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Reddit user train_to_yuma took to the website to share how hard it was for her when her grandfather’s physical condition deteriorated. The user claimed that her father left when she was just seven-years-old, followed by her mother dying at age 11 – resulting in her beloved granddad taking her in and supporting her despite mourning his wife and daughter at the time.
As his condition worsened over the last few years of his life, he assured his granddaughter that he would “see her through ’til 21,” a promise which he managed to keep.
The user said: “When he died, I didn’t shed a tear. It’s hard for me to explain why, but he was still giving sass on his deathbed, and pinched my arm and told me to not cry because he wasn’t crying.
“After I left, I received a text from my aunt later that evening that she was disappointed at me for not being visibly mournful and apparently him telling me not to was a very poor response. I ignored this, since we were all grieving.”
After the woman returned home from the hospital, she found empty shelves in her home, pieces of furniture missing and photos taken from the walls.
She confronted her aunt, which resulted in a big argument and her returning most of what was taken.
The user added: “Maybe she didn’t think I’d notice, but not only had she taken both my granddad’s and his dad’s service medals, she had sold them as well. Luckily, I found the selling post on Facebook quickly enough and the man who bought them was happy to return them to me.”
Despite her fury, the woman elected not to bring this up as she is an “extremely mellow person” – though this changed when the situation escalated further.
She said: “She told others how selfish I was for not letting her take any of his belongings, and how she thought I pushed him into signing his house over to me.”
“I was soon invited to sit among a table of some of his old friends, at which my aunt was sat too. I tried to not pay her any mind, but the conversation soon devolved and she slipped up and told the table that I hadn’t even let her take a single medal.
“I lost myself at this, and erupted into a slurry of profanities. My aunt immediately starts crying, and I seize the moment to call her out on her selling the medals in the first place.
“I’m not sorry for the things I said to my aunt, but I’m deeply ashamed of my behaviour given the setting. Some people have approached me offering support, to which I have not replied, but I have this immense feeling of guilt in my stomach that I can’t shake.”
Sharing her story on Reddit’s “AITA” thread (standing for “am I the a**hole”), the woman wanted to see what people uninvolved in the situation thought of what had happened.
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She said: “I know for sure that I overreacted, but AITA? Should I apologise to each attendee individually? I’m in a terrible way at the moment and my mind is all over the place. I feel like I need someone from the outside to tell me what to do.”
One user said: “NTA [not the a**hole]. She clearly did not respect you or your grandfathers wishes. Though I suggest apologising to the attendees, this was personal family drama that should have been said elsewhere.”
Another added: “NTA. I think you had just reached the end of your rope and snapped. I don’t blame you. Grief and stress can do a number on anybody and her prior behaviour was unbelievable and beyond. (I really can’t even wrap my head around it tbh). I personally think she likely started crying because she was embarrassed at being found out and publicly called out for it.”
In response to the massive internet support, the original poster said: “Thank you so much everyone. This has been a huge help for me. I’ve spent some time writing a few thank you cards out to the guests, and will post them in the morning. Once everything is closed off regarding his will, I intend to never speak to my aunt again.”
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