I asked for permission to print this grieving Mother’s letter to the Democratic Michigan Governor. I wanted to share this because Many Michiganders & others are feeling oppressed now. Mostly because of COVID19 restrictions for some, but not for everyone. While some people who are oppressing the average citizens are allowed to have elaborate funerals; the “regular people” are only allowed 10 people at their beloveds funerals. I guess politicians are immune from COVID19, because I saw that one representative from Georgia had a funeral with approximately 500 people inside of one building. They were not social distancing and not everyone was wearing a mask. Our own Governor in Michigan was physically in the middle of a large protest & though she had a mask on; the two people in the photo with her, were not wearing masks. They also were not social distancing. What do the politicians know, that they’ve not told “We the People”?There was the Mayor of Chicago along with our own Speaker of the House, who got to have hair appointments, when nobody else was allowed to do that! Madam Speaker was not even wearing the mask that she wants to mandate for everyone else in society! But again, they must know something about that smart & sneaky COVID19, that they’re not letting the rest of us in on?? Without further ado, let me share this mother’s heartbreaking story:
I sent this letter about my 20yr old son’s covid funeral to whitmer. I know that I won’t get a response but maybe someone on her staff will see it and then mention it to her. Dear Governor Whitmer,
My 20 yr old son Dominic was killed in a hit and run while riding his skateboard on September 3. As you can imagine my husband, younger son and myself are just devastated. Our family, friends and community are also grieving for the fine young man that we all lost. Dominic was an eagle scout in his 3rd year at MSU in the agriculture business school. Dominic was known for his sense of humor, respectful nature and always helping others especially his friends that he always pushed to better themselves. Dominic was taking notes in his journal about self improvement that we made copies for all his friends so that hopefully they can also focus on always self improving.
The funeral home viewing is a parents worse nightmare. Because Dominic was so loved there was an extraordinary amount of people there to pay their respects. The funeral home was very professional following your guidelines so I do not hold them responsible for a difficult day made worse by your strict guidelines. Were were only able to have 10 people at a time in the building which my immediate family far exceeds that number. We were given the option to place the casket in a doorway so that everyone could pass the casket from the outside to view him but I refused this because we would be forced to put up netting around Dominics body so that the flies and bees would not attack him. It felt so very wrong especially since I would not be able to touch him throughout the day. The line wrapped around the building with people waiting in the unexpected cold weather for up to 2 hours. Some people ended up leaving because they felt that they didn’t want to take up space from the closer family and friends. At some point we were told that it was best that we go outside to greet the guests just to speed up the line. It was cold and I certainly wasn’t dressed for it but I was just so grateful to all that came. The mask mandate that you issued was very difficult for us to recognize our guests some that I haven’t seen in years. Also 2 of his very good friends could not come to the funeral because they had covid but no symptoms. The funeral home could not allow us to have food in the lower level rooms typically set up for families to grab a quick bite. I am not sure if it was your mandate but they told us that they could not risk someone getting covid from the shared food. We were there from 1-9 surviving on water and tic tacs. We had plenty of food and snacks sent to us but it was all forced to sit in the car while we were forced to greet our guests outside in the cold and very hungry with our masks on. We had the option of having the luncheon at the funeral home but would be forced to serve box lunches which I refused because I come from an Italian family that believes food is for comfort and boxed lunch seemed very cold. We had a difficult time finding a restaurant to accommodate our big gathering because of your restaurant restrictions. We were forced to have it at our house. It was set up just like a graduation party with tent, tables, chairs and caterer and the hundreds of other items needed for a big group. I believe you just had a graduation party for your daughter so now imagine having only 3 days to put it together during a time right after the death of your child. I felt compelled to tell you my story because your mandates have serious implications on people’s lives. Your “science” has not been able to justify all your mandates. While I am very upset with you and your “political science”, I still would not wish upon you what we had to endure during our darkest hour. I still would never want you to have to bury your child with all these restrictions set on you while George Floyd had such privilege for his numerous funerals with little restrictions. I would never want you to feel the hunger and cold during a long day of greeting your masked guests that you could not recognize while there is a picture of the governor not social distancing next to 2 unmasked BLM protesters. I would never want you to have to decide if your child should be displayed outside with netting surrounding their beautiful face just to comply with your mandates while being told rioting is ok but not dignified funerals for loved ones. I would never want you to be forced to have the funeral luncheon at your house where no one is fully prepared to accommodate all your family and friends in such a very short amount of time while being told rioters and looters have not had plenty of time to plan their destruction. Even after having to endure your restrictions for our sons funeral we were forced to be thankful that we didn’t have to have a drive by funeral like so many families before While you and I are clearly on different political sides, I still would not want to see you suffer any more than you already would be after the death of your child. Our faith is strong and we believe that Dominic is in heaven for all the good he provided to those around him. Not sure if you have faith but I do believe that when we die we will have to answer to God for our actions and motives and I hope that for your sake you are very comfortable explaining to God your actions and motives that have had real devastating effects on alot of people for the sake of your politics. Sincerely, Gabriella Duhn