Mexico battles infectious waste disposal issues due to corona crisis

Piles of hazardous medical waste have been found in forests, warehouses and crematoria in Mexico as the country surpasses the limits of waste management. Military personnel have served their country and have a special role in society. Honoring deceased veterans…

States can’t wait for FEMA, Massachusetts lawmakers propose to help cover covid19 funeral costs

Lawmakers in Massachusetts have proposed a $5 million fund to help families, who lost a loved one to COVID-19, pay for burial services. Backed by almost a dozen lawmakers, a bipartisan proposal by Massachusetts lawmakers would provide up to $1,500…

São Paulo creates new public mausoleums to find space for coronavirus victims
  Latin America is emerging as a new hotspot for the coronavirus. To cope with the extreme numbers of deaths, São Paulo is building mausoleums with an estimated 13,000 burial plots.   With over 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly…
Ghana dancing pallbearers use social media hype to warn people to stay home

Ghana’s dancing pallbearers have gone viral and continue to spread awareness about celebrating a life well-lived.  The Nana Otafrija Dancing Pallbearers gained fame in 2017 after a BBC documentary covered the group and gave them worldwide recognition. Also known as…

New Zealand opens funerals up to 50 attendees

New Zealand Funeral directors consider the government’s change of heart a big win for the community who can now have 50 guests in attendance at a funeral service.  When the New Zealand government announced it would be entering alert level…

Family holds an ‘Animal Crossing’ Funeral service for a young gamer taken by COVID-19

What better way to honor an avid gamer than in a game? Family honors loved one with an Animal Crossing funeral. A New York family was struck with tragedy when a young man of 23 passed away from COVID-19. An…

Colombian innovation born out of the darkness around hospital bed and coffin shortages

Inspired to help prevent any more tragedies around coffin and hospital bed shortages,  Rodolfo Gómez got creative and invented a multipurpose cardboard hospital bed that, if needed, could be turned into a coffin. The world was shocked when the news…

Decreased imports from China gives Spanish coffin producing town a fighting chance

The import halt on coffins from China has led to this Spanish town of Piñor doubling production and adapting product lines to keep up with demand.  A town built on coffin production For generations the village of Piñor, in the…

3-year prison sentence for anyone blocking a COVID-19 funeral in Southern India

Protests against COVID-19 services force government intervention Two doctors, from the Southern Indian province of Tamil Nadu, were diagnosed with COVID-19 and lost their lives. As the families tried to bury the deceased, protests broke out, even getting violent, out…

Major Brazilian city almost out of caskets

A 400% increase of deaths has left unprepared death care professionals in the Brazilian jungle city Manaus stranded. Forcing families to bury their dead in mass graves. Eyes are shifting towards Brazil as it becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus…