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Jakarta Post

Commentary: When your dead body is rejected everywhere

  • Kornelius Purba

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, April 8 2020   /  12:48 am

First of all, I should make it clear that I am writing about a human tragedy, which has unfolded as many dead bodies here and in other parts of the world are not able to be buried according to the deceased families’ wishes amid this COVID-19 pandemic.

Let us hope the horror will soon end, that the figure for fatalities dramatically falls and the number of people recovering from this virus rises exponentially.

Death is frightening for many, especially now that the virus had claimed nearly 75,000 lives worldwide. The pandemic, therefore, offers us an opportunity to reflect on what we can do to console people who have lost loved ones.

The virus knows no religious affiliation, socio-economic strata or political lines. Look at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for the virus. Let us pray for his recovery.

I have often shared hopes that my w...