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Last responders: Funeral workers in the age of coronavirus

A member of the Popular Mobilization Forces, who volunteered to work in a cemetery, wears a protective suit as he burns clothes they used for burial, near the new Wadi Al-Salam cemetery, dedicated to those who died of the coronavirus, on the outskirts of the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, May 25.  REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani    

A member of the Popular Mobilization Forces, who volunteered to work in a cemetery, wears a protective suit as he burns clothes they used for burial, near the new Wadi Al-Salam cemetery, dedicated to those who died of the coronavirus, on the...more

A member of the Popular Mobilization Forces, who volunteered to work in a cemetery, wears a protective suit as he burns clothes they used for burial, near the new Wadi Al-Salam cemetery, dedicated to those who died of the coronavirus, on the outskirts of the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, May 25. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani    
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Alisha Narvaez, 36, the manager and Nicole Warring, 33, a Resident Funeral Director at International Funeral & Cremation Services, a funeral home in Harlem, carry a deceased person into the basement area, where bodies are stored and prepared for funeral services, in Manhattan, New York, April 2. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  

Alisha Narvaez, 36, the manager and Nicole Warring, 33, a Resident Funeral Director at International Funeral & Cremation Services, a funeral home in Harlem, carry a deceased person into the basement area, where bodies are stored and prepared for...more

Alisha Narvaez, 36, the manager and Nicole Warring, 33, a Resident Funeral Director at International Funeral & Cremation Services, a funeral home in Harlem, carry a deceased person into the basement area, where bodies are stored and prepared for funeral services, in Manhattan, New York, April 2. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  
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Gravediggers wearing protective suits gather at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, April 2. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli    

Gravediggers wearing protective suits gather at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, April 2. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli    

Gravediggers wearing protective suits gather at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, April 2. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli    
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A coffin sits under a plastic cover as a precaution while undertaker Cassandra Yousef makes final preparations for the funeral service, in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A coffin sits under a plastic cover as a precaution while undertaker Cassandra Yousef makes final preparations for the funeral service, in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

A coffin sits under a plastic cover as a precaution while undertaker Cassandra Yousef makes final preparations for the funeral service, in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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A mortuary worker checks the hand of a deceased person in the mortuary at Poppy's Funerals in Lambeth Cemetery,  in London, Britain, May 4. REUTERS/Hannah McKay      

A mortuary worker checks the hand of a deceased person in the mortuary at Poppy's Funerals in Lambeth Cemetery, in London, Britain, May 4. REUTERS/Hannah McKay      

A mortuary worker checks the hand of a deceased person in the mortuary at Poppy's Funerals in Lambeth Cemetery, in London, Britain, May 4. REUTERS/Hannah McKay      
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Workers of a funeral parlor move a coffin containing the body of a person who died of the coronavirus at the Iztapalapa neighbourhood in Mexico City, April 30.  
 REUTERS/Gustavo Graf

Workers of a funeral parlor move a coffin containing the body of a person who died of the coronavirus at the Iztapalapa neighbourhood in Mexico City, April 30. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf

Workers of a funeral parlor move a coffin containing the body of a person who died of the coronavirus at the Iztapalapa neighbourhood in Mexico City, April 30. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf
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Municipality workers carry a coffin at a cemetery complex provided by the government for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, April, 22.  
 REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan    

Municipality workers carry a coffin at a cemetery complex provided by the government for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, April, 22. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan    

Municipality workers carry a coffin at a cemetery complex provided by the government for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, April, 22. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan    
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Funeral Director Omar Rodriguez looks over caskets of bodies at the Gerard J. Neufeld funeral home in the Queens borough of New York, April 26. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith  

Funeral Director Omar Rodriguez looks over caskets of bodies at the Gerard J. Neufeld funeral home in the Queens borough of New York, April 26. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith  

Funeral Director Omar Rodriguez looks over caskets of bodies at the Gerard J. Neufeld funeral home in the Queens borough of New York, April 26. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith  
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Workers of Funeral SOS, wearing protective clothing, prepare to remove the coffin of Antonio Freitas at his house, in theTancredo Neves neighborhood of Manaus, Brazil, May 7.   
 REUTERS/Bruno Kelly    

