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The coronavirus has fundamentally changed how we live our lives, but perhaps most heartbreakingly, how we deal with death. Around the world, centuries-old burial rituals are being stopped. Gatherings to mourn someone’s death are limited. Even something as simple as a hug for a grieving friend is now essentially out of bounds.

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A funeral takes place on Good Friday as Italy celebrates Easter under lockdown to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Venice, Italy, April 10, 2020.

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