SAN BENITO, Texas – Rows of vibrant flowers could be seen lining tombstones, bringing the San Benito Cemetery to life after being closed for weeks to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this Mother’s Day, the reopening has allowed Arnulfo Morin, a Harlingen resident, to continue his five-year tradition of visiting the burial yard to see his late mother.
“I was wondering if they were going to be open for the day and I’m glad they did. I really wanted to come and be here. At least for 20, 30 minutes, cry,” said Morin. As he cleaned up his mother’s tombstone site and added a purple and pink rose arrangement.
“She’s not here but it makes you feel a little closer to her at least to bring her something and be here,” Morin explained.
Just like Morin, dozens of families walked inside the graveyard over the course of the weekend to pay a visit to their deceased loved ones.
“Especially during these times. They’re hard for us. But you know life goes on we have to live by it,” said Efrain Perez, a San Benito resident, as he walked out of the cemetery with his children.
Not far from Perez, was Irene Garza and her family who placed three homemade wreaths on their family members resting site.
“Every year, Christmas, every holiday that we can we come and we bring them a bouquet of flowers,” said Garza.
While their loved ones are not here in life they are here in spirit and love.
Something the time and distance has taught these families is a visit here is always uplifting.
Especially during these uncertain times.
Officials are encouraging the public to continue those practices to keep the Coronavirus at bay. This includes Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, in a written statement to us said, “although Texas is beginning to reopen, I cannot stress enough how important it is to follow public health guidelines like social distancing. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 only happens if we all play our part and avoid crowds and minimize social contact with individuals even if they are family.”