Bereavement leave is typically granted for immediate family; although, it can vary by employer. Recently, having dealt with this on more than one occasion, an issue has been brought to my attention. What gives the employer the right to tell you that you cannot take time off to attend funeral services?
First, I get the obvious answer… because companies are allowed to set such policies as seen fit. I realize there are also people in this world that try to take advantage of any situation; however, companies should not have the right to determine if the death of an individual is of enough importance that you are allowed to take off work.
A marriage certificate or the blood in your veins does not automatically invalidate everyone else’s importance. There are friendships built and families created and those people can be just as important. Maybe you have a friend or loved one that needs you to be there because you are their rock. The end of this life is death and for some people, they need that last goodbye. Do not punish someone for having to deal with the death of someone they love. It is not their fault if they have to attend three funerals in a year or two back to back. Furthermore, the family of your boyfriend can also be your family even if “you’re not officially family.”
This world needs a little more compassion.