Ellen Wallenstein

Photographer, Book Artist, Professor of Art
Love & Death in the Time of Covid-19
Location: New York City
Nationality: United States
Biography: Ellen Wallenstein is a photographer, book artist and professor of art from New York City, currently living in Sherman, Connecticut.. She works on long-term documentary projects, visually responding to her daily life experiences. She also... read on
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Love & Death in the Time of Covid-19
Copyright ellen wallenstein 2021
Date of Work 04/03/20 - 05/19/20
Updated 05/30/20

My mother died on March 31, 2020 after 10 days in a hospital in Florida, alone. 

Her death had nothing to do with the Virus but she wasn’t allowed visitors.

A sad death, a sad end to a life of over 95 years.

Luckily she died before the state of Florida closed its borders and we were able to bury her in the family cemetery plot in Old Carmel Cemetery in Queens. The funeral was small, just myself, my husband, my nephew, my brother and his wife and a friend. The Rabbi was practicing social distancing and stood far away from the grave and the mourners, reciting the Mourner’s Kaddish. As is custom, we each shoveled some dirt on the open grave, dug deep in the ground next to my father, who preceded her there twenty-three years ago.


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