My brother died last November; his illness and death were short, less than four months. My brother was not a practicing Catholic and often had arguments with my parents about the Church. When it came time to plan his funeral, his wife (a non-practicing Protestant) made arrangements through the pastor who married them at a Protestant church. I know this was my brother’s wish.
My parents did not attend and said their priest told them they should not have. I am so upset about this situation and I need to know if what they did was considered okay. I attended along with my family, but my only sister and parents did not. They have not spoken with my sister-in-law since and have cut ties with all of us. I find it hard to believe a priest would have actually told them NOT to attend their own son’s service, even if it wasn’t Catholic. Can you advise?