The photos in question see Jayne Rivera, whose Instagram page was not active at the time of this writing, posing in front of her father’s open casket. The casket is draped with an American flag. In the caption, Rivera—based in Florida—celebrated her father’s “well-lived” life.
“Butterfly fly away,” she wrote. “Rip Papi you were my best friend. A life we lived.”
While everyone does indeed grieve in various ways, and we should all probably just respect that and mind our own, the tweeted and IG-commented reactions to the photos came swiftly. Still, Rivera—who originally shared the photos on Sunday and spoke with NBC News about the pushback on Wednesday—says she understands the “negative reception” the photos have received.