My uncle passed away yesterday. He has been ill for a while and it wasn't a surprise. I want to go to the funeral, as a sign of respect and possibly to be helpful.
Times like these make me very happy that we aren't living paycheck-to-paