A woman has revealed that she refused to go to her brother’s funeral after their parents prioritized him and ignored her for her entire life.
Posting on Reddit, the 28-year-old said she left home for college and never came back after her family prioritized her brother, who was physically and mentally challenged.
“I live about a three-hour drive away from my hometown,” the woman wrote. “My brother was disabled, mentally and physically challenged. My parents prioritized him and ignored me for my entire life.”
“For instance, in addition to the fact that they were never there for me emotionally, they also missed countless softball games, parent-teacher meetings, concerts where I’d be playing my cello with an orchestra,” she went on.
The Reddit user expressed how she was left heartbroken by her parents’ absence, adding that they never made it to her high school graduation.
“Almost all of it was because George had a complication and needed to be taken to the hospital,” she said.
The woman then decided to leave home for college and never returned even though her parents asked her to visit on special occasions.
“I never came back. So we have an almost non-existent relationship. They know almost nothing about my life,” she went on.
After her brother passed away, her parents started calling her and asked her to come to the funeral.
“Then and now, I said I won’t make it and I told them to go on without me. My mother told me she was disappointed in me and said I was making a huge mistake and being disrespectful to my brother’s memory,” she added.
Many Reddit users shared their thoughts on the matter, with one person commenting: “If you don’t want to go, don’t. It has the potential to cause you more issues and it can invite drama you don’t want into your life. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for distancing yourself from your family.”
Another said: “You’re not wrong if you don’t go to the funeral. But you may feel better if you do.”
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