Only mourning: Iranian funeral traditions

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shattered in isolation of coronaviruses

Experts fear that the only death of Covid-19 suicide can lead to an increase in the number of suicides, as relatives mourn the loss of support

Of all the devastating effects of a coronavirus outbreak in Iran, the most painful is the only cemetery in which even the last hug of their loved ones is not allowed to bid farewell.

The worst outbreak of Covid-19 in the Middle East reported more than 3,600 deaths in the country.

Worldwide, as of Monday, the number of deaths from coronaviruses was approximately 1.3 million, and the death toll exceeded 70,000.

The arrival of a new coronavirus has changed the way Iranians mourn the dead.

Under normal circumstances, celebrations are held in the church or home, and close and distant relatives attend. Du 50 kitar, usually 50 or more, honoring the deceased and participating in the following cremation and ritual process.

The most important task for mourners is to provide emotional support to the family of the deceased and to ensure that they are not alone, which, according to many, increases the pain of losing a loved one.

The only death
One more valuable thing for Iranians at the end of their lives is that the Corona Virus has taken over – surrounded by the love of a large group of family and friends.

The messages of patients who die alone come from all over the world, all of which are quarantine measures that prevent the immediate contact of patients.

Only 12 funerals were attended by Reda Azizi, a friend who died from Covid 19.

They also told us not to bring flowers to the cemetery.

Mortesa Sarafshan described a similar experience at her father’s funeral, who died three weeks before Covid-19.

He said, “Three people from the hospital, all of them wearing safety suits, took our father to the funeral home,” adding that the hospital only directed two people to attend the funeral.

“We have been told not to get close to the grave,” said Saravshan. “Never mind the father hug in the end.”

Nowadays, changes in the usual prison practices apply to every death, and not only to those who died from the Coronavirus.

Mohsen Afrash, 53, testified that his son died in hospital two weeks ago from lung cancer. He was told that the number of people attending the funeral was extremely low.

Only 12 or 13 people offered condolences. Referring to his bed, referring to the first chapter of the Noble Qur’an, he said, “We could not even read al-Fatih near my son’s grave.”

“There were other new graves in the graveyard. Like my son, there were a lot of people around each other.”

Mourning in isolation
Many Iranians, now isolated, only want to stop the virus from spreading.

“I feel lonely. This feeling of loneliness made me more miserable after my father’s death,” Sarachan said.

“It was awful,” he said of his father’s lack of appropriate mourning rituals. After his father’s funeral, Sarafshan became self-confident and sometimes lost contact with his sisters, isolating themselves.

For Aphrodite, the loss of his son was painful, but what saddened him was that very few people showed respect for him.

He “understood and agreed” that it was right to do it to contain the virus and “preserve the health of others.” But he said, “The unity that we went through in the past few days and the absence of any of the relatives increased our suffering.”

In the absence of traditional customs, the Iranians have come up with new ways to relieve their pain when they face death.

Reza Azizi, who died a few weeks ago – with the family of the deceased – unfortunately missed the result.

Pointing out to the instant messaging service, my dear, I made a video of a friend, played a tragic song on it and sent it to everyone on the cable.

“We made a poster and asked all family members, relatives, and everyone we know to read the Qur’an and the fathah at a specific hour.”

A dangerous new reality
Mahdi Mohsenian Rad, a well-known professor of communications in Iran, claimed that the lack of funerals for victims of the coronavirus had created a “dangerous phenomenon” in Iranian society.

In an interview with a local news site, Mohsenian Rad explained that visiting the sick relatives and attending the funeral after going to the hospital represented “important and positive rituals for those who grieve for the dead.”

It is important not to let anyone fall into the consolation of “loneliness and unfair isolation.”

At the moment, the sociologist argues, “There is a vacuum that must be resolved because there are customs and traditions of communication in all traditional and modern societies and in all cultures around the world.

Isolation and suicide
Interconnected support networks are an essential part of life in Iran. Amanullah Jaray Moghaddam, a sociology professor, warned that Iranian society is witnessing “an increase in suicides caused by the Coronavirus.”

“Our society is emotional and oriental, but it is also linked to our family and relatives. So he said to those who have lost loved ones and who are definitely suffering more from stress and sadness. “

This social isolation may lead to more suicides, especially among those who deal with recent deaths in their constituencies.

Garay Moghadam recommended using cultural activities to “increase hope in society” so as not to lose more lives.

Garay Moghaddam indicated that this could be a shining side of this terrible crisis.

As sadness spreads throughout Iran, shared suffering can boost people’s morale, as sad people feel they are not alone in this experience, and thus feel lonely.

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