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June 18th, 2007
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Imagine that your sibling's spouse's parent dies. Assuming you would be welcome, would you go to the funeral?

Yes, absolutely
2(11.8%)
Only if it were local/convenient.
14(82.4%)
No.
1(5.9%)

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From:lizzielizzie
Date:June 18th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
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I think it depends how close I am with the sibling and the spouse in question.
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From:hrafn
Date:June 18th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Ack!

Um, well, it would depend mostly on how close I felt to sibling's spouse and/or how much sibling wanted me to be there, but option 2 is probably my most likely response.
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From:queue
Date:June 18th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh! No, it's not me. It's my boss.
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From:hrafn
Date:June 19th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, good. Er. Well. Relative to what I assumed, anyway.
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From:treacle_well
Date:June 19th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
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And it would depend on how acquainted I was with the s's s's parent or how close I was to the s's s.

In factI didn't go to the funerals of my sibling D's in-laws, but it wouldn't have felt weird to (I did briefly consider it), as I had met them at family functions on several occasions. I might feel similarly about sibling C's m-i-l, but I'm pretty lazy and I have a fairly weak sense of family obligation so I doubt I'd actually end up going. However, I've only met sibling T's in-laws once, so even if they weren't way out on that other coast I don't think I'd even consider it.

In fact, now that I've written this I'm not sure why I didn't just answer "No." I guess it's because even though in the two cases where I know what I did, I didn't, I still feel that theoretically I might have, so it's not like I have this part of me that says "No, absolutely not, that would never happen."
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From:magid
Date:June 19th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Depends not only on convenience, but on my relationship (or lack of same) to the deceased. If we've barely met, I'd be more likely to offer support to the sibling and spouse before/after the funeral, while if we'd shared numerous events, I'd be more likely to go.
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From:kazmat
Date:June 20th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
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I don't go to funerals. Ever.
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From:magid
Date:June 20th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
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What do you do if a close relative dies?
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From:kazmat
Date:June 20th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
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There's no exception to the rule. I have never been to a funeral and never plan on going to one.
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