The Long Goodbye: Death During COVID

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“Death is present in the cycles of growth and decay that we witness in nature, in the pets and other animals we bury as children, in the cemeteries and funeral homes that we drive past, and in numerous other aspects of our daily experience”.
Hannelore Wass

After two years of being surrounded by death and loss, the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the world is incomprehensible. By diving into a personal narrative of loss and exploring the complex feelings surrounding losing someone, this video is an attempt to discover how our view of death has changed and what’s been left behind.

Video and post produced for Multimedia Storytelling course Fall 2022.


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A young woman with thick black hair and glasses smiling into the cameraJosefa Amanda Pastenes Jara is a 21-year-old journalism major from Chile. They aspire to tell stories through photography and documentaries, with a focus on social issues.