Morticians volunteer for somber task
More than 100 morticians have gathered in Jianli county, Hubei province, to complete the somber task of preparing the bodies of the 434 Eastern Star victims for cremation or return to their families.
ZhangWei, who manages a funeral parlor inHankou and arrived with 15 morticians, said they would provide special care.
“It is the mortician’s job to let every deceased depart with dignity,” said Zhang, who has 30 years of experience.
“I exhorted every co-worker to move and clean the bodies with extra care. I asked all of them to put their heart and soul into every procedure in their work.”
The cruise ship with 456 people aboard capsized in stormy weather on the Yangtze River on June 1 in the country’s worst shipping disaster in 70 years. Only 14 people survived and eight remain missing.
Experienced personnel from several cities — including Tianjin, Guangzhou and Wuhan — gathered in Jianli to ensure that the remains are handled with dignity and respect.
Chen Pin, a mortician from Wuhan who volunteered to help, said she and four other colleagues were extremely saddened when they cleaned the body of a 3-year-old girl, the youngest victim of the disaster.
Morticians bow to containers holding the bodies of victims who died in the county, Hubei province, on Tuesday.
cruise accident at a funeral parlor in Jianli