Grieving in the time of COVID-19


    MTHATHA – Maintaining social distance, an Eastern Cape family on Wednesday morning gathered to mourn two of their loved ones.

    The family watched from afar as the coffins of Nomakhasazana Soyizwaphi (70) and her daughter-in-law Lungiswa Soyizwaphi were sprayed with disinfectant before being lowered into the ground.

    A neighbour said a quick prayer for these two women who — according to family — loved going to church.

    It was a quick funeral, a sign of the times of COVID-19.

    Nomakhasazana was admitted to Life St Mary’s Hospital on 11 May for diabetes-related treatment and was discharged one week later. Nomakhasazana took care of her mother-in-law and it’s suspected that both women contracted COVID-19.

    On 28 May, Nomakhasazana was readmitted to St Mary’s Hospital. She died the very next day.

    Lungiswa sought treatment at a public hospital on 28 May and died three days later.

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    Source: eNCA (