Ashes and grief: the pandemic’s footprint in a Los Angeles crematorium

"Всякая человеческая голова подобна желудку: одна переваривает входящую в оную пищу, а другая от нее засоряется." Козьма Прутков ©

By Norma Galeana (Reuters) — A cremation chamber, like a large stove with golden doors, sits in a room with dimmed lights, a few brooms and a cart with heat protective gear. Eddie Martinez has been spending a lot of time here lately as the increased demand for funerals and cremation services has stretched his role at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a Los Angeles landmark and resting place for thousands of American movie legends. «I used to be just a funeral coordinator. Now I assist with cremations as well. I assist with casketing, with dressing,» Martinez, 31, said. The team handled two cremation…

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