New York funeral home’s obsession with Covid-19 bodies

(Dan Tri) – Funeral homes in New York are still working at full capacity to meet the increasing demand from families whose loved ones died of Covid-19.

Pat Marmo, owner of the Daniel J. Schaefer funeral home in New York, handled the stored bodies.

In recent days, Wilson Mak often falls asleep after 14 days of working at a funeral home in New York, USA.

“When I close my eyes, I still see those horrifying scenes.

The four funeral homes in Ng Fook’s system located in Chinese communities in New York City are just microcosms of an industry that is overburdened, with bodies piling up in hallways and cars.

Overcrowding forced authorities to move bodies to distant morgues and reduce funeral services, especially in New York – which recorded more than 25,000 deaths from Covid-19, more than any other country.

Despite this, bodies continued to arrive.

“Cemeteries and crematoriums are all full.

According to CNN, the sweeping Covid-19 epidemic left more than 80,000 people dead and more than 1.3 million infected in the US.

Even when President Donald Trump praised America’s epidemic response efforts, the federal government quietly ordered an additional 100,000 body bags and opened a bid for about 200 refrigerated trucks to serve as `mobile morgues.`

Funeral directors in New York have to wait 3-4 weeks for a position at a cemetery or crematorium.

“I’m sure it’s not just one funeral home that uses trucks to store bodies,” Mak said.

Drone images show cardboard coffins piled up in mass graves on Hart Island – a place often used to bury the unclaimed or poor.

Changing traditional funerals

New York funeral home's obsession with Covid-19 bodies

Some people pray before the body of Mohammed Chowdhury – a victim who died of Covid-19 at a funeral home in New York.

At some cemeteries, new regulations have been introduced, requiring family members to stay in the car to watch the burial process from afar.

New York authorities have proposed temporarily burying bodies in parks in the city.

The number of bodies needing to be processed at Hannemann funeral home in Nyack, upstate New York, increased by 500%.

Taylor said he was heartbroken, but could not agree to accept more bodies than he could handle.

“I can’t bury all the bodies.

John D’Arienzo, manager of D’Arienzo funeral home in Brooklyn, said he worked so hard that he forgot to eat and lost 9kg.

Recently, Taylor had just received the body of a man and was asked to postpone the funeral because the man’s wife was in critical condition and had to be treated with a ventilator.

Another family was even more terrible when the husband, wife and daughter all died within 8 days.

“It’s crazy,” Taylor said.

The number of bodies increased rapidly, forcing funeral homes to avoid holding funerals together.

Although the risk of infection from bodies remains relatively low, researchers in Thailand have recorded the first case of Covid-19 infection from a dead person.

The importance of social distancing gained even more attention after funerals in Illinois and Georgia in February turned into `super-spreader` events when hundreds of funeral attendees were infected with the virus.

Technology also steps in to support funeral services.



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