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photograph the deceased to make possible “a last farewell to the face”

Written by Steven mark

IN VALENCIENNES, AT THE TIME OF COVID (6/6) – The Valenciennes hospital center has developed an original procedure to help families mourn.

A mobile team performs rapid facial cleansing in the room where the patient died.
A mobile team performs rapid facial cleansing in the room where the patient died. Jonathan De Cesare

Le Figaro spent a week in different departments of the city hospital to tell you how the epidemic is experienced day by day by caregivers.

Special envoy to Valenciennes

It’s a simple envelope of white paper with a name written in blue ink. Bérangère Louchart, caregiver in the death chamber of the Valenciennes hospital, delicately takes out a photograph. A woman rests there, her bust slightly raised, her mouth half-open, her hands crossed on her chest. You can imagine a hospital bed, but the rest of the image is blurred and bathed in a soft light. The woman’s soul is gone but she seems to be sleeping, peaceful. The photo will be offered to the family of the deceased, so that they can bid her a last farewell despite the heavy constraints imposed by the Covid.

“Usually, in the event of a death in our hospital, the body is taken to the mortuary room where a full toilet is performed, then the families

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