Attending funeral of deceased spouse’s family

7 years, 4 months ago

My husband passed over a yr ago, his mother recently passed, do I attend the funeral? If so do I sit with the family? Am I still family?

Jennifer Lane
7 years, 4 months ago

Generally, you would attend the funeral. You have the history of the relationship from your marriage and assuming you maintained a relationship with your husband’s family since he passed, it certainly would be appropriate to attend.

As for if you are “still family” – that is entirely between you and his family. Usually, spouses are still considered part of the family for a period of time even following a death but this is different for everyone. I will assume that since you are questioning this it is because you are not sure of your place now, so I would plan to sit away from the family unless you are invited to sit with them.

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