Carolyn Hax on why you should attend funerals

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From today's chat at by advice columnist Carolyn Hax:

Phoenix: My mom's husband just died. They got married a year ago and live 2,000 miles away; I met him twice. This is an extremely big week at work for me, and flying out to the funeral for this man I barely knew would make things very difficult. In your opinion, am I obligated to go the funeral?

Carolyn Hax: At a funeral, the body doesn't need you there, the survivor does.