Workers of Funeral SOS, wearing protective clothing, prepare to remove the coffin of Antonio Freitas at his house, in theTancredo Neves neighborhood of Manaus, Brazil, May 7. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly    

Workers of Funeral SOS, wearing protective clothing, prepare to remove the coffin of Antonio Freitas at his house, in theTancredo Neves neighborhood of Manaus, Brazil, May 7. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly    
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Municipal workers in protective gear prepare to cremate the body a man who died due to coronavirus at a crematorium in Ahmedabad, India, April 22.  
 REUTERS/Amit Dave    

Municipal workers in protective gear prepare to cremate the body a man who died due to coronavirus at a crematorium in Ahmedabad, India, April 22. REUTERS/Amit Dave    

Municipal workers in protective gear prepare to cremate the body a man who died due to coronavirus at a crematorium in Ahmedabad, India, April 22. REUTERS/Amit Dave    
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Gravediggers wearing protective garments work as relatives of Neide Rodrigues, 71, who died of coronavirus, attend her burial at a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 8. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares    

Gravediggers wearing protective garments work as relatives of Neide Rodrigues, 71, who died of coronavirus, attend her burial at a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 8. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares    

Gravediggers wearing protective garments work as relatives of Neide Rodrigues, 71, who died of coronavirus, attend her burial at a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 8. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares    
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Gravediggers prepare the coffin of Antonio Marciano, 65, who is suspected to have passed away from the coronavirus, during his burial in Duque de Caxias public cemetery, near Rio de Janeiro Brazil, May 5. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes    

Gravediggers prepare the coffin of Antonio Marciano, 65, who is suspected to have passed away from the coronavirus, during his burial in Duque de Caxias public cemetery, near Rio de Janeiro Brazil, May 5. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes    

Gravediggers prepare the coffin of Antonio Marciano, 65, who is suspected to have passed away from the coronavirus, during his burial in Duque de Caxias public cemetery, near Rio de Janeiro Brazil, May 5. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes    
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Gravediggers rest as they wait for new coffins at a cemetery complex provided by the government for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 22.    REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan    

Gravediggers rest as they wait for new coffins at a cemetery complex provided by the government for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 22. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan    

Gravediggers rest as they wait for new coffins at a cemetery complex provided by the government for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 22. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan    
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A man offers funeral prayers for a Central Reserve Police Force officer who died from the coronavirus at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 29.  
  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui    

A man offers funeral prayers for a Central Reserve Police Force officer who died from the coronavirus at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 29. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui    

A man offers funeral prayers for a Central Reserve Police Force officer who died from the coronavirus at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 29. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui    
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Carlos Acuna, 52, works at a cremation oven as the number of deaths continue to rise due to the coronavirus outbreak, at San Isidro crematory in Mexico City, May 20.  
 REUTERS/Carlos Jasso  

Carlos Acuna, 52, works at a cremation oven as the number of deaths continue to rise due to the coronavirus outbreak, at San Isidro crematory in Mexico City, May 20. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso  

Carlos Acuna, 52, works at a cremation oven as the number of deaths continue to rise due to the coronavirus outbreak, at San Isidro crematory in Mexico City, May 20. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso  
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Michael Neel, funeral director of of All Veterans Funeral and Cremation, wearing full PPE, looks at the U.S. flag on the casket of George Trefren, a 90 year old Korean War veteran who died of the coronavirus in a nursing home, in Denver, Colorado, April 23.    
 REUTERS/Rick Wilking    

Michael Neel, funeral director of of All Veterans Funeral and Cremation, wearing full PPE, looks at the U.S. flag on the casket of George Trefren, a 90 year old Korean War veteran who died of the coronavirus in a nursing home, in Denver, Colorado,...more

Michael Neel, funeral director of of All Veterans Funeral and Cremation, wearing full PPE, looks at the U.S. flag on the casket of George Trefren, a 90 year old Korean War veteran who died of the coronavirus in a nursing home, in Denver, Colorado, April 23. REUTERS/Rick Wilking    
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Funeral vehicles stand in front of a morgue to carry coffins of coronavirus victims to cemeteries in Istanbul, Turkey,  March 31. REUTERS/Umit Bektas    

