||[Sep. 20th, 2010|05:26 pm]
The Question Club
Today, while at my volunteer job, I walked past one of my supervisors. She was sniffling and rubbing her eyes, and I thought she was just having allergy issues. Her boss was talking to her, asking if she "needed a ride," and my supervisor replied that her sister was going to come pick her up.|
I thought that was kind of a weird exchange, and then I later found out that something "really bad" happened to her, but I don't know what. I'm going to assume a relative or close friend of hers is either very sick or passed away.
Do you think it would be bad or inappropriate if I sent her an e-mail asking if she's OK and telling her that if she needed me to cover anything for her at work, I'd be more than happy to do it? If it's OK, how would I start that e-mail? Saying something like, "Hey, I heard something bad happened to you," doesn't sound right at all.
I have a really good relationship with her, I think she thinks me more of like a coworker than a subordinate. But...I dunno, at the same time, I feel like I'm being really...intrusive.
I don't know, I just suck at trying to be helpful when my friends are feeling really upset. How well do you handle situations like that?