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HEARTBREAKING: Widows of COVID-19 plea for the community to take virus seriously

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HEARTBREAKING: Widows of COVID-19 plea for the community to take virus seriously - WEYI

MOUNT MORRIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. --- It’s been nearly seven months since Sandy Brown shared her unimaginable pain with the world after losing her husband and son to COVID-19 only three days apart.

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Now, as cases surge across Michigan, she and two other women widowed by COVID-19, are urging everyone to take the virus seriously.

Mid-Michigan NOW's Bria Jones has the story of their heartbreaking plea.

"Even though he didn’t answer my prayer he’s still a prayer answering God," said grieving widow & mother Sandy Brown.

Unanswered prayers has brought this circle of sisters and their pastor closer together.

“Without these people it would be very difficult for me," said Brown.

Sandy Brown’s story made national headlines in late March after her husband Freddie Brown Junior and son Freddie Brown III dying days apart after contracting COVID-19.

Unable to have a proper burial due to restrictions, she streamed their dual funeral on Facebook live.

RELATED LINK: Woman who lost husband, son to COVID-19 says farewell on Facebook Live

“I’ve been chosen or selected to walk this path, that I don’t like and that I don’t understand, but I have to let the world know that God is in control," said Brown.

Ramona Parrish’s husband — Phillip Parrish — died the same day as Brown’s son.

Battling the virus herself, she says he took care of her at home, and the two were even hospitalized together.

“My husband died March the 29th and I didn’t have his funeral until May 1st because I was sick," said Parrish.

"God’s given me a peace that I’ve never experienced, but I still have the loneliness cause I miss him he was my life," said Parrish.

On the same journey, Loretta Cannon is grieving her husband of 51 years, James Cannon.

“What do you have to say to those people who don’t believe this is real?”

“I say God help 'em..... God help 'em, because they need help. It is real.. I can tell you it is real," said grieving widow, Loretta Cannon.

At the center of the group — Kiemba Knowlin — the pastor of Jackson Memorial Temple — he says the virus is vicious and people need to sanitize, practice social distancing, and wear their masks.

"As many people as we can get to follow this simple guidelines will be as many lives as we save, because of the lives we lost," said Knowlin.

At the height of the pandemic, 11 members of Jackson Memorial Temple were hospitalized. Pastor Knowlin says five members died from COVID-19.