Funeral vehicles stand in front of a morgue to carry coffins of coronavirus victims to cemeteries in Istanbul, Turkey, March 31. REUTERS/Umit Bektas    

Funeral vehicles stand in front of a morgue to carry coffins of coronavirus victims to cemeteries in Istanbul, Turkey, March 31. REUTERS/Umit Bektas    
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A gravedigger walks at the Parque Taruma cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil, May 6. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly    

A gravedigger walks at the Parque Taruma cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil, May 6. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly    

A gravedigger walks at the Parque Taruma cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil, May 6. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly    
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Gravediggers open new graves at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2.   REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli    

Gravediggers open new graves at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli    

Gravediggers open new graves at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli    
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Family members and funeral workers carry the coffin of a 51-year-old man who died from the coronavirus at a cemetery in Cape Town, South Africa, May 12.   REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham  

Family members and funeral workers carry the coffin of a 51-year-old man who died from the coronavirus at a cemetery in Cape Town, South Africa, May 12. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham  

Family members and funeral workers carry the coffin of a 51-year-old man who died from the coronavirus at a cemetery in Cape Town, South Africa, May 12. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham  
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Funeral workers remove the body of a coronavirus victim from a hearse at a funeral parlor, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 7.  REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez  

Funeral workers remove the body of a coronavirus victim from a hearse at a funeral parlor, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 7. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez  

Funeral workers remove the body of a coronavirus victim from a hearse at a funeral parlor, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 7. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez  
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Workers at a crematory in Nezahualcoyotl during the outbreak of the coronavirus on the outskirts of Mexico City, May 16.   REUTERS/Henry Romero

Workers at a crematory in Nezahualcoyotl during the outbreak of the coronavirus on the outskirts of Mexico City, May 16. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Workers at a crematory in Nezahualcoyotl during the outbreak of the coronavirus on the outskirts of Mexico City, May 16. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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A worker prepares a coffin for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 28.  
  REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana    

A worker prepares a coffin for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 28. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana    

A worker prepares a coffin for coronavirus victims in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 28. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana    
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Men wearing protective gear bury the body of Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died after contracting the coronavirus, at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, Nigeria, April 18.     Nigeria Presidency/via REUTERS

Men wearing protective gear bury the body of Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died after contracting the coronavirus, at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, Nigeria, April 18. Nigeria Presidency/via REUTERS

Men wearing protective gear bury the body of Nigerian president's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died after contracting the coronavirus, at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, Nigeria, April 18. Nigeria Presidency/via REUTERS
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Gravediggers carry the coffin of Antonia Rodrigues, who passed away from the coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes  

Gravediggers carry the coffin of Antonia Rodrigues, who passed away from the coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes  

Gravediggers carry the coffin of Antonia Rodrigues, who passed away from the coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 18.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes  
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A funeral service worker looks at coffins of two victims of coronavirus during a burial ceremony in the southern town of Cisternino, Italy, March 30.  
 REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo  

A funeral service worker looks at coffins of two victims of coronavirus during a burial ceremony in the southern town of Cisternino, Italy, March 30. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo  

A funeral service worker looks at coffins of two victims of coronavirus during a burial ceremony in the southern town of Cisternino, Italy, March 30. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo  
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Relatives watch as gravediggers wearing protective suits bury the coffin of a man who died of the coronavirus, at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 13.  
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Relatives watch as gravediggers wearing protective suits bury the coffin of a man who died of the coronavirus, at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 13. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli  

Relatives watch as gravediggers wearing protective suits bury the coffin of a man who died of the coronavirus, at Vila Formosa cemetery, Brazil's biggest cemetery, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 13. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli  
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A mortuary worker is pictured amid coffins in Brussels, Belgium, April 9. REUTERS/Yves Herman  

A mortuary worker is pictured amid coffins in Brussels, Belgium, April 9. REUTERS/Yves Herman  

A mortuary worker is pictured amid coffins in Brussels, Belgium, April 9. REUTERS/Yves Herman  
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