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Working in a funeral parlour – 'Nothing could have prepared me for a pandemic'

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A worker from Uitenhage Funeral Home carrying out his duties during a funeral in the Eastern Cape
A worker from Uitenhage Funeral Home carrying out his duties during a funeral in the Eastern Cape
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Their job is one of the hardest in the country. They come into people's lives at their most painful moments and are expected to comfort and offer solutions while remaining unaffected. 

They are a different kind of frontline worker. When doctors have done all they can, their job starts.

Funeral workers have been on the frontline since the pandemic first began in the country, and for many, their lives have changed forever.

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