His Daughter Told Him Not to Bring a Rabbit to Her Stepdad’s Funeral, but He Did It Anyway and Now She Won’t Talk to Him.

A dad recently asked if he was wrong to let his 9-year-old stepdaughter bring a rabbit to a funeral even though he knew his biological daughter didn’t want her to. Here’s what he had to say.

His Daughter’s Stepdad Passed

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The man has a 17-year-old daughter called Isa. Her stepdad recently died, and the entire family was invited to the funeral. “I felt terrible because I knew while they weren’t super close, he’d been in her life since she was 5, so I knew it must’ve hit hard”, he said.

His Stepdaughter Has a Condition

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The man’s 9-year-old stepdaughter, Ava, would also attend the service. But there’s a problem. Ava suffers from social anxiety. “She’s homeschooled because of it and has difficulty going out. She’s in therapy and has an emotional support rabbit named Luna.”

His Daughter Thinks It’s a Bad Idea

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Since the funeral would be pretty crowded, the girl’s parents decided to let her bring Luna to the funeral to help calm her nerves and provide some comfort. However, his 17-year-old daughter had a real issue with it. 

No Pets Are Allowed

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“She quickly told me she didn’t think it was a good idea,” he said, and that pets were not allowed at this particular cemetery.

He Tried to Convince Her

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“I told her this was a rabbit; what harm could it do? Besides, there was a genuine medical reason for bringing the rabbit.” The daughter then Googled the cemetery and showed her dad that “only service animals were allowed to come.”

The Dad Decided to Bring the Rabbit

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Even so, the dad insisted that Ava bring the rabbit, and if any issues arose, they would just leave. “She begged me not to, saying her stepdad’s death was already hard enough on her mom, and she didn’t want any drama to make it worse. I told her I’d think about it and keep that in mind”, the dad explained.

His Stepdaughter Needed It

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He did give it some thought, but he was also sensitive to the needs of his stepdaughter, who needed emotional support. “She wouldn’t make it through the funeral if she didn’t have the rabbit,” he said, and really, he didn’t know what else to do.

The Daughter Gets Upset

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So Isa drove to the funeral with her mom while his family drove together separately with the rabbit in tow. Isa and her mom were waiting for them at the entrance. When Isa saw the rabbit, “she freaked out and started yelling that she told me not to bring it,” the dad said.

The Man Tried to Explain

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He explained why they brought the rabbit, but then his daughter screamed that he should have left his stepdaughter at home. This caused the little girl to cry. “I felt bad because I know she was already dreading the social interaction, so hearing her sister say that must’ve hurt her badly.” 

He Left and They Haven’t Spoken

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His wife then put her crying daughter in the car, and they were told to leave by Isa’s mom. “No kind words were spoken by either party,” the dad explained. The dad feels terrible about the situation, and Isa has not been in contact since the funeral.

He Asked For Advice

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One user said, “YTA. Since when did this funeral become about you and a rabbit? You were told explicitly not to bring animals, but you went ahead and decided to disrespect a grieving family’s wishes on probably one of the hardest days of their lives and did it anyway.”

Another wrote, “And “emotional support animals” are pets. Just pets. You were putting Ava’s needs ahead of Isa’s. Which is even more appalling as Ava (and you) had no connection to the deceased when Isa did.”

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