SPAIN'S MORTUARY WORKERS ENDURE THE DAILY MARCH OF DEATH

24 nov 2020

SPAIN'S MORTUARY WORKERS ENDURE THE DAILY MARCH OF DEATH

Mémora, the leading funeral service provider in Barcelona and Gómez and her colleagues work for Mémora when they face death daily due to this covid reasons.They will be always have two white bags one to cover the body along with the other.First they wrap the bodies in the bedsheets and then with the cover.Only the sound in the room is from the whisper of the zippers, sealing the dead from view for the last time.They are part of a group of essential workers. Like nurses and doctors, they have seen and touched the march of death from the virus that has already killed some 1.4 million people around the world.They disinfect the mouth, nose and eyes to reduce the risk of contamination. When Gómez and her mortuary workers enter a room at a nursing home to remove the body of a COVID-19 they work in silence.Many times in the nursing home only the white curtain separates the dead and the living.Gomez and her colleagues always try to convince the caretakers for moving forward while taking the dead body .She told in one of the press meet that "Just the simple fact of going to pick up a body and seeing there is another person, alive, next to them (in the room), that is what most gets to me.Some emotional detachment is needed in order to keep working, admits Rivera, 44.He said that Once I put the person in the shroud and close the zipper, I no longer ask myself if she had blond, red or brown hair,”.Any dwelling on the dead means “you don’t last long in this job,” he added.Gomez said that We should have learned something, “But once we were left to do what we want, we went back to our natural state. We have no memory.”The workers say they love their job because it gives them purpose and satisfaction.