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Obituaries Reflect the Story of the Pandemic

by Tracie Martin

Once, most of us grieved at funerals. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic restricting people from attending public events, people are increasingly mourning their losses — and measuring the epidemic’s toll — in the obituary pages.

A Haunting Reminder 

For many, the growing volume of obituaries serves as a sobering testament to the epidemic’s growing impact. 

‘A Humanized Crisis’ 

For others, the individual life stories told in each obituary are providing the personal context needed to understand the pandemic’s scope. 

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Obituary Pages Are Where We Mourn 

Finally, many have noted how the limits of social-distancing have shifted the way we mourn, with obituaries — and those who write them — assuming an important role in that process. 

To learn more about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the way we remember those we’ve lost, explore our library of epidemic coverage

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