Farewell in pandemic: Udupi based mother-daughter duo die in Mum due to coronavirus


Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai (SHP)

Mumbai, Apr 15: Coronavirus has been one of the toughest challenges that humanity has faced. The pandemic is that dark phase that humankind has gone through and is still going through, now with the threat back with the second wave. Lockdown that was enforced during the initial months of the pandemic put the economy in distress and caused the rate of unemployment to skyrocket. 

The one other thing which the pandemic forced people to live by is the way they say farewell to their loved ones who became victims of the disease. The spike in deaths from coronavirus has led to hasty ways of cremating the dead. With no proper means to deal with the bodies, there have been occasions where improper and undignified treatment of the dead was reported.


From L to R: Cynthia Almeida, Sarita D'Almeida

One such saddening case is that of Udupi based Cynthia Almeida who died on April 11, while her daughter Sarita D’Almeida passed away on April 13 in Chakala, Andheri East. Sarita was an employee at Citizen Credit Co-op Bank Ltd, IC Colony branch. Since their deaths are due to coronavirus their bodies will be cremated at Parsivada, Andheri East, Hindu Smashan Bhumi Cemetery, Mumbai.

In certain Christian traditions where a funeral is a celebration of the deceased's life with loved ones, family members are now required to hold much smaller gatherings due to coronavirus. The pandemic has led them to restrict the number of people who can attend. Authorities have ordered people to follow such measures because the mass gatherings at funerals have the likelihood of infecting a large number of people in a short amount of time.

The pandemic has certainly impacted the mental health of people, families and communities. Loss is deeply personal yet can be meaningful when shared. Funerals are one way of getting through the mourning process. With coronavirus around, restrictions in conducting such ceremonies tend to bottle up grief, contributing to anxiety and even trauma in communities long after coronavirus becomes a memory.

 

 

 

  

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  • MELROY, mangalore

    Sun, Apr 18 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to their family members. May their soul rest in peace. Amen

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  • Patrick L. Lewis, Kallianpur/Dubai

    Sat, Apr 17 2021

    May their soul rest in peace. Condolences to bereaved family.

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    May the departed lovely soul's rest in peace 🙏. @Cynthia ji, I have seen disagrees for Happy Diwali, Merry Christmas and Eid Mubarak too. Can't fix the things which goes wrong deliberately.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Vishuji, very true. After a long time....ईद का चांद बन गए हो विषुजी । फल ही याद किया था आपको । Hope everything is fine and good....take care when catching girgits....

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  • A I DIAS, BARKUR / MUMBAI

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to their family members. May their soul rest in peace. Amen.

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  • A I DIAS, BARKUR / MUMBAI

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to their family members. May their soul rest in peace. Amen.

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  • A I DIAS, BARKUR / MUMBAI

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to their family members. May their soul rest in peace. Amen.

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  • Florine Pinto, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved members of Almeida family. May the departed souls rest in eternal peace.

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  • Wilfred Joseph Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    I know this Almeida family. We are saddened to know that death came to them too early. it is panful to loose young mother and daughter. Heartfelt condolences to their near and dear ones. May Mrs. Cynthia Almeida and Sarita Almeida Rest In Peace.

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  • Henry George Dsouza, Mudarangadi/Borivali

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very sad news. A familiar smiling face is no more . People from I.C. Colony really missed Sarita. I understand that she was very helpful to the Citizens Bank clients during demonetisation time as she was mostly seen at Cash counter. May her and mom's souls rest in eternal peace and our heartfelt condolences to their bereaved family.

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  • Melwyn Dsouza, Thane Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Have known the family though not closely but was working with saritas sibbling sister for long time. May eternal rest grant unto them o lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace amen

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    My daughter was in Citizen Credit Co-Operative bank, and worked in different branches in Mumbai as Asst Manager and left the bank when she gave birth to a child. She told me that this Sarita Almeida had worked with her in one of the branches and Sarita was a very nice and lively person. My daughter was shocked with the news.

