The Morgue Worker, the Body Bags and the Daffodils

A couple of days per week, a lady arrives on the Metropolitan Plant and Flower Alternate — a squat, lime-green bunker alongside Route 17 North in Paramus, N.J. They know her there by her hospital scrubs.

She picks up her standing order: yellow daffodils. If there aren’t any daffodils, she’ll take carnations — yellow, please. That’s a very powerful half — brilliant yellow.

She brings the flowers together with her to work at Hackensack College Medical Middle. They aren’t for her workplace. They’re not for co-workers or sufferers. She carries them out again and walks right into a parking storage.

Her title is Tanisha Brunson-Malone, 41, a forensic technician on the hospital’s morgue. She performs autopsies and oversees funeral residence pickups of sufferers who’ve died.

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