I thought I would be hanging out with friends, studying for finals, maybe going out binge drinking or something. I did not think I would be walking in a refrigerated trailer full of nearly a hundred bodies. We try our best to make sure that no bodies go in there. The mounting deaths inundated funeral homes, and left hospitals across the city without enough supplies, space or manpower. To staff the morgues, hospitals brought in temp workers, volunteers, even college students. Mariel Sander is a senior at Columbia University who loves to cook, draw and write. This is a job that pretty much none of us would choose to do in a normal situation. Both found the experience to be grim, sometimes horrific. But each discovered that the people they were working alongside did everything they could to protect the humanity of those who are lost.
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‘Not Where I Expected My Senior Year to Be’: In a Hospital Morgue
So far, the mystery man in the morgue has not been identified, and neither has Mr. Another incident, in January, involved a Kenyan man, Paul Mutora, who woke up in the morgue 15 hours after being pronounced dead. Afterwards, the bodies were taken to the morgue to positively identify them. He said he had been commanded to grab every journalist showing up at the morgue. Two gunmen waiting outside the morgue ordered us to follow them as soon as we got out of our taxi. The morgue attendant lifted up one small arm with a gloved hand and played the hose over the thin biceps. It strikes me, jokers are consolidating in the Morgue to-day. These facts are usually obtained from the file of biographies—called the morgue —which most newspapers keep. He said, "Furthermore, that's on the street right now—this is a newspaper, not a morgue!
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A morgue or mortuary in a hospital or elsewhere is used for the storage of human corpses awaiting identification or removal for autopsy or respectful burial , cremation or other method. In modern times corpses have customarily been refrigerated to delay decomposition. Mortuary early 14c. Meaning "place where bodies are kept temporarily" first recorded , a euphemism for earlier English term "deadhouse. Morgue from the French morgue , which means 'to look at solemnly, to defy'. Morgue is predominantly used in North American English , while mortuary is more common in British English , although both terms are used interchangeably. A person responsible for handling and washing bodies is now known as a diener , morgue attendant, mortician or autopsy technician.