When you want to share an extremely mood-ruining thing (death of a parent) without ruining the mood: Be brief and direct, and let other people be nice to you for a minute.
Dear Captain, Longtime lurker, first time LW. Thanks for providing such a safe, thoughtful & humorous space for thinking through life's issues. My ex-stepfather (XSF) is elderly, ill & failing. I foresee him dying sometime in the next year or so. I do not wish to go to his funeral, but I believe many members … Continue reading #1067: “Boycotting my ex stepdad’s funeral.”