Grieving relatives angered at St Basil’s over COVID deaths memorial service

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Grieving relatives of the 45 elderly Greek Australians who died from COVID-19 at a St Basil’s aged care home in Fawkner, operated by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, say that a one-year memorial service is the first meaningful contact they’ve had from the home. 

Father Evmenios Vasilopoulos, chair of St Basil’s Homes for the Aged, invited the families to the service to take place at the end of the month. 

The letter said the home extended their “deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends, residents and staff” affected by the deaths, according to a report from The Age

In July last year, 94 of the 117 mostly Greek and Serbian-born residents, and close to 80% of its staff members, were infected after COVID-19 spread uncontrolled throughout the home in Fawkner. 

Relatives who spoke to The Age on Monday said they were disappointed the offer to attend a one-year memorial service was the first meaningful contact they’d had from St Basil’s since their parents had died.

Source: The Age

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