The family of late Minister Franklin Khan is now examining plans for his funeral after yesterday’s lockdown extension which included closing places of worship until May 23.
This was confirmed by family members after Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced expanded lockdowns on several sectors aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
The lockdown raised questions on when and how Khan’s funeral will be held. Former Energy Minister Khan, 63, died April 17.
An autopsy showed his cause of death as a calcified cyst on his heart blocking blood flow.
Yesterday when Rowley was asked about funerals he referred to COVID protocols.
Guardian Media confirmed that the Regulations for the latest protocols – despite places of worship being closed – will still allow ten people at weddings, ten at funerals and also ten at gravesides.
Khan’s family is now considering how to plan his send-off in light of the latest measures.
The government recently stated an official funeral was being planned for Khan. Sources hinted the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception might be considered as it was large enough – allowing for social distancing- to hold dignitaries who wanted to pay respects to him.
It was expected the matter would have been discussed and finalized at the Cabinet meeting yesterday and a statement issued.
But government officials only said a statement would be made – but didn’t say when or what the plan would be given the latest measures.
They only stated, “Whatever Frankie’s family desires regarding his funeral, will be fine with everyone.”
The People’s National Movement’s Public Relations Officer Laurel Lezema-Lee Sing said yesterday condolence books have been placed at PNM offices and corporations across the country for members of the public to pay their respects to the late Minister. These will remain open from 9 am to 4 pm until the day after Khan’s funeral.
The PNM yesterday also unveiled mementos of Khan’s political career with the party. Some photos showed a youthful-looking Khan in a constituency candidate profile for Ortoire –Mayaro from years ago. Another showed Khan in a red PNM T-shirt from his 2002 Ortoire –Mayaro campaign when he won the seat.