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Shock as woman dies during mother’s burial – VIDEO

By IRENE MUGO September 16th, 2016 1 min read

A woman died during the burial of her mother in a case of double tragedy for a family in Nyeri.

Residents of Gakindu village in Mukurwe-ini who had gathered to bury 72-year-old Esther Wanjiru ended burying even her daughter Pauline Wangari.

Ms Wangari, 30, was found dead at their home minutes after her mother’s coffin arrived for the funeral.

According to residents who had been mourning for the last one week, the daughter had adopted a “peculiar behaviour” since the death of her mother on September 3.


They said she spent most of her time sleeping on her mother’s bed since her demise.

“She was very close to her mother. They walked and did most things together,” said Mr Jackson Muriuki, a member of the burial committee.

Ms Wangari, who was suffering from epilepsy, is believed to have suffered shock that led to her death at around 11:30am.

However, hours before her death it is said she took her medicine and asked for food from the kitchen before going back to the house.

“It was around 11:30 am when we found she was dead. We screened her but she was not responding ,” said Ms Rose Mwangi, Ms Wangari’s her sister.


Immediately, the family went for a burial permit from the chief and quickly fund-raised to bury the daughter. The daughter was not taken to hospital. Mother and daughter were then laid to rest.

Villagers raised concern over lack of flowers or cross for the burial.

“Some people do not see the need for a cross or flowers on their graves,” said Reverend Kara Nderitu who was conducting the service.