I am fortunate to work at a company that holds an annual holiday/social event. There are some light remarks from management (listing our achievements this year, etc.), but it is primarily a social event lasting 4-5 hours. The event is held during working hours, not on personal time, so in a sense they are paying me to be there, and they are paying for the food and drinks.
My situation is that there was recently a death in the immediate family. In order to be at the funeral, I would need to miss at least the last 1-2 hours of the event. My absence will be conspicuous in either case.
My question is whether it would be better to: 1) Attend part of the event and then leave, or 2) Not attend at all (and take bereavement leave, since it is during working hours)
I would enjoy attending, but am concerned that leaving during the event could give the impression that I was skipping out early to go home. My management would know the situation, but a number of other senior leaders will be there, including several with whom our relationship is a key part of my job.
Not attending at all would be less likely to give the wrong impression (people will ask my boss where I am), but I'd miss the part of the event that I could attend.
Thoughts, community? Thanks!
Edit: To clarify, the funeral is not on the same day as the corporate event. It is on the following day. However, given the distance involved, I would need to leave no later than the afternoon of the day of the corporate event.