JiananTonic (jianantonic) wrote in thequestionclub,

If your friend's parent died, would you go to the funeral, given that you would have to take a few hours off work but it's in the same town as you?

In what ways do you reach out to a friend when they lose a loved one?

ETA: The situation is this...
I was very close with this friend in high school. He and I have drifted apart over the years, but we're still friends. I haven't seen or talked to him in a while, though. His mom had brain cancer (which I only found out last week when another friend ran into them in the hospital) and died yesterday, according to a local obituary. My friend probably doesn't even know I know his mom was sick, and certainly isn't expecting me to go to the funeral. I feel like I should and that I want to, but leaving work in the middle of the day is tricky for me. I'll be allowed to go if I ask, but I don't know if I should. I certainly don't enjoy funerals...but if it would help my friend for me to be there, I certainly want to. I'll think about this for the rest of the day, I guess.
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