Dignity and rights of the dead and their families: A compromise in the time of coronavirus disease 2019

Med Sci Law. 2021 Jan;61(1):58-60. doi: 10.1177/0025802420945937. Epub 2020 Jul 29.


The biological aspects and economic impact of coronavirus disease 2019 have been extensively discussed in the literature. However the social, cultural and legal aspects of the pandemic, especially regarding the dignity and rights of the deceased and their families - have so far received little attention. This communication discusses restrictions and violations of the rights of the deceased and their families and their privileges to carry out funerary practices and rituals during the pandemic caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Keywords: COVID-19; burials and cremation; deceased; funerary practices and rituals; violations and ethics.

MeSH terms

  • Burial*
  • COVID-19*
  • Cadaver*
  • Funeral Rites*
  • Human Rights
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Respect*