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Drive-through funerals are being held in the epicenter of Spain’s coronavirus pandemic | CNN
Source: PA National Guard. Photo by Senior Airman Wilfredo Acosta

Drive-through funerals are being held in the epicenter of Spain’s coronavirus pandemic | CNN

Madrid’s La Almudena cemetery is now holding drive-through funeral services every 15 minutes due to the coronavirus. A hearse will pull up with the casket in order for it to be blessed by a priest. A few words are said and the priest douses the casket in holy water before it is put on a gurney and rolled inside. The whole thing takes about five minutes. Next, a new hearse pulls up and the processes begins again, going on for almost the entire day. The state of emergency in Spain and rising death toll for the coronavirus has led to this burial and mourning process. Those who do attend the service, usually only a few, stand away at a distance and often wear masks and gloves. “I try to be close to them. I tell them I’m with them and that they’re not alone. Sometimes it upsets me. I cry,” commented Father Edduar.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/europe/spain-coronavirus-drive-thru-funerals-madrid-intl/index.html

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