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Ashes and grief at Los Angeles crematorium

A worker adjusts remains at the Hollywood Forever crematorium as it struggles to keep up with demand during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, California, March 3, 2021. Cremations at the facility tripled to about 60 in January from the year-ago total. In mid-January, the South Coast Air Quality Management District lifted air quality regulations that limited the number of cremations to protect public health.

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A worker adjusts remains at the Hollywood Forever crematorium as it struggles to keep up with demand during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, California, March 3, 2021. Cremations at the facility tripled to about 60 in January from the...more

A worker adjusts remains at the Hollywood Forever crematorium as it struggles to keep up with demand during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles, California, March 3, 2021. Cremations at the facility tripled to about 60 in January from the year-ago total. In mid-January, the South Coast Air Quality Management District lifted air quality regulations that limited the number of cremations to protect public health. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The Hollywood sign is show above the entrance to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is a Los Angeles landmark and resting place for thousands of American movie legends. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The Hollywood sign is show above the entrance to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is a Los Angeles landmark and resting place for thousands of American movie legends. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The Hollywood sign is show above the entrance to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is a Los Angeles landmark and resting place for thousands of American movie legends. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Eddie Martinez (pictured) has been spending a lot of time here lately as the increased demand for funerals and cremation services has stretched his role at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. "I used to be just a funeral coordinator. Now I assist with cremations as well. I assist with casketing, with dressing," the 31-year-old said.

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Eddie Martinez (pictured) has been spending a lot of time here lately as the increased demand for funerals and cremation services has stretched his role at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. "I used to be just a funeral coordinator. Now I assist with...more

Eddie Martinez (pictured) has been spending a lot of time here lately as the increased demand for funerals and cremation services has stretched his role at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. "I used to be just a funeral coordinator. Now I assist with cremations as well. I assist with casketing, with dressing," the 31-year-old said. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The work comes with an emotional toll but is gratifying, said Martinez, a father of three who has been fascinated with death and mummies since childhood.

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The work comes with an emotional toll but is gratifying, said Martinez, a father of three who has been fascinated with death and mummies since childhood. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The work comes with an emotional toll but is gratifying, said Martinez, a father of three who has been fascinated with death and mummies since childhood. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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"It was definitely an eye opener when it started hitting close to home, and to seeing a friend come to me, letting me know that her relative was in our care," he said. "I feel like I'm doing my part in helping the families ... and try just avoid any negative thoughts."

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"It was definitely an eye opener when it started hitting close to home, and to seeing a friend come to me, letting me know that her relative was in our care," he said. "I feel like I'm doing my part in helping the families ... and try just avoid any...more

"It was definitely an eye opener when it started hitting close to home, and to seeing a friend come to me, letting me know that her relative was in our care," he said. "I feel like I'm doing my part in helping the families ... and try just avoid any negative thoughts." REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The team handled two cremations a day at most before the pandemic, said Martinez, who has worked at the cemetery for six years. The process can take up to six hours. 

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The team handled two cremations a day at most before the pandemic, said Martinez, who has worked at the cemetery for six years. The process can take up to six hours. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The team handled two cremations a day at most before the pandemic, said Martinez, who has worked at the cemetery for six years. The process can take up to six hours. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A worker carefully handles cremated remains. A few months ago, a second shift was added to conduct four cremations daily. A second cremation chamber will soon be added.

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A worker carefully handles cremated remains. A few months ago, a second shift was added to conduct four cremations daily. A second cremation chamber will soon be added. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A worker carefully handles cremated remains. A few months ago, a second shift was added to conduct four cremations daily. A second cremation chamber will soon be added. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Funeral coordinator and crematory technician Eddie Martinez sorts metal from remains.      REUTERS/Mike Blake

Funeral coordinator and crematory technician Eddie Martinez sorts metal from remains.     REUTERS/Mike Blake

Funeral coordinator and crematory technician Eddie Martinez sorts metal from remains.     REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A worker carefully handles cremated remains.     REUTERS/Mike Blake

A worker carefully handles cremated remains.     REUTERS/Mike Blake

A worker carefully handles cremated remains.     REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A box full of metal objects removed from remains following cremation is shown at the Hollywood Forever crematorium. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A box full of metal objects removed from remains following cremation is shown at the Hollywood Forever crematorium. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A box full of metal objects removed from remains following cremation is shown at the Hollywood Forever crematorium. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A worker carefully handles cremated remains.        REUTERS/Mike Blake

A worker carefully handles cremated remains.       REUTERS/Mike Blake

A worker carefully handles cremated remains.       REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Funeral coordinator Eddie Martinez walks through a mausoleum. Social distancing signs are displayed throughout the cemetery, but it is difficult to restrain mourners. "Families' emotions come over them and they just go for it and they hug each other," he said. "We can't tell people to hold their emotions in until they get home."

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Funeral coordinator Eddie Martinez walks through a mausoleum. Social distancing signs are displayed throughout the cemetery, but it is difficult to restrain mourners. "Families' emotions come over them and they just go for it and they hug each...more

Funeral coordinator Eddie Martinez walks through a mausoleum. Social distancing signs are displayed throughout the cemetery, but it is difficult to restrain mourners. "Families' emotions come over them and they just go for it and they hug each other," he said. "We can't tell people to hold their emotions in until they get home." REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A Rolls Royce hearse sits parked in the rain at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A Rolls Royce hearse sits parked in the rain at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A Rolls Royce hearse sits parked in the rain at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Funeral coordinator and crematory technician Eddie Martinez collects remains from a cremation furnace. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Funeral coordinator and crematory technician Eddie Martinez collects remains from a cremation furnace. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Funeral coordinator and crematory technician Eddie Martinez collects remains from a cremation furnace. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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