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  • Garnet and Melissa, Dubai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Deepest condolences to the family. May their soul rest in eternal peace.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    According to one Karnataka doctor viruses don't kill but mismanagement of medical treatments cause their deaths like Adverse Drug Reactions & wrong procedures etc., but secondary infections later by bacteria take heavy toll which our medical professionals should take care. Some hospitals put people in ICU & later on Ventilator which in 99% of the cases causes death but covid gets the tag whatever the reason for death, ICU & Ventilators always are lucrative for the hospitals, but we can't blame all the hospitals as commercial interests weight in more in modern times than welfare of the patients according to the same doctor. Second factor is the fear & panic created by the media contributes to more casualties. Lastly the lifestyle & lack of proper diet is ticking time bomb as a simple disease can be dangerous to them despite their age not in dangerous critieria. There is one doctor who is banned by most social media who had cured or helped their immune system to cure more than 50,000 tested covid patients with his "Flu Diet"i n their homes itself as they didn't get any beds in hospitals, but it doesn't get in any news or publicity as his diet doesn't let anybody make money as nobody can patent fruit juices & coconut water. I've seen some reliable channels like Hindi NDTV paint him as villain too without giving him opportunity to present his case with Evidence & Data in international medical journals. He even had met Dr Harshwardhan last year in March & presented him his book, he agreed it heals any viral infections but due to WHO protocols or Pressure he can't assign any patients to him to treat. But 2 doctor couple in Maharashtra got permission from their health ministry to treat 4 comorbid patients & within 4 days they tested negative & got discharged from hospital, but it isn't in any news report other than what those doctors put out in their media. Time for people to take care of their lifestyle & diets thereby improving their health instead of blaming anybody.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Are ventilators sterilized, they are supposed to be but are not. In 1919 Spanish flu second wave and now during Covid 12 second wave more deaths are due to secondary bacterial infections (bacterial pneumonia) so there should be no hesitation in taking an antibiotic ( rather than go for Remdesivir and Favipiravir alone as thier efficacy is disputed).

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Certainly we are unaware of many things...Such comments, cross comments enlighten our knowledge....Those who know, keep writing and educate us....

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  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Correct, NDTV is like liberal left leaning CNN daily chinese corona show ?

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  • Af,,,, Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    A christian family and cremation in hindu burrial ground, wat sort of rule is this, what is the meaning of Rest n peace, whereis mumbais Bishop ? as he alive or dead? shame

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    As long as a person is alive he has the liberty to follow any religion, after death it matters little if the body is cremated or burried or otherwise, as long as it is done with respect and dignity.

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  • Nathaline Pereira, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    You need to pray for their soul rather then thinking of the place of burial eventually everyone goes to same place.This kind of mentality is very sad at this time.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Af., these burials are done as per the protocols of the government...How any citizen can break this. This is in safety of the remaining house members as well as people gather there. No ill feelings....Lets accept what is good for the people. Let them bury as per the protocols but certainly we conduct prayers, masses for the departed souls....

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  • Richard, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Vatican allowed cremation since 1963. Christian cementery should. Designate a place for cremation also.. Hope Mumbai and all Bishops think fast to implement. Otherwise our loved one who died from Covid-19 will be cremated in govt and hindu burial place. Also we should thank our hindu brothers allowing other religion people to cremate in their crematorium.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Yes....i do agree...it is the greatness of our Hindu community. ...and they always support everyone in the difficult times....My family and many others too have experienced so many good things from them...i respect them a lot....

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  • Michael Dsouza, Mumbai/Belman

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Vey very sad to the death of Cynthia and Sarita.May their soul rest in peace. Michael/Severine Dsouza I.C. Colony Borivili west

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Really sad. Was this due to comorbidity? Even the daughter who may be young was lost to this horrible China Virus. Shocking.

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    I feel.for the guy who puts disagree when they post ," May their soul rest in peace " Looks like this guy doesnt know diffrence between " Agree & Disagree" Sad ...May his mind enlighten with some brains

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  • Godfrey D'Souza, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    I also wonder what is there to disagree on a condolence message. But unlike you say, Let their brains..... I'd say if there are any.....

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  • jacintha dsouza, mlore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    he / she is an animal...who disagree anyway let thier soul rest in peace . amen

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Paul, i too raised this point so many times ...hitting disagrees on condolences or on any sad incidents...if you write like this, same unemployed evil minded people hit more disagrees.....They do understand the meaning of agree and disagree but do not know the difference between sad incidents, death, pain and fun. I too get disagrees regularly for whatever i write even for extending my sympathies towards those who left their earthlyabode....

