Most of us have probably received one of these bad news calls at some point. It’s also standard for a lot of people to think “who died?” when a call wakes you up at night.
I recently received a very early morning call* about the death of a non-immediate family member, who’d been sick for awhile. I wasn’t close enough to any of the people involved to be needed as a source of comfort. I felt sad, but one of my first thoughts was that this news really could have waited until morning. After all, there was nothing I could do for the living or the dead. I waited until everyone else was awake to pass the news on. How would you feel about this, and how would you handle it?
*The call was placed by someone who wasn’t looking for sympathy, but was simply passing on the news, so they didn’t need comforting either.