Lily has been a stalwart in sending me moment by moment pics and videos of the funeral mass, the walk to the cemetery — yes, they walked, with six strong men carrying Minga’s casket the four miles — and the actual burial. A lot of what is done out of our sight at a funeral here happens there with everyone looking on. The casket is lowered and the dirt filled in before everyone leaves. Everyone is present in their best attire, children included.
The casket is simply beautiful, and looks heavy. Most that I’ve seen there before have been much more basic — or, the deceased is wrapped and buried that way.
Minga’s admirer from dialysis, a patient also, the one we call Mr. White Shirt Guy, came with his sister. He has a name, Sr. Armado.