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Killer virus has come to destroy humanity. How many families are are effected and how many people have lost their loved ones and how many people are going through the deadly effect of covid.peiple must strictly follow the protocols implemented by health authorities. I too have lost my beloved wife last year. I have completed covid vaccine Pfizer in Kuwait rest it is Gods mercy.🤦‍♂️👏

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Flavian...we understand emotions/feelings are heavy, when someone of your own passes away. Life and death is part and parcel of our lives...in simple words both are opposite...you see...When breath is there its life, when not death. Not only death, there are so many other painful incidents drain our life and kill us when we are alive and not only death. So, take hearct ...move on. Concentrate on vivid activities....and take care even if you are vaccinated.....

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  • FLORA DSOUZA, Kalmady/Jerimeri-Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Its very sad... May their soul rest in peace... Deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Comparing other states Maharashtra Government done excellent job to control corona viruses by lockdown etc.

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  • Sr jyothi Fernandes UFS, Mudarangady/Udupi/ Mysuru

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very sad to hear. May the mother and daughter victims of Corona 19, enjoy eternal bliss. Heartfelt condolences and prayerful support to the bereaved famly.

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  • felix, DOHA

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    So tragic and very Sad to hear. What must be going with their loved ones? May the merciful God grant them eternal rest and bring an end to this pandemic

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Prayers to the departed souls ..Om Shanthi .. Lead a positive life ..Maintain covid protocols ..Social distancing ,Face and hand hygiene .. God bless

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  • John, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very Sad, Rest in Peace, might have got vaccinated and relied on vaccines ? Good for original strain but looking at number of new cases, over mutants vaccines seems of little or no effect ?

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  • Clifford Joan and fly, Ex Bejai- Pune

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Heartfelt sympathies to their family. May their souls rest in peace. May God strengthen their family to bear their loss

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  • Maria and Evans alex, Falnir Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    gshocking and saf.gods plan in s beyond the imagination of we himans may their souls rest in peace and eternal light shine on them heartfelt condolences to their family and friends

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  • VICTOR M FERANANDES, Kundapura, Canada

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    I am upset to hear about the death of Cynthia and Sarita.. They lived in Mumbai a economic hub of India where there are so many speciality hospitals. Holy Spirit Hospital is very close there. How come nobody admitted them there. How they died suddenly. I send my deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased. May their soul rest in peace.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Victor Fernandes, Canada. My relative in Mumbai, was diagnosed as negative. But, he continued to suffer and after some days, he was taken to hospital. There are very good hospitals near his area, Fortis, Godrej and Hiranandani. In the hospital they said he was positive and by then he was put on ventilator and died. In Nalla Sopara, 13 people died in the hospital, because there was no oxygen. Presently in Mumbai and Bangalore, there are no available beds, one cannot get ambulance and some hospital do not have oxygen. I think, Cynthia and Sarita may have died in the hospital, though we do not know. The cases in Mumbai and Bangalore have gone out of control, Our PM is on election mood. When Rome was on fire, Nero was fiddling.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Heart felt condolences for the family , but they must be given choice to cremate or not , some people r not comfortable with it . I have seen some priests due to fear or some other reason do not cooperate , happened last year also . Again corona peaked , same happening , preists should not fear death and be living example of Jesus , cemeteries must accept covid patients , with certain conditions . It do not spread once burried

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  • Bala K, Urwa

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    So sad. Took two beautiful lives the pandemic.

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  • Edward Pinto, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very sad, Their soul rest in peace.

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very sad News . May thier soul rest in peace . Let God give strength to family members to bear the loses.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    As I have mentioned earlier also, apart from health care workers,those who work during lockdown and those who come in contact with a diverse number of people ( bank employees, grocery veg. and chemist store owners, bus conductors etc)should have been given the option of getting vaccinated first, instead of senior citizens (who may be only secondary contacts).

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Yes, very sad news. May their soul rest in peace. They will be cremated and that is okay, since the funeral prayers by a Catholic priest is allowed before cremation. In Mumbai 17 lakh people have taken vaccines, because they are worried of their life. In Kumbh Mela 37 lakh people are gathered, I saw the video, some sadhus fully naked, everyone is bunched together shoulder to shoulder and without masks. I think they are not worried of their life, but their next life.

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Santhan, Yes you are talking about Kumba mela . This is a utter failure of our Govt. & Now its clear that our PM has no back Bone. So its understood who rules India & India is run by pure communal. He is only bol Bachan. Former Pm was quiet but he is to do his job. But present PM only Bow Now . Like they say Barking Dogs don't bite ..Can take it same

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  • Mithun Barboza, Dubai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    May their souls rest in peace 🕊️

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    RIP Almeida. O believers! Stand firm for Almighty God and bear true testimony. Do not let the hatred of a people lead you to injustice. Be just! That is closer to righteousness. And be mindful of God Surely Almighty God is All-Aware of what you do.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Readers, there is a sense of fear enveloping the common citizens of Mumbai... this is primarily due to lack of oxygen, beds, even vital drugs are not available.. ambulances dont arrive in time claiming many precious lives... this mother n her young daughter, have tragically become the latest causality... Rest in eternal peace !!!!

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  • Govinda Kamath, Goregaon Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very sad. RIP.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Many Catholics are now opting for Cremation ...

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  • Priya Mathias, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very saddened by the grief of a mother and daughter death.may God almighty grant their families the strength to bear their loss..i pray for the eternal light of our Lord o shine upon them and to grant both of them.peace Amen

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  • Clarence Gomes, Mississauga, Canada

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    This is so tragic. It can strike anyone. No one is immune from this dreadful Pandemic. Families can't even mourn in a decent way. Our heartfelt condolences to the family of this tragedy. RIP 🙏 Hope they find support during this difficult time from the Government, family and friends.

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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very very sad to hear the tragic story of this family of Mother and her Daughter. God alone will be their family's solace. All that we can do is only to pray for their departed Souls. God will be Compassionate and Merciful to them and provide help & strength to their family members to bear thid grea loss. We mortals can do nothing. May their Souls Rest in Peace in the Lord !

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  • Rudy, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Eternal rest grant unto them o Lord and perpetual light shine upon them may their souls rest in Peace

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very sad. May the departed souls rest in peace. 🙏

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very hard and tragic.Such scenes are not only in India ,but all over the world happening.For example I am still in shocking mood what happened here of late.There is a Pak.family (no comments please)who have a small veg.shop .leading by grand father but vital with 81 years,son a member local community Panchayat.his children are in teenage .Old man had his first vaccine,and was supposed to have only three days.His whole family had a wave of corona went in quarantine.Children recovered ,but old mans wife had some old problems of lungs diabetic.etc.she got sick and admitted.her husband had fever but I suppose neglected.He got all of a sudden breathing problems got admitted ,i between his son was serious is in Intensive station and still there with intubation.(artificial breathing)Just within two days wife died ,next day old man (Husband)died.Sons condition is not good.He doesnt know about his parents death.three people in three hospitals.I just say May their souls rest in peace of mother daughter.and all who expired.Heartfelt sympathies to the family.

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  • Dr.S.Kamath, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    Very sad to hear the deaths of Udupi people in Mumbai due to Covid . My sincere suggestion to all in case you get corona start Anti viral Favipiravir at the earliest by prescription from your Dr .That prevents severe Covid if given early only

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Apr 15 2021

    May the departed souls rest in peace....heartfelt condolences to their near and dear ones.....May god bless and protect us all from this pandemic....

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Fri, Apr 16 2021

    May the departed lovely soul's rest in peace 🙏. @Cynthia ji, I have seen disagrees for Happy Diwali, Merry Christmas and Eid Mubarak too. Can't fix the things which goes wrong deliberately.

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  • Manoj, Kavoor

    Thu, Apr 15 2021

    Rest in Peace Cynthibai and Saritha. Condolences to the bereaved fly.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Thu, Apr 15 2021

    We lost a family member-couple for Coivd in Mumbai. My Aunt & her husband both were diabetic, ages around 50-55. Husband & wife succembed in 3 days gap . Only content part is, both the dependents ( on each other) left this cruel world togather while their children just got settled and started earning their living, thats the only content part. They could not see or cremate their parents. Thats life we have to deal with now. We don not mind people leaving this world, its a natural process some early some late. But we pray that it should not happen during this pandemic or especially becuase fo this pandemic. We dont even get a chance to see or fare Good bye to our loved ones in our own way , espeically we sould take care of our parents & elders more than every now .

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