My son arrived at GL yesterday at 11P.M. At 11:45 P.M. my mother (his grandmother) died. I got his "I'm here" phone call at 12:45 A.M. I didn't cry or tell him his grandma had died. She was 94 years old and was home with hospice the week before he left. He had said he didn't want to know while he was at boot camp because he didn't want to have to go backwards and start over again. Does anyone know if this is the case? I respect him and I won't tell him, but then what happens at PIR? "Oh congratulations and Grandma did die the day you started boot camp" That will be horrible for what should be the happiest day of his life. I know I can call Red Cross and they can have a chaplain talk to him, but will that distract him too much. Do I respect his wishes and not tell him at all during boot camp. Do I call and find out what the procedure is? Do I wait until PIR and not tell him until after he has Liberty so he can cry on his days off before he goes to A School. Need some advice. I am conflicted, sad, overwhelmed and I miss my son more because I feel so sad about my mom.
CryptoDad you made me feel bad. I am overwhelmed and need help from someone who may know. I am not saying that I am going to call and have him come home for the funeral. I don't hide things from my son. He knows I am on NavyMoms and I value this website and topics are discussed in confidence. He would want me to seek advice if that is what I thought I needed and if it would be supportive and help me through this sad moment.
I am sorry for your loss. You know your recruit and you know what his wishes are. Many have had to face this situation over the years and some have waited and some have called the Red Cross--DON'T tell him in a letter or on the phone without having made contact with him through the Red Cross. There are recruits who have been emotional wrecks by that kind of news and could not keep their minds on what they needed to do and ended up moved back a week or two (or worse).
One thing you must keep in mind is have you informed EVERYONE who may write him or receive a call from him of his wishes not to be informed. If there is even a chance that someone would tell him, then contact the Red Cross and he will be notified and will have the support that he needs when the news is given and afterwards and he will most likely be able to call you.
If you can be assured that EVERYONE will keep this news from him, then you can wait until PIR. If you do wait, then you can tell him that news at the hotel sometime in the afternoon. I wouldn't wait until you are at the airport nor share right before he is returning to the RTC for muster nor immediately after PIR, but that is just my thoughts.
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Don't tell him. Wait until after PIR. I would write a letter to anyone and everyone with his address and ask them to honor your son's request. I would go further and tell them all you'll never forgive whoever says a word and he/she/they will be banished from your life and your sailor's life in the future forever. Who would need friends/family who would do that anyway?
Do think about yourself. Think only about what your recruit needs. So sorry for your loss. My own mother has been gone since 1972. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her.