I hate funerals
January 2, 2013 10:50 AM Subscribe
My grandfather's sister-in-law died and her funeral is this weekend. My family wants me to drive my grandfather down to the funeral. I would rather stick pins under my fingers. But I know I need to do this. Help me suck it up.
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The great-aunt in question is my grandfather's sister-in-law (the wife of my late grandmother's brother). I have not seen that side of the family in almost a decade. My grandfather is in his early 80s, suffers from Alzheimer's and is unable to drive. I am the only person in my family who lives near him so I'm the only one who can drive him down to the funeral, which is an 8 hour drive.
I feel very uncomfortable around my grandfather. I always have. I just get this weird creepy vibe from him, maybe stemming from something in my childhood? I know that I should go to the funeral. I know he should be there to be with his late wife's family. I am dreading the drive. I am dreading spending 16 hours with him in a car and then going to a funeral to spend time with people I barely know. It's my duty, but it's shitty and I need to stop being a petulant spoiled brat and just do it. Do you have any suggestions about making this trip easier on the both of us?