Amid coronavirus, Israel modifies funeral rituals for first victim
Even’s body was carried to the cemetery by a burial party in biohazard gear, photographs of the private ceremony show. The funeral was limited to 20 mourners, each keeping at least six feet apart from the next. The nurse who cared for Even in his final days apologized on social media that his body could not be washed in the ritual way, as antiviral safety protocols now trump tradition.
“We are sorry he passed his last days and moments at a time when his family members were prevented from being by his side,” Even’s family — four children and 18 grandchildren — said in a statement, according to the Times of Israel. He was, they said, “a dear and beloved man, living a full life, devoted to his family, a strong man until the end.”