Remembering the Dead: Obituary Writers Restore Humanity to Covid-19 Crisis

Telling individual stories in the face of unyielding mass casualty

a newspaper obituary page
The obituary section of newspapers has grown significantly as the coronavirus crisis spread worldwide. Photo Illustration: Dianna McDougall; Sources: The New York Times, Getty Images

Emilia Pontarelli, the matriarch of Tony’s Italian Deli, an institution in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood, was 93 when she died last month of Covid-19.

@ScottNover Scott Nover is a platforms reporter at Adweek, covering social media companies and their influence.