Y’all are (for the most part) much more caring and considerate people than I am. All this talk about going to the funeral to give my condolences to the family, that funerals are for the living, etc. Not to mention the chance to network and rub elbows with other management.
Clearly, y’all have much more experiences with funerals and find them to be of great significance and importance. All of which is pretty much what I figured.
Here are some additional tidbits though:
I don’t really know and have not met most of the family either. Not the spouses, kids, grandkids, etc. And the few family members with whom I have the pleasure of working are gun-toting, uber right wing, Christian, Palin-Bachmann supporting, homophobic, sexist bigots.
This goes for about 90% of the rest of the management team too, as they’re just as homophobic, sexist and bigoted.
And as much as it might be nice for me to express my condolences or network and be a company man, the thing is… I don’t want to. I have a hard enough time putting in a day’s work with these people, let alone spend time with them at something like a funeral.
There will be plenty of people paying their respects and plenty of management there all putting in “face time” to look good.
I am not planning to be one of them.
And yeah, this makes me a heartless asshole. Or a fool for not being a team player. Or probably both.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think I’m bothered that I don’t care more.