LIFE

This Cemetery Can Hardly Keep Up With ‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Burials

by Amy Paige
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With the death toll in New York City surging over 14,000, one local cemetery is struggling to keep up with the tragic demands.

Before the virus, Mount Richmond Cemetery on Staten Island would bury one person on an average day. Five burials in one day would be considered extreme.

But just last week, Mount Richmond buried 11 people in one day. The majority of these deaths were related to COVID-19.

Transportation companies, mortuaries, casket makers and other funeral-related businesses in the area are running low on space and equipment.

Not to mention the emotional toll so many deaths can take on their employees — and the fact loved ones cannot visit graves because of social distancing guidelines.

In the clip below, learn more about this cemetery in America struggling to keep up.

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