A fourteen year old girl I know does not want to attend the memorial service for her father. Her parents were never married, did not live together, and he rarely saw her. Father and daughter had no meaningful relationship.
He did marry later, had three kids, and a fourth is on the way, and I am sorry for them. Because he was a firefighter who died in the line of duty he’s being lauded to the sky, called “a dedicated family man who loved his children”. Not all of them I guess.
The girl’s mother wants her to attend the memorial service, says she’ll regret it later if she doesn’t. The girl herself doesn’t want to be around her father’s family, especially as there may be cameras around.
I don’t think she should have to go, even if she does regret it later. What does anyone else think?