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Jakarta Post

Jakartans band together to support families of deceased

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14 2019   /  12:42 am

For grieving families, taking care of all the preparations for a funeral after a loved one passes away, from tending to the body to acquiring a spot in a public cemetery, can be overwhelming. But in some areas of bustling Jakarta, neighbors band together to take care of the deceased until they are laid in their final resting place.Dimas Trisuseno, a 29-year-old man from West Jakarta, only had a few things to worry about when his father passed away following a heart attack several years ago.Dimas, whose mother had passed away several years prior and whose relatives lived far away, said he was surprised to see that his neighbors had made all the preparations for his father’s funeral at his home only a few hours after his father’s passing.“A few hours after my dad passed away, a tent was set up in front of my house and dozens of chairs had been placed under it, and there was food too....