A grieving man shocked Redditors when he sat with his son at his wife’s funeral. It was the dead woman herself who had everyone up in arms. Here is the full story.
They’ve Been Together Forever
OP is a 52-year-old man who has been with his 53-year-old wife since high school.
They Did Their Job
Together, OP and his wife had a son who is now 25 years old and a daughter who is now 27.
He Lived His Truth
OP’s son came out as gay when he was 16 years old.
At 19, he moved out to live with his boyfriend.
She Disowned Him
While OP was supportive of his son, his wife never accepted that her son was gay.
Even worse, she decided that he was pretty much dead to her.
They All Turned on Him
From the time OP’s son came out, his wife and the rest of her family cut him down and tried to make him feel guilty about his sexuality.
They Just Stayed Away
Family events became super tense for OP and his son until they eventually stopped going altogether.
He Pulled Away from Her
Mostly because of the way she was treating their son, OP pulled away from his wife.
Their marriage got worse and worse over the years.
Saved by the Bell
OP was on the verge of filing for a divorce when tragedy struck.
She Was Very Sick
About a year ago, OP’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
It was severe and aggressive, and it became clear that she was going to need help with her fight.
He Stuck By Her
So OP put his divorce plans on hold and decided to help his wife battle her disease.
He Came Back to her
Remarkably, OP’s son also stepped in to help his mother.
But she continued her homophobic ways and pushed him away from her even in her darkest days.
She Lost the Battle
After several months, the cancer had spread all throughout OP’s wife’s body.
She passed away after a hard battle.
They Had to Say Goodbye
Once she was gone, OP worked with his in-laws to make the arrangements for his wife’s funeral.
They Weren’t Welcome
On the day of the service, the wife’s family told OP’s son and his boyfriend that they had to sit in the back.
They weren’t allowed to be part of the family.
He Was Still Family
Before the funeral began, OP’s brother-in-law approached him and asked him to sit near the casket with the rest of the family.
He Made His Choice
But OP declined and went to sit with his son and the boyfriend.
They Were Appalled
During the service, family members kept turning their heads to glare at OP and his son.
It Got Hostile
Then, at the reception that followed, the family was even more hostile.
OP could hear them talking about him and his son, and the tension was thick.
He Was Angry and Hurt
At that point OP’s brother approached him again, angry that he had chosen his son over his wife.
She Considered Him a Disgrace
The brother even told OP that his wife had not wanted her son at her funeral.
The young man was a disgrace to the family.
He Was Out
And now, the brother said, OP was a disgrace to them, too.
They Can Stick It
OP doesn’t really care what his dead wife’s family thinks about him at this point. But he wishes they would treat his son with a little respect, especially since he just lost his mom.
He Was Definitely in the Right
Redditors think OP was completely right for choosing to sit with his son over his bigoted in-laws.
Many of them think OP was pretty brave for making that move and agree that he should just completely cut off contact with his wife’s family.
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