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Not even Covid-19 can thwart the black funeral

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The act of paying the ‘last respect’ leads us to even disrespect and disregard the laws, and sadly it looks like the extravagance and cost associated with black funerals are going nowhere.

Black funerals have proven to not be any less opulent even through the hard times of Covid-19, with stricter rules of movement and numbers in attendance. And this isn’t just a result of the family wanting to spend money willingly. In a village setup, the neighbours, which translates to the whole neighbourhood, will be at the house of the deceased every day, throughout the day, even post burial day. This means those who come before lunchtime will be served lunch. Furthermore, those who come after lunchtime will be served tea/coffee with some scones or biscuits. It almost looks like they...

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