Awkward Family Story: Multitasking

August 3rd, 2009

I went to my great aunts Funeral this week. I left before my distant cousins arrived, but here is what happend once they were there. The room was very solomn, and my cousin and her mother began to walk around the room and tell everyone how sad it was that our aunt had ascended to the next world. Following their condolonces they handed out black cards with hot pink inserts. These little jewels turned out to be invitations to my cousins wedding in 5 weeks. Awkward.

(submitted by Shawna)

72 Responses to “Awkward Family Story: Multitasking”

  1. Turney says:

    Very tacky but I work at a funeral home and you would be surprised at the things that happen during visitations and funerals.

  2. Marie says:

    I hope the great aunt comes back to haunt them! May she make a surprise visit to the wedding reception and see everyone pee themselves in fear! Mwah-ha-ha!

  3. Johnny says:

    “She used to always talk about how she couldn’t wait to see me married. Incidentally…”

  4. Mama Mc says:

    They were dying to get married. 🙂

  5. PatW says:

    Believe it or not, this same thing happened to a friend of mine at a grandparent’s wedding. Wonder if it were the same family? I think my friend’s “incident” was in New Hampshire.

  6. Elle_Woods says:

    Thought to ponder: Handing out invitations at the funeral could be an omen on the upcoming nuptuals.

  7. Katie says:

    Wonder if they slipped one in the casket too.

    • jem says:

      THAT got me to chuckle.

      Sadly this is totally part of my family too.

      They shouldn’t be allowed to breed. Stop the madness!

  8. Sarah says:

    It’s solemn…not solomn. Sorry, but that really bothered me.

    • We bow to you oh great and knowing one says:

      If you are going to correct their grammar errors, correct them all.
      It should be aunt’s, not aunts.
      It should be funeral, not Funeral.
      It should be happened, not happend.
      (You got the next one.)
      It should be condolences, not condolonces.
      It should be my cousin’s wedding, not my cousins wedding.

    • Jennifer says:

      Also, it’s Awkward Family Photos…not Awkwardly-written Family Stories. PLEASE STOP THESE ATROCITIES. I hate everything about them. Or, if you must include them, put them on a different feed to save me (and countless others) the cringes.

    • bsheer says:

      Don’t ever be sorry for using the right words, Sarah!! However, people’s misspellings and mangled grammar are sometimes the funniest things on here (unintentionally of course). If we could only add speech bubbles to some of these pictures – the dorky boy saying “your awsome” would be hilarious.

  9. Wendy says:

    ascended into the next world?

  10. Amanda says:

    My inner optimist wants to believe that it’s possible the aunt and cousin had good intentions, and were trying to lighten the mood.

    If I’m wrong, however… how horrible and selfish for this cousin to think only of herself during such a difficult time for the whole family. Especially at a funeral of all places.

    • Amanda says:

      Of course, I must add I once heard a similarly awful and tactless story: Someone said on a messageboard that their cousin’s boyfriend had proposed… at their grandfather’s funeral.

  11. killer kate says:

    A bit awkward and completely tasteless.

  12. yolinda says:

    Tacky and rude!

    ((thought I’d post something original that people hadn’t said yet.))

  13. KeCo says:

    That was extremely rude. They should have had respect and placed the invites on the windshields of the cars under the wiper arm…

  14. cranky says:

    Hey, maybe they could pack up any leftover funeral reception food, freeze it, and serve it at the wedding! And the flowers would probably still be fresh if you put them in a big enough refrigerator. In fact, why not freeze up the dearly departed with some fruit cocktail and float her festively in the punch bowl. Oh wait, no, that might be, I don’t know….TOTALLY WEIRD AND INAPPROPRIATE!

  15. Lisa says:

    The only thing worse is to enclose the gift registry…..

  16. Jennifer says:

    Tacky and inappropriate, yes. Grief will do strange things to people’s taste and judgement. I assume the cousin and aunt were close to, and truly grieving for, the deceased great aunt. If not, then it was truly gauche.

