Coronavirus: France’s ancient burial brotherhood defies Covid-19 – BBC News

The Covid-19 epidemic and the risk of infection have led to new rules in many countries about how we treat the dead. In France, like anywhere else, the restrictions make the process of bereavement even more difficult to bear.

In Béthune, in the northern part of the country, the Charitable Brothers of Saint-Eloi were founded in the 12th Century to help families bury their loved ones.

More than 800 years on, the Brotherhood is not just about folklore; it’s part of the city’s daily life and death. And its work is more relevant than ever in this period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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