Death, the inexplicable and unapproachable of our existence, becomes simply a service. The funeral’s spaces and their stereotyped rituals seek to give a meaning to life. An instant captures the last memory and aims to materialize a symbolic world for those who will stay in this part of the sidewalk: family, friends and lovers. Those who work in a funeral home are conditioned to conduct their daily life and monotonous work amongst darkness, absence, drama, and pain.

     This photographic series tries to reveal the daily process of stories recomposition of those unknown, reading their bodies, their expressions and their clothes. The farewell is the achievement of these investigators and cheap poets who embody this task in an Argentinean funeral home in a low-income neighborhood in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


 

nicolascarvalhoochoa - An old “Chevrolet Fireland” was once used as an ambulance and hearse during the first years of the funeral home.
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nicolascarvalhoochoa - Coffins organized at the exhibition room of the funeral home. The prices of the complete funeral services, from beginning to the end, used to start from 5.800 argentinean pesos (600 euros) until a maximun of 12.000 argentinean pesos (1500 euros), depending the type of wood of the coffins and their set of tweaks and additions.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - Osvaldo Ferrari prepares a body before a wake at the funeral home. Osvaldo is responsable to bring the bodies from the morgues, hospitals or houses and then arranges them for the visitation. 
nicolascarvalhoochoa - The body of a woman is conditioned to begin the wake in the family funeral home. The process of preparation of the body usually does not exceed 15 minutes. 
nicolascarvalhoochoa - The driver Darío Leguizamón observes the body of a man prepared for his vigil at the funeral home.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - The body of a man is ready for the vigil at the funeral home. Depending the week, and because the company work with a few low-income neighborhoods around it, sometimes they have not work at all or they have two or three funeral services to do in the same day.
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nicolascarvalhoochoa - The chofers, Darío Leguizamón (left) and Pablo Noel (right) move together the coffin of a deceased man to the visitation room of the funeral home.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - The chofer of the hearse, Claudio Tesouro, delivers a coffin to the Municipal Cementery of Lomas de Zamora. Tesouro works everyday and transports two to four coffins from different funeral homes.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - The hearse car is followed by the cars where family and friends of the death are tranferred to the Municipal Cementery of Lomas de Zamora. 
nicolascarvalhoochoa - Family and friends that just arrived from the funeral home say the last goodbye to their beloved man at the municipal cementery of Lomas de Zamora.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - After the final farewell, cremator Fernando Moreno transport the coffin of an old woman to the incineration room of a private cementery in the province of Buenos Aires.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - Teeth, holy cards and other objects are removed after every incineration in a private cementery in the province of Buenos Aires.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - Th creamator Fernando Moreno place the coffin of an old woman in one of the ovens of a private cementery in the province of Buenos Aires.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - Oven in the cremation room of a private cementery in the province of Buenos Aires. The ovens reach temperatures between 800 and 1000 degrees celsius. Cremations began in prehistoric times and in recents decades has become a trend in Argentina.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - A female body is incinerated in one of the oven of a private cementery in the city of Burzaco. The ovens reach temperatures between 800 and 1000 degrees celsius. To ensure the entire body disintegrates, the flames are concentrated in the torso, where the body carries the most mass.
nicolascarvalhoochoa - A cat lurks in the cremation room of a private cementery in the province of Buenos Aires. The ovens reach temperatures between 800 and 1000 degrees celsius. Cremations began in prehistoric times and in recents decades has become a trend in Argentina. Today, cremations outnumber burials due to economic reasons.
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