Jacquelyn Bell had to say goodbye to her mother, JoAnn, over the phone.Joann, who was 73, battled multiple sclerosis most of her adult life, and survived three strokes and bouts of pneumonia. Bell always joked her mom had nine lives.But on March 30, JoAnn died of COVID-19 in a Michigan hospital.The night before she died, a nurse held a cellphone to JoAnn’s ear and Bell told her she loved her. But her mom, breathing via a ventilator, was too weak to answer.“I’m by myself here and my dad’s by himself and my brother’s by himself,” said Bell from her home in Birmingham, Michigan, just 10 minutes from the hospital where her mother died. “So we couldn’t even be there at all and be there for each other, be there for her.”Jacquelyn Bell (center) with her mother JoAnn Bell and father Marshall Bell.Courtesy Jacquelyn BellAs the U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 50,000, families are being forced to navigate grief in isolation. For Jewish families like Bell’s, coronavirus has also upended a highly structured process of mourning and burial. Jewish families and clergy are trying to find ways to uphold tradition while keeping loved ones safe.Per Jewish religious law, burial is supposed


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