Our CEO's wife passed away last week, after battling cancer for years. She was such a lovely woman by all accounts, and much too young. It's a horrendous and tragic situation all around. I'm going to the wake this afternoon and the funeral tomorrow, and I just…don't really want to. Am I horrible? I just never know what to say. I had only met her once, and don't know their teenage children. What the hell do you say to a teenager who just lost their mom? On one hand, I want to be supportive and I feel like going is the right thing to do. On the other hand, I sort of feel like I'm sticking my nose in a private family matter.
I also feel really guilty over my discomfort. Obviously, losing a loved one to cancer is infinitely worse than feeling slightly awkward. Why should I have any right to complain? Gahh, these situations are so hard to navigate. I feel like kind of a shitty person.