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Death is surprisingly common here in small town Amazonas, Peru.  Maybe it’s because we now personally know just about this entire 700 person town and many of the residents within the annexes of the district, but there have been funerals and wakes and burials to attend to just about every other week.  I guess that’s just the mathematics behind a community of a certain size which is very well connected and very humble and outgoing.


At first I was thinking it would tear the families apart for weeks and weeks, losing a member to an accident or illness or old age; but nowadays I’m seeing that my fellow neighbors are actually pretty good at going through the memorials and remembrances.  They can meet together for a few hours in the evenings with the body, put their heart and soul into prayers and song and leave in silence.  Burial comes a couple days later and when carrying the body from the funeral to the cemetery it is somber moment but everybody walks together and gets their tears out in unison.  Kind words are always said by the family, then often there are a couple drinks/shots and often some food.  The community leaves and goes back to their houses and surprisingly bounces immediately back to normal the next day.  No reason to dwell on the losses; here there is much work to be done for all and a underlying goal to take things day by day and enjoy and take advantage of the current day at hand.  Today I’m spending some time writing on the computer with plenty of required Peace Corps documentation, but dearly look forward to getting outside to enjoy the time with neighbors on this nice day.


Written by galbavy

September 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

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  1. Nicely said and simply appreciated.

    Ed Galbavy

    September 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

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