Attending X-Husbands Brother's Funeral

I was married for 40 yrs and divorced my husband. He remarried a young girl and I want to attend his brothers funeral out of town. Should I go? The new wife will be there with my x-husband. Should I go? They have been together for 3 years. I did not remarry. She was the other woman that caused the break-up in the marriage. What should I do?

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by: Miss P Etiquette

Dear Friend,

The manner in which you asked the question is quite interesting. You say you want to go to the funeral then you ask whether or not you should go. Of course, you should go.

No matter who else is attending the funeral, if your relationship with the brother was significant to you, then your presence will comfort others as well as yourself. Try to remember that the purpose of this occasion is the respectful, final farewell to a friend. Your personal goodbye is not connected with your ex-husband, his new wife or the dog! You have a direct connection to the deceased and you can honor that if you wish.

It is also excellent practical etiquette to do so!!

Miss Practical Etiquette

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