Multi-layered cadavers; Invisible griefs. Paradoxical logic of mortality during COVID
Dr Mohammad Hossein B. JahromiZoom
The Obvious Hidden. A paradoxical term, but directly refers to the hidden truth of death. Today, deaths are vividly on display; real-time dashboards, ceaseless breaking news, online charts and bars of death toll rates among the world is watching how visibly death and dying is. In such a tight lockdown situation, the deaths have become more visible than ever.
Oppositely, deaths have disappeared behind the doors of ICUs, people can no longer see the death stages of their loved ones. But the ICU doors with no-entry signs are the last encounters with the victim. We no longer see death together with the gradual weakening of bodies and the irreversible damage to tissues and organs. This ignorance also deeply affects the belief in and acceptance of death.
Also, the stages of death are out of sight; the last memory of the patient would be a defective and fearful goodbye. Death Rituals are all suspended, corpses no longer have the respect and mourning of the past. As a doctor in the ICU, I had to tell bad news to families and friends, but the grief and sorrow was much complicated. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to form the discourse to address the issue.