“We have to do at the end with the infected deceased, know hardly any recognition,” says Karl-Heinz Müller. He operates a funeral home in Freiburg and wants the work of his industry will not be forgotten. Müller has taken over the operation of even as a young man by his father, now 12, and 24 temporary staff in the company and his daughter Sandra’s work.
The Corona-time carries for undertaker special challenges. But Müller was well prepared. In February, the funeral companies were not classified as relevant to the system. The 64-Year-old but had already suspected what would be in Germany and at an early stage of protection suits, disinfectants, gloves, and protection masks is concerned, in order to protect himself and his Team. “Two weeks ago, we have our operation completely changed,” says Müller in an interview with FOCUS Online.
For Covid-19-Infected, there is a separate hearse
It is worked in two working groups. The a take care of cold rooms, Transport, etc. – the others are for the contact members. “We have increased the safeguards extremely. If it is not certain whether a Person Covid-died 19, we will hold a consultation with the doctor. A lung disease, for example, we work only with protective clothing, and ask the members, that keep our employees according to distance.“
It is currently increasingly, elderly people have also shown symptoms of lung disease prior to their death, says the undertaker. For transportation of the Body of infected Deceased Müller has parked in meanwhile, a private vehicle. the FOCUS-Online-action #corona care: Germany helps!
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The Transport is the one that the grief of the other. The cope in these times particularly hard for the relatives. Initial contacts with the families by telephone, as well as the pastoral support. Funeral service to find out of safety reasons at Miller funeral home currently, the authorities recommend burials only in the narrowest family circle, with distance and increased precautions. Many Grieving no longer be able to say goodbye to the corpse of the deceased.
“Try to accompany people as well as it comes in the mourning”
In the exception Müller can cases and his Team good-byes, while still allow – but even then may enter only one Person the room one by one. Every evening the rooms are disinfected reason. For many, it is hard not to be able to properly bid farewell to the deceased loved one take. But Müller and his Team are trying everything to be Concerned as much as possible to offer help.
“to accompany, We try to please the people so well it comes in the mourning. We refer to churches for grief counseling in the home and we have two trained Grief facilitators who offer telephone support.“ When the funerals take place without the mourning, make Müller and his Team as many photos as possible to donate to the families in order for insight and comfort. I need help I would like to
help The work of Undertakers is more important than ever
Miller’s work has become more strenuous and risky. But he has tried from the beginning to react in a level-headed, and works tirelessly to ensure that everyone in his Team, as his partner Christiane Behr told. For you he is a Hero without wings.
“Around the clock he devotes his time, strength, and empathy to the families of our deceased,” says Behr. Just in time, in the farewell, mourning rituals and the Release are so complicated, has become the work of undertakers is all the more important. Therefore, Behr proposed to her husband as the hero of the Corona-crisis at the bouquet of flowers-action by FOCUS Online. Müller is one of the 50 winners.
Müller is glad that undertaker is the attention and recognition they deserve from the society. “Me, personally, it drives that we are in this Situation right now as a mortician, an important link between the bereaved and the deceased. We are there to ensure that a reasonable would is full of farewell possible.“
The undertaker gives people courage, with funeral services to the Corona-crisis made up could be, even if then perhaps a positioned photo of the aufgebahrten body needs to replace to get family and friends together once again, to say goodbye. The world is better than your bad news – FOCUS Online provides you every Friday with the best stories from the field perspectives. Subscribe here for free Newsletter:
Until then, Müller is Employed, grateful for his. “We’ve always been a well-functioning Team, and right now, it is clear how much of each is used to substitute for each, where it is necessary.” So all hold on, help is sometimes even a small gesture. From time to time, Müller lunch for all the support at the same time the Pizzeria next door. When he was asked years ago by a journalist what he deserve, was the reply of the 64-Year-olds: “recognition of the people who need us. That’s my motto.“ 29-year-old Spaniard, describes the dramatic end of his Covid-19-disease PCP 29-year-old Spaniard, describes the dramatic end of his Covid-19-disease