I am not sure if the story “quoted” has been fully understood by you, as told to you by your friend.
My Mother died a few months ago at almost 92, she had been a Catholic all of her life. I have been a JW for about 35 years. My Father died about 4 years ago (a Protestant), and I have no Brothers or Sisters. My Mother had dementia for the last 4 years, and was in a nursing home.
This situation put me in the position of being responsible for my Mother, she a Catholic and me a JW.
JW’s do not (or should not and cannot) interfere with another persons religion.
When my Mother originally went into the nursing home a few years ago, I was asked about her religious needs, I told the administrator that she was a Catholic, and should have visits from the Catholic Clergy etc and should have communion etc. This however was for her, not me. As a JW, I had no right to interfere with her religion, although I wanted nothing to do with it myself personally.
A few months ago, my Mother was dying and was taken from the nursing home to the Hospital, and I arrived at the Hospital about 30 mins later. When it was established by the Doctor that she had about 24 hours to live, I phoned some of my Catholic relatives and told them of the situation. One of the relatives asked that my Mother have the “last rites”, so I asked the Hospital staff to find a RC Priest or a RC Hospital Chaplain for her as soon as possible. A lady RC Hospital Chaplain arrived within 30 mins, and my Mother had the “last rites”. However again this was for my Mother, not me. I stood outside my Mother’s room, whilst this was happening, and did not have anything to do with it myself.
In regards to my Mother funeral, I arranged a compromise. A lady from the local RC Church whom had been visiting my Mother at the nursing home every week for 4 years , arranged for Mass to be said at the local RC Church for her the morning of her funeral (I did not attend). The funeral itself was at a Funeral Parlor, and was conducted by a secular funeral celebrant (it was a non religious service). The funeral parlor service was excellent, and everyone was very happy with it. The RC lady who had been visiting my Mother every week was there, as were all of the Catholic, Protestant and non-religious relatives and friends.
After the funeral I wrote a letter of thankyou to the local RC Church, to be given to the RC lady whom had visited my Mother very week for 4 years. I had visted my Mother at the Nursing Home (for an hour or so) almost everyday for 4 years (I missed about 5 days in that time). JW’s must honor and look after their parents regardless of who they are, or what ever religion they are.
I sent my Mother’s ashes to her RC sister to bury them as according to any RC way she wished.
Anyway, that’s my story about a similar situation as you quoted slyboots.
“LISTEN to your father who caused your birth, and do not despise your mother just because she has grown old,” counseled the wise man of long ago. (Proverbs 23:22)
God’s Word counsels: “Honor your father and your mother ... that it may go well with you and you may endure a long time on the earth”!—Ephesians 6:2,*3.
Servants of God have deep regard for their parents, even though these may have grown old. (Proverbs 23:22-24) They honor them. In doing so, they experience what the inspired proverb says: “Your father and your mother will rejoice, and she that gave birth to you will be joyful.” (Proverbs 23:25) And most of all, those who honor their elderly parents also please and honor Jehovah God.