(Closed) Old ex-boyfriend passed away…

posted 6 years ago in Relationships
  • poll: Would you attend the funeral/visitation of an ex?
    Yes, you should go : (66 votes)
    36 %
    No, you shouldn't go : (54 votes)
    29 %
    Attend visitation only : (37 votes)
    20 %
    Attend funeral service : (22 votes)
    12 %
    Other, please leave your advice below. :) : (6 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    This is really …strange… but I’m likely going to go through this shortly.


    I just found out that my ex (we were together over 1 year & lived together) has stage 4 esophageal cancer. There is no cure, and the survival rate is less than 5%. Basically, he’s dying.


    So, I’ve been asking myself about this lately, and the conclusion I came to is that this ex is not a part of my life anymore, and I am going to let it remain that way. I’ll send silent prayers, but nothing more. I can’t be a support system to him or his friends/family (who are also not a part of my life any longer). And I don’t want to be.


    Moreover, I feel it is unfair to my Fiance on some level… so, that’s why I voted no, don’t go. Because it’s what I’ve decided for myself.

    Post # 4
    4925 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I don’t think there’s ever anything wrong with going to a service to remember and grieve for someone. If it would bring you some comfort, you should feel welcome to go.

    Very sorry for your loss. 

    Post # 5
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You go to a memorial service not for the deceased, but to support their friends and family.

    If you were not particularly close to the friends or family (and kinda sounds that way) then I would say don’t go.



    Post # 6
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you feel you want to go, you should go. There is nothing at all wrong with commemorating a life of someone who was once very important to you.

    Post # 7
    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I don’t know if he did or didn’t, but if he had a current girlfriend or woman in his life I wouldn’t feel right going as it is her time to mourn him in those settings more than a long-ago-ex who didn’t really keep in touch. I’d offer my prayers for his family and friends from afar and let those who were closest with him and in his life attend the services and mourn him there together like they should. It’s good for you to think of him, remember him, and say your own silent good byes but I don’t think you need to go to the funeral or visitation.

    A random thought…if your Fiance were to suddenly pass how would you feel if his ancient ex gfs showed up at his funeral mourning him?…If it were me, I’d feel their presence was odd. Just a thought though, he might not have had a woman in his life, idk. 

     I’m sorry he was lost so suddenly, it’s never fair when that happens. Condolences.

    Post # 8
    3461 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    If you want to go, then (assuming no one would be bothered by you going) go.  Funerals are for the person attending and to provide comfort to those close to the deceased.

    I recently attended the funeral of my ex-boyfriend’s dad.  We dated for several years in college, which was many years ago.  He is now engaged.  Even though we see each other sometimes at gatherings of friend’s (he does not live in the same town anymore), I asked a friend to check with him if it’d be ok to attend because while I wanted to pay my respects, I wanted to respect their wishes/not make him uncomfortable.  I got back the a-ok, so rsvp’d and we attended.  His mom even thanked me for coming and gave me a hug.

    Post # 9
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    2 years after high school graduation an ex was in a car accident and passed away.  I went.  I bawled my eyes out.  I still get teary eyed when I think about him.  I even ran into his parents about a year ago when I was working at a doctors office.  It was strange and the moment I saw them I bawled again, gave them hugs and we talked for a bit.

    Just because you didn’t work out as a couple does not mean you can’t show respect for him after he’s passed.  At one time you loved him, cared for him etc.  I think it would mean alot to his family if you were there.  Plus this would give you some closure on his passing.  I think you might regret not going if you feel you should and don’t.

    ETA: Ex was seeing another girl at the time of his passing.  I did not upstage her, I didn’t even introduce myself to her or even go up to his parents.  Although I was sitting by the aisle and when his parents walked up they saw me and gave me a quick hug before exiting.  I let them have their moments as a family and let his girlfriend have her moment as his special friend etc.  I just came to say goodbye, show my respects and mourn his loss.

    Post # 10
    416 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I guess it depends how close you are, but if you were casual friends with someone who you used to be closer to, and you found out they died, would you go then?  Because I don’t think the nature of your relationship (since it ended on friendly terms) should affect that, especially if your Fiance is okay with it.  Maybe it’s just me and maybe I linger too long, but if I end a relationship on good terms, I don’t see why that person has to be out of my life forever.  I have plenty of casual exes (as does DH) that we still see socially.

    Post # 11
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @jlc3:  This is more about you and what you need to move forward. People can’t really tell you how to feel in the grieving process, or what’s appropriate and what’s not. Since you said “I feel like maybe I should go to say my goodbyes” I’m guessing that you need to go…so just go. If you don’t feel like this will be necessary to move on with your life, then don’t go. There’s nothing wrong with going to the viewing but not the funeral—that’s usually more open to everyone whose lives were touched by the deceased.

    Post # 13
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    You can go to the funeral and basically be invisible, you don’t need to proclaim to anyone you are a longago ex. Go pay your respects to your ex and leave. I don’t agree that you go for friends and family, you can go for the deceased and yourself. I’ve you want to go, go. if anyone does speak to you, just say your an old friend.

    Post # 14
    539 posts
    Busy bee

    @jlc3:  I would send the family a card/flowers and not attend anything

    Post # 16
    3823 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @jlc3:  I wouldn’t go. Let all that’s in your past stay in your past – good and bad. 

    I had to deal with something like this. My last ex went back to dating an old girlfriend soon after breaking up with me. A few months later, he got into a car accident with her and her kids in the car. She died and he was critically injured. Kids survived. 

    My first reaction was to go to the hospital. (THANKFULLY) I was away when it happened, at the beach with friends so I had time to think before acting. After thinking about it (I was with my Fiance but we weren’t engaged yet) and rationalizing through it, I decided that it would not be fair to share my emotional capacity with my ex, his family, and his situation. That’s his situation to bear and deal with, not mine. I did send a note of condolence through his brother and best friend (I am still good friends with his best friend’s wife) but that’s it. 

    Let it rest. Let him rest. 

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