London funeral home offers dignity as UK COVID deaths surge
Embalmer Mary Evans prepares the body of a person who died from COVID-19 in the mortuary at W. Uden & Sons Fammore
Britain has recorded more COVID-19 deaths per capita than any other country, but Matthew Uden (pictured) said more
Uden & Sons usually arranges about 10 funerals a day during the winter. Now it is doing 15 or 16, with dozens more
Funeral conductor Spencer Baxter and pallbearer Doug Austin prepare a hearse, Staff at funeral homes play vitamore
Britain's funeral directors arranged around 90,000 more funerals in 2020 than in recent years, according to thmore
The company's bearers carefully loaded coffins onto hearses parked outside its various branches. At the back omore
During the pandemic's first wave last spring, Uden said it took a week and a half to arrange a funeral. Now, fmore
Funeral directors Spencer Baxter and Adam Tremelling make final checks on a deceased person ahead of a funeralmore
Embalmer Mary Evans dresses in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the mortuary. None of Uden'more
In the mortuary, embalmer Mary Evans wears heavy duty personal protective equipment as she prepares the body omore
"When we see a deceased who has died from COVID and been very severely ill, it isn't very nice," said Evans. Smore
Coffins containing the bodies of people who died from COVID-19 are seen in a mortuary at W. Uden & Sons. REUTEmore
Embalmer Mary Evans prepares the body of a person who died from COVID-19. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Embalmer Mary Evans poses for a portrait in the mortuary. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Friends and relatives of Eileen Anderson, who died from COVID-19, pay their respects during her funeral servicmore
Floral tributes are seen at Beckenham Cemetery after the funeral of Eileen Anderson, who died from COVID-19 inmore
Funeral workers are accustomed to death, but the pandemic had still taken an emotional toll, said Matthew Udenmore
W. Uden & Sons Funeral Conductor Spencer Baxter leads the procession of a funeral service in Sidcup. Uden alsomore
Workshop manager Jack Uden lines a coffin in the workshop. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A funeral van containing empty coffins is seen ahead of workers collecting the bodies of deceased people from more
Pallbearers from W. Uden & Sons Family Funeral Directors prepare and polish a hearse. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A funeral director from W. Uden & Sons prepares to conduct a funeral. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A pallbearer from W. Uden & Sons Family Funeral Directors prepares a hearse. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Pallbearers from W. Uden & Sons Family Funeral Directors bow their heads to a coffin during a funeral service more
Pallbearers from W. Uden & Sons Family Funeral Directors load a coffin into a hearse. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Pallbearers from W. Uden & Sons Family Funeral Directors carry the coffin of Eileen Anderson, who died from COmore
W. Uden & Sons Funeral Conductor Spencer Baxter leads a team briefing with pallbearers ahead of a funeral servmore
W. Uden & Sons Funeral Conductor Spencer Baxter bows his head to a hearse containing a coffin as it is driven more
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