Beijing City Requires Hospitals to Open Funeral Home Offices on Premises

Hospital staff (L) registers patients on the sidewalk outside a children's hospital in Beijing on March 31, 2020. (GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Hospital staff (L) registers patients on the sidewalk outside a children’s hospital in Beijing on March 31, 2020. (GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images) INSIDE CHINA

By Nicole Hao May 7, 2020

The Beijing city government has ordered all municipal-owned hospitals to set up funeral home offices, according to internal government documents obtained by The Epoch Times.

The timing has led some analysts to believe that it is related to the current outbreak of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.

In China, funeral homes with crematoriums are all state-run.

The Beijing government issued a request in late April that all city-run hospitals set up offices within their facilities for funeral homes to make arrangements for the deceased.

An internal notice instructed: “Funeral home offices should operate 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. It should move the body from the hospital to the funeral home as soon as possible.”

In addition, if the body needs to be preserved at the morgue, the duration should not be longer than 24 hours, city authorities said.

“[The government] has two purposes in setting up funeral home offices at hospitals. One is dealing with COVID-19 patients’ bodies quickly, so as to reduce the possibility of the virus spreading inside the hospitals. The other is to hide the real situation of the outbreak,” said U.S.-based China commentator Tang Jingyuan.

Chinese authorities have underreported virus data since the outbreak began. In addition, eyewitness accounts, such as the number of cremation urns distributed to family members of the deceased, have suggested that the real death toll is far higher than what authorities have reported.

Tang added that if funeral homes move the deceased patients’ bodies away from hospitals soon after a virus patient has died, local residents won’t be able to witness the true death toll.

Leaked Documents

As early as in September 2018, Beijing city arranged for the Babaoshan funeral home to set up a working station at the Tiantan Hospital, as part of an effort to crack down on privately-run companies that run funeral-related services.

But the Beijing government appeared to have accelerated such plans abruptly, sending out an internal notice on April 17 to city-run hospitals, seeking information about their morgues, and notifying them about the details of a new arrangement for handling dead bodies.

Beijing’s municipal hospital management center, a government agency that manages all 22 city-run hospitals in the capital, requested that the facilities set up funeral home offices in May.

It asked each hospital to sign contracts with specific funeral homes that city authorities have paired up for them. The funeral homes would henceforth handle the transport of corpses directly.

The contracts must be approved by city authorities. After the contract is signed, the hospitals should hand in a copy to the Beijing municipal health commission, according to the notice.

For hospitals that still have a valid contract with a private morgue management company, the hospital must sign a contract with the city-designated funeral home once the old contract expires.

In a Feb. 8 internal notice jointly issued by the Beijing health commission, civil affairs bureau, and police about how to deal with virus patients’ corpses, authorities had already paired up hospitals with funeral homes. It is unclear whether the pairings for funeral home offices remained the same.

Aside from these city-run hospitals, Beijing also has other state-run hospitals that belong to the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), as well as medical facilities run by different universities, the National Health Commission, state-run enterprises, district governments, and so on. Beijing also has private hospitals.

Beijing has five state-run funeral homes. They are managed by the city’s civil affairs bureau.

The hospital management center also organized a video conference on April 21 with all 22 city-run hospitals to discuss details about setting up the funeral home offices, according to another document.

Outbreak in Beijing

On Jan. 20, Beijing authorities announced that residents were infected with the virus for the first time. In total, five were diagnosed. All had recently traveled to Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the outbreak first emerged.

On Jan. 27, Beijing announced its first virus-related death, a 50-year-old businessman who visited Wuhan in early January.

In February, at least two hospitals in Beijing confirmed hospital-acquired infections. A private company also reported infections among employees.

Meanwhile, a government employee working at the Xicheng district office brought the virus from his hometown in Hebei Province to Beijing. 69 of his coworkers were identified as close contacts and had to be quarantined.

On April 19, Chaoyang district in Beijing was officially designated a “high-risk region” for the virus outbreak. Residents told The Epoch Times that they believe the outbreak to be severe.

As the country’s capital, authorities have tightly controlled movement in and out of the city, as well as information about the outbreak, only announcing a few new infections in recent days.

Phobias To Be Mindful About

Defined simply as persistent, unreasonable and excessive fear, phobia causes stress and terrorizes sometimes. Some of the phobias which some people may not realize they have and which keeps them low most times go unnoticed possibly because they are not named.

Social phobia or what some people call social anxiety disorder is the state of worry about others’ low esteem of oneself. It is largely responsible for keeping certain from other people, asking questions in public or eating in the presence of others.

Agoraphobia, the fear of places or areas where help is difficult to come by should something happen – places such bridges, open spaces or places away from home.

Aphenphosmphobia is fear of intimacy after a traumatic past relationship. For fear of being judged, such people don’t like being vulnerable and feel “alone in the world”.

Mysophobia also called the fear of germs is believed to go hand-in-hand with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It is the fear of germs or bacteria wherever you go or whatever you touch by handwashing routine or keeping away from certain objects for fear of infection.

And of course, atychiphobia, the fear of failure. It makes one avoid social situations out of fear of rejection, checking on your work frenetically always for fear of being seen as failure, etc.


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Love Is Life To Be Lived

Love is a topic widely discussed. It is easily recommended and advised. It is a relationship bond. Love is life; a life to be lived. It is an ideal. Yet it is difficult to write on love and about love. The qualities of love line out in 1 Cor. 13:4-10 are read and appreciated but in practice there are challenges. The reality love in action is, most times, difficult to comprehend. Whatever the difficulty and challenges in the way of love, the truth is: Love is life. Love is of God because God is love, 1 Jn.1:8.

Negative Mindset Impairs Health

Carrying negativity appears to cause many physical ills. The body and the mind are the same thing. Just as ice and steam are still basically water, your body and your mind are simply different manifestations of your spirit. Relieve your mental stress and your body will be happier too. Nothing relieves mental stress like forgiveness. Forgiveness heals.

You will be a more enjoyable person to be around, and will attract more positive people to your life. Humans are imperfect, and we all make mistakes. One trait of positive people is that they take life less personally, and readily forgive mistakes as they happen. On the other hand, perfectionists are often miserable people, having standards way too high to be reached. Would you settle for mere excellence? Then do so, and your relations with others will improve immediately. Perfectionists are all about judgment, whereas happy people are all about smiles. Sure, there are fights worth fighting, but if your life is one long series of fights with other people; the exhaustion must be terrible for you. Forgive and life improves. It really is that simple.

Forgive others exactly because what happened was not your fault. Ask yourself: What was done to me? How long ago did all that happen? Are those hurtful people still in my life? Why should I keep suffering for what someone else did? Since it was not my fault, why am I still paying for it? Of course, you have suffered way too long and way too much already. And those hurtful people have probably been gone from your life for years. So, let the suffering stop right now by forgiving them.

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