FLINT, Mich. (WEYI/CNN) -- A Michigan woman who lost her husband and son to COVID-19 held a small visitation for them this weekend and invited the world through social media.
Standing before her husband and only child, Sandy Brown said her final farewells via Facebook Live as thousands tuned in to pay their respects.
“My two men are gone. I am standing here in the strength of the Lord, not no strength of my own," Brown said during the funeral in Flint on April 10.
She lost her 59-year-old husband, Freddie Lee Brown Jr., and her 20-year-old son, Freddie Lee Brown III, within days of each other.
Her son, who was a student at Mott Community College, died March 29 — three days after his father.
Adhering to the CDC's recommendations, Brown wore a bedazzled face mask and gloves to attend their funeral.
Although not everyone was allowed inside, dozens of cars lined the parking lot to honor the men on Good Friday.
“They knew they could only just come in their cars and support. So people have come, and they’ve done what we asked them to do and be able to show their support and presence," Pastor Kiemba Knowlin, of Jackson Memorial Temple, said.
Knowlin has been the family's pastor for years. During the funeral, he prayed over the Brown men before they headed to their final resting place.
“God had another plan. I don’t understand the plan, but I miss you so much," said Brown.
Once large gatherings are allowed again, the family plans to have another home-going service.