Death Without Ceremony

From drive-by Catholic funerals to forgoing the Islamic ritual of washing the bodies of the deceased, COVID-19 has upended mourning rituals across belief systems.
It’s not the first time.
During the 1918 flu pandemic, Italians expressed horrors at loved ones buried “like dogs.” In Philadelphia, a victim’s sister described his makeshift funeral: “There were no embalmers, so my parents covered Harry with ice.”
However distressing, these upheavals can also be a wake-up call. As during the 1980s/1990s AIDS epidemic, some victims “wanted their deaths to be used to remind authorities to take these crises seriously,” writes Olivia B. Waxman.

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