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Who’s going to stop these funerals in Chester during coronavirus?

In today’s Delaware County Daily Times there’s an article on how a couple county funeral homes are now offering virtual funerals so the people besides the 10 in attendance can view the service on FacebookLive or YouTube Live. Needless to say, these are white funeral homes. I don’t see that as an option that would satisfy too many Black families based on how we do funerals. 

When I got word of Chester police officer Brownelle Lee passing from a city worker, the first thing he told me was there would be no funeral. Her funeral would have been bonkers. There’s no church in the city that could hold the number of people who would fight to get a seat at that service. Hopefully, there will be a memorial after the pandemic passes. 

In the meantime, let’s chill with the funerals in Chester. I know it’s hard, but it’s for everyone’s safety and peace of mind. And the tradition of visiting the family home after a death has to stop, too. Right now, we don’t need homes full of people coming in an out sitting around for hours comforting the family and giving condolences. A phone call, a card, sending food or a gift can serve the same purpose without being in contact with a lot of people.

This is even hard to write because this is so much a part of our culture. 

But it has to stop for now. 

(I made a few small edits to the original posting of this story after a ton of backlash – see the comment section – from people associating the post directly to the original feature photo, even though I made mention of a totally different funeral from earlier that week. I used a photo where no one could be identified, but if you were at the funeral the photo came from, I didn’t consider you could identify yourself. I apologize for the hurt and harm that cause anyone who made that association and please understand I simply wanted to show a large crowd at a funeral. In hindsight, a generic photo, as seen here, should have been used in the first place. 

Also, Officer Brownelle Lee did have a public viewing under very controlled conditions and a private funeral).

20 replies on “Who’s going to stop these funerals in Chester during coronavirus?”

Well maybe if you do something about all the murders in the city of Chester you wouldn’t have to worry about burying 15 year old babies.


Well spoken. I feel for those who have lost a love one during this pandemic. Certainly the family and friends of the deceased are aware of the risks and perhaps decided to take the risk to attend the funeral of their loved one just as they do when they’re going to the crowded supermarkets to feed their families.


So disrespectful on the highest level maybe if Chester didn’t have so many unsolved murders you would have to worry about 15 year old babies getting buried 😠


NO ONE CAN STOP WHAT GOD BRINGS TOGETHER 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 DEVIL GET BEHIND THEE. YES WE HAD A FULL SERVICE ONE TRAGEDY OF A LOVING RESPECTFUL YOUNG MAN AND HIS TRAGEDY SAVED A LOT OF PEOPLE LIFE YESTERDAY. #BallLikeRicky has left this earth and OUR FAMILY GRIEVES but God said I brought my angel home and at the cost of that I lot of young people gave there life to Christ at his funeral. So I must say to whomever had a problem with his funeral. All you had to do was stay home. SEE IF GOD IS FOR US THEN WHO CAN BE AGAINST US. GOD SAID EVEEY KNEE SHALL BOW. THE FAMILY WOULD LIKE RO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO SHOW THERE LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR #BallLikeRicky 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽


Thanks For keeping it classy Nettie. Continue to Stand FIRM on the Word of GOD.
How dare he post such an article while a Family is grieving.
Touch Not My Anointed.


If your gonna write anything be correct a guy didn’t suddenly die he was just a baby asshole. It’s cool til its your own family.


Well maybe if y’all do something about all the deaths in Chester you wouldn’t have to worry about funerals and burien 15 year old babies.


This is rude and need to be take down immediately and I want whoever wrote this to personally contact me you fucking animal how dare you even walk as a human an think some shit like this


You are so wrong on all levels the young man was not into anything like bad he was really a great kid for you to go write a blog about something like that is fucking terrible you are really worried about the wrong stuff go worry about the unsolved murders go worry about how guns are getting back on the streets.. If you can’t worry about any of those things go to hell


The person who sent me the pick told me it was someone else’s funeral. I’m so sorry for all the pain this post has caused. I’ve read your comments and deleted the post. I was wrong.


You need to watch what roles off your tongue when ppl are still grieving and I don’t think that this is an appropriate article to right. Why didn’t you speak about how this funeral had a great impact on the way all those young black men gave their life to Christ just for BALLLIKELIKRICKY. You need to be shut down and we will make it happen with the help of our community who feel that you have no heart or filter.


U were wrong on so many levels which shows and tells us a lot about u with that disrespectful ass article u wrote then for the asshole who took that pic from a incident child’s funeral is furthermore disrespectful it was not the right time for you to speak on any fact of the lost of anyone right now because if it was your family would u be worrying about any quarantine protocols you knew exactly what u was doing and writing you piece of shit smfh


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