Behind the 100,000 dead from Covid-19, there are families in pain. Because very often, they could not accompany their loved ones in the last moments. Julie Grasset, founder of the CoeurVide19 association, answered questions from the Health Magazine.

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Covid-19: “We stole his death and his dignity”

Patrick Grasset, 67, died at his home, near Châlons-en-Champagne, on March 25, 2020. His daughter, Julie Grasset, denounces serious dysfunctions in his care and has filed several complaints. Type 2 diabetic, with a vascular history, Patrick Grasset was not hospitalized, and he died at home. ” The report of his death was made at his home at 7 a.m. but we were not notified until 9 a.m., remembers Julie Grasset. Between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., third parties made decisions for our father’s funeral, without my brother and I being able to intervene. When I get in touch with the funeral operator, I am coldly explained that it is not worth the trouble to come. It’s 12:30 p.m. and the cremation has already started. So there you take the wall. “

An impossible mourning

“We stole his death, we stole his dignity… he left under a tarpaulin and he was put into beer immediately. And above all he was sent to cremation within a completely illegal timeframe. Mourning for us is impossible: we haven’t seen him, we don’t know if it’s him… When the day before your 37th birthday you discover your papa’s urn on a desk, it’s surreal. ” Today, Julie Grasset wishes to alert on the suffering of thousands of families like hers. ” Behind the scenes of covid 19, these are drastic health protocols, particularly in terms of funerals, which confiscate, prevent mourning and tarnish the dignity of the deceased. It’s been a year since we had any listening cell, no toll-free number. We receive heartbreaking testimonies from families. Today, it is urgent to help the living to repair themselves. We must give people the means to go to see therapists “, she explains.

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