Thank you Mayor Walsh

Thank you Mayor Walsh for recognizing the cemetery workers contributions during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Today, Mayor Walsh closed his press conference by thanking a group of workers who have some of the toughest and most emotional jobs, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic: cemetery workers. Both historic and active cemeteries fall under Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

“Cemetery workers are often the last to say goodbye to someone’s grandparent, parent, sibling, cousin, or friend. Sadly, they are also with the deceased in their final moments on this earth.

Cemetery workers provide comfort and compassion to grieving families. That’s a solemn responsibility. It takes special people to do that kind of work.

Right now, cemetery workers are working long hours and multiple shifts to keep up with the demand for burials during COVID-19. We’ve seen nearly triple the number of burials that we usually do in City of Boston cemeteries.

One of the most heartbreaking effects of the COVID-19 crisis is that we can’t gather to say goodbye to our friends and loved ones in the way that we’re used to. It’s extremely hard for families who are grieving a loved one and cannot attend their burial.

To the families: know that your loved ones weren’t alone. They were surrounded by caring people. We hope that provides some comfort and closure, for anyone who needs it right now.

We are grateful for the respect and care that cemetery workers provide every day. Thank you for all that you do. You have our greatest appreciation.”