NEWS: Pietermaritzburg woman Laurisha Beepath (30) has been left broken after losing her boyfriend and stepfather to Covid-19 just days apart. She was left with the additional burden to find the money to pay funeral costs for her mother, who died on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Beepath had tested positive for Covid-19 on July 4, the same day her boyfriend, 32-year-old Ritesh Dookie, had died. On July 14, Beepath’s stepfather, Pranesh Sewparsad, died while her mother, Sonitha Beepath, died on Tuesday morning. Speaking to TimesLIVE, Beepath said, “I have lost half my family in three weeks. I am stressed and heartbroken from every side. I have no-one to turn to.”
“My mother’s funeral policy lapsed and we didn’t know. We were assured she was covered. We found out when she died. I never got to say goodbye to my boyfriend and stepdad. I never got to attend his funeral as it was hastily done. I just want my mother to have a dignified send-off,” Beepath said.
Beepath along with her 23-year-old brother and four-year-old sister are now all that is left of the family are now left to deal with the financial burden during the lockdown.
Friends of Beepath rallied together to assist her with the financial situation she faces, her plea for help reached some on the social media platform, Facebook. With the donations collected, Beepath managed to cough up the balance by using her credit card, to pay for the funeral. She further added in her interview with TimesLIVE, “I am so grateful to those who have helped me to pay for my mother’s funeral. We lost two breadwinners in our home and my brother just got retrenched.”
“I will never recover from this. I am devastated. My boyfriend and I had so many hopes and dreams. Our life together was happier than ever. I will never recover from losing my soulmate.
“When I think about my mother and stepdad, all I can think about is the four-year-old daughter who they leave behind. Our lives will never be the same again. How can they be?”
If you are able to assist the Beepath family, you may donate with details below.
Account holder: L Beepath
Account number: 1165379880
Account type: Current account
Bank name: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Cell number for cellphone banking: +27748027563
Source inputs: TimesLIVE | Facebook
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