    • Patty says:

      I must say, if I were close to the cousin/aunt and they were truly so grief-stricken that they both lost all sense of taste and judgment, I would have taken one quietly aside and mention that there would be a better time to be passing out wedding invitations…

  17. mrsmarvel says:

    Can you say “etiquette book” for their wedding gift?

  18. Stellabella says:

    It makes it even more awkward to those who DIDN’T get the invites, they were probably wondering what it was!

  19. Leroix says:

    That was worded as if two cousins were marrying each other.In that case What’s the problem?

  20. George from PA says:

    My family insisted on singing “happy birthday” to me at my Dad’s memorial service.

    • jr says:

      uggghhh that’s awful. And awkward – what sort of facial expression would you have?

    • David Cain says:

      Wow, that’s horrible.

    • Katia says:

      At my cousin-in-law’s memorial service (he was cremated) my mom and I were standing talking to his wife (my cousin) next to an easel holding a board with pictures of him on it. As we moved to leave, my mom bumped the easel with the pictures with her walker, and it started to fall. THANK HEAVEN I and my cousin caught it before it hit the floor, and got the easel legs re-arranged after much trial, but OMG. It doesn’t get too much more awkward than that. Thank heaven we were already leaving.

  21. doggiekittymama says:

    My Aunt and Grandmother despised wakes because of the loud joyful reunions, laughing etc. in the face of someone else’s grief. Doing something that tacky at a FUNERAL takes it to a whole new level of awful. Life does go on but even a little socializing at a repast lunceon would still not make this any less glaringly rude and cheap.

  22. blue-eyes says:

    I’d have to go to that wedding, just so I could pass out some funeral mass cards.

  23. Anon says:

    Ugh … disrespectful. Totally. Kinda like when my MIL announced to the assembled guests at my future SIL’s engagement party that I [who wasn’t there] was pregnant. Tacky and rude.

  24. Kale says:

    5 weeks, very soon… will this be a shotgun wedding?

  25. Liz says:

    “Bleah! says:
    August 3, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Marney frowns on this behavior. She says use email.”

    Cause even then- you won’t even have to pay for the invitations to be printed! Cheapos

  26. FoxPipes says:

    time and place, ladies and gentlemen–time and place. sheesh.

  27. Bastet11 says:

    Wow, that is incredibly offensive! Buy some stamps, cheapskates!

  28. Tonya Lynn says:

    In these econonmic times those getting married appreciate when a family member passes… As it saves them postage and the cost of a plate at the wedding dinner…

  29. Nichole says:

    Reading this was downright weird. Since I went to my great aunt’s funeral this week too. Luckily I didn’t get invited to any weddings.

  30. Angel says:

    Rude and Tacky! I would never go to someone’s wedding that gave me the invitation at a funeral!

    • grimey says:

      yeah but the really tough questions is…would you go to someone’s funeral who gave you an invitation at a wedding?

      • Celeste says:

        Well, wait. Wouldn’t it be better to accept the invitation at the funeral to the wedding and when the couple asks about their gift tell them “Oh, I thought that the gift of me being alive and well at your wedding is good enough.”

  31. Bleah! says:

    Marney frowns on this behavior. She says use email.

  32. Alekx says:

    This story is so simple and great!

    I saw it in my head perfectly.
    Too good.

  33. Tonya Lynn says:

    In these econonmic times those getting married appreciate when a family member passes… As it saves them postage…

  34. laurie says:

    Distant cousins…

    Distant for a reason.

    • Jeannie says:

      Haha, nice. Exactly what I was thinking. Would it really have been that hard to just MAIL the invites? Ugh. Disrespectful.

  35. John says:

    totally wrong way of doing this, now they have no way of claiming that weird Uncle Art’s invitation must’ve gotten lost in the mail

  36. Steffy says:

    How tacky!!! This sounds like something my cousins would do!

  37. Tracy says:

    There’s nothing awkward about it. That’s just downright rude.

  38. Number1BadBoy says:

    Saves on postage I suppose.

  39. Dee says:

    Awkward and incredibly tacky. Wow.

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