thing.
My recommendation for our first book of the year is: The Herd by Emily Edwards. It looks at the question of personal freedom versus public health. How do we reconcile societal needs and values with personal beliefs and fears. It makes for compulsive reading in the aftermath of Covid and the vaccination campaign so not for the faint of heart. Here is the worksheet.