IT was in June 2003 when four local women from the Shayamoya Township established the Masibonisane Burial Society to support one another during times of bereavement. Since then, the burial society has received massive support from other local women who have joined the cause. On November 3, a thanksgiving party was held at the Ward 4 community hall in Shayamoya. The society also celebrated its 15-year anniversary on the same day.The society’s chief executive officer, Mangconde Xiphu, said the burial society was established after the women discovered a need for this in the area.“There was a young man from Shayamoya who died and his family was quite poor. Local women put together some groceries to assist at the funeral, and after the funeral, we noticed that there was a need to start a burial society that would donate groceries to families during times of darkness,” she said.She added that every three months they host meetings to share ideas about how they can grow the burial society in the future. According to Xiphu, all the members of the society are women. “Most women get uncomfortable when things go wrong at funerals, so we do not feel guilty for starting this society. There has been change in our families since we started this burial society,” she said.At the celebration, local pastors and members of the community attended and expressed their well wishes.Buyiswa Rheme, the society’s treasurer, called for more public support.