The covid-19 is no longer only controlling the way we live our lives it now increasingly controlling our after life.
Mark Levine who is the chair person of New York city’s health committee early this month created a buzz on social media networks after tweeting that the city was thinking of using local parks as temporary burials for victims of the Coronavirus. Social media and news outlets eagerly shared his tweets, which seemed to be a huge sign of the disease’s effect.
Even though city officials comforted the residents that the temporary burials will not take place anytime soon, but some aerial footage which circulated proved otherwise as the footage showed workers wearing protective clothing burying bodies on Hart Island, the city’s “potter’s field.”This proved that even though the city officials assured the pandemic was really overpowering both the health care system and our death care industries.
To those people who wished for a “proper” send-off after they die, the images were really surprising, but for thousands of Americans who are really poor the chances of being given such a burial is a growing reality, and it’s also not something new.
Programs have been put in place throughout the country to manage the indigent dead, and they have been grouped in categories which consists of the unidentified bodies these are individuals whose family members have not come to claim their bodies. These programs differ from state and in most cases, by county. They usually give a certain period of time and family members should claim the remains within that period if the body is not claimed they then rely on different methods of disposing the unclaimed bodies.
Chicago buries it’s remains in plots which were donated by the Catholic Archdiocese at Mount Olivet cemetery. San Francisco talked with a cemetery in Oakland to dispose of cremated remains in the sea.
Handling of these remains usually cost between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars per body.This creates a financial strain for some cities . They usually prefer to cremate the remains because it is cheap to do so, however in some cases, city’s give away the remains to medical science and this is done for free.
In most cities, the remains of the dead often is the burdern of municipal departments, like the board of health. As better salaries lure laborers to urban areas in the late 19th century, officials worked to solve the problems being caused by industrialization and continues population growth: poverty, crime and disease. Those who passed away in public hospitals, poorhouses, orphanages or prisons were often buried by the city with no or a little ceremony conducted. Bodies were laid to rest in simple coffins and moved straight to the public burial grounds.