|We were not able to make it to a third tribute concert in Dangriga, or the wake the night before. However, we did make it to |
Sacred Heart Church in Dangriga for the funeral. This picture is before the service began, because the church did fill up, and
some people stood outside.
|We've been to many open-casket funerals before, but we didn't expect to find it right at the entrance to the church. |
Boom - big emotions right away!
|There was a tribute portion before the service that included music and dance performances, and remembrances by friends and |
|We didn't catch this performers name, but he played guitar and sang one of Jess' songs and nailed it! Plus, the chorus was sung|
not only by the gospel choir at the front of the church, but also by most of the congregation. It was really overwhelming. After
the tribute portion was a full-on Catholic church service, with communion and incense and everything
|After the church service everyone headed over to the cemetery just down the road.|
|The hearse was at the tail end of the funeral procession. It was led by a truck with big speakers in the back playing traditional |
music, and the people all followed that dancing and singing along.
|People gathered around Jess' burial site. Everyone sat and watched as the casket was lowered by hand and buried by shovel.|
|The "Afterpass" was held down the street at a bar/restaurant called Slaughterhouse.|
|There was free food for all attendees, plus music and mingling.|
|This is a panorama from one side of the stage looking back at the bar/restaurant building.|
Note; At first we weren't going to take any photos since it was a funeral, but then we saw that pretty much everyone else was taking pictures and videos, so then we didn't feel so bad.
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