I'm currently at the third month of my internship, and one of the associates died of a heart attack last week at work.
He had been working here for more than 25 years, so everyone is really shocked and sad.
Of course I am too, but I'm not comfortable with the idea of going to the funeral home alone. He has a big family and I don't know anyone. I barely know him. We said good morning maybe 10 times that's all.
Tomorrow is the funeral and the office will be closed. In the email they said that they are leaving the decision to go or not to each individual.
Should I go? I just feel it's weird to go to a funeral for someone you barely know, especially if you don't know the family. It sounds fake.
What's the etiquette for those situations?
I'm used to going to the funeral home when it's someone I know who lost someone. But in this situation, I don't know the family and the person who died.
For those who will live the same situation:
Don't even think of not going. You should go to the funeral. I really regret my decision cause now it's quite awkward at work. Most of them don't talk to me anymore and I'm not invited to go out for lunch. When they say that they are leaving the decision to go or not to each individual, it's a trap...
In my case, they said that to be polite cause the atmosphere at work is really not the same as before.
Next time I will hesitate about this, I will just stop thinking and go.