The coronavirus pandemic has left humanity utterly helpless. Not only are we helpless to stop the spread of the disease, we are also unable to console our loved ones in their last moments. The pandemic is preventing people from burying our loved ones as per cultural norms and rituals. During this time, families and friends are afforded no time for closure.
This set of photographs captures the lonely funerals across the worlds:
Mourners watch from a distance the funeral of 13 year old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, who is buried in Eternal Gardens Muslim Burial Ground, Chislehurst.
The teenager from Brixton, south London, died in in King’s College Hospital in the early hours of Monday after testing positive for coronavirus Friday April 3, 2020. Ismail was buried without his family’s presence, as his mother and six siblings are forced to self-isolate.
Municipality workers wearing protective suits bury a coronavirus victim at a cemetery on the outskirts of Bahawalpur, Pakistan, on Sunday, April 5, 2020.
Eric Coleman sits in front of his father’s casket during his funeral, in Lexington, S.C. J. Robert Coleman’s widow and three sons were spaced apart to follow social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak.
A priest wearing a face mask performs funeral rites at a Madrid cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Municipality workers wearing hazmat suits bury the body of coronavirus victim on the outskirts of Herat province western of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Three friends sit at a social distance at the Pontes crematorium and funeral center in Wilrijk, Belgium, as they mourn a friend who passed away, at the on Friday, April 3, 2020.
A worker tries to disperse a group of people who gathered with flags and floral bouquets outside a park where an official memorial was held for victims of coronavirus in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, on Saturday, April 4, 2020.