Cemetery workers reflect on 20,000 COVID deaths in LA

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“We're dubbed the last responders,” says All Souls Catholic Cemetery director MaryAnn McAdams, as she works tirelessly to navigate the process of burying loved ones. Photo by Benjamin Gottlieb/KCRW.

LA County reached 20,000 COVID-19 deaths this week. The death rate has caused a backlog at cemeteries and funeral homes, affecting the physical and emotional wellbeing of those tasked with laying the dead to rest.