We are living in difficult times. COVID-19 has forced children out of schools, elderly into further isolation and most significantly, it has exposed the crippling social inequalities that the most vulnerable in our communities have endured for far too long. While the rest of New Zealand are on lockdown, essential workers are sacrificing time away from their loved ones to ensure that the country runs smoothly and safely. This mini series aims to raise awareness, encourage hope and honour our people working on the frontline during COVID-19.
Luana Michael is a Manager and Funeral Director for Ese Tatupu Funeral Services. Luana shares advice on taking care of loved ones during this difficult time.
The funeral industry is an essential business to our community. It falls under the ‘Mortuary Services’ catergory outlined by the NZ Ministry Of Health. This is very important to all cultures, religions and beliefs in our country, especially when a death occurs. The deceased person still needs to be looked after.
We have processes, procedures and practical systems in place to keep our community safe when visiting our funeral home. My family are aware that the work we do is important and essential on all levels to our community when it involves death.
Look after our elderly family members. Listen to the advice from our leaders. It is to protect you, your family, and friends. Importantly it’s to save your life and the lives of others. This pandemic will eventually die down if we all follow the directives by our Government. Thank you for reading this. Look after yourselves and take care.
0508FAMILY- Oranga Tamariki (Reports of concern for children’s safety)
0508 744 633- SHINE
0800 787 797- Alcohol and drug helpline
0800 543 354 or free text 4357- Lifeline
0800 376 633 - Youthline
0800 111 757 Depression Helpline
0508 828 865 Suicide Prevention Helpline