The Virus Is Taking Away Our Homegoings

Services, repasts, and second lines are empty since the ’rona stripped our funeral traditions

A photo of pallbearers carrying a casket at a homegoing in 2012.
Paulbearers carry the casket during a jazz funeral held for local bass drummer Lionel Batiste July 20, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images