So here’s the four options:
"Yes, I was there and that was a good thing"
For if you’re glad you were for whatever reason (having a chance to say goodbye, being able to hold them as they pass, seeing them one last time, etc).
"Yes, I was there and that was a bad thing"
For if you wish you weren’t witness to it for whatever reason (they died suddenly, nothing could have saved them, it was unexpected, there was no time to have last words, you completely lost it or broke down, etc).
"No, I wasn’t there and that was a good thing"
For if you weren’t by their side and are grateful, for whatever reason (it happened so fast and you’d have broke down, if you’ve had tried to save them and it would have resulted in an even worse case, if you were estranged from them and just couldn’t do it, etc).
"No, I wasn’t there and that was a bad thing"
For if you missed it and wish you had been for whatever reason (you wish you had a chance to say goodbye, see them one last time, could have saved them, wanted to give them comfort, etc).
My dad died in 2001 while I was at work. It was unexpected, he wasn’t sick or anything. Just a heart attack out of no where. I’m grateful I was away at the time, because I would have totally lost it if I had been there. I don’t think I would have handled it well at all. To this day, I remain very relieved I wasn’t there. I hope I’m not there when my mom dies either…I think I’d fall apart and it might be the end of most of my sanity if I were to witness it…knowing it was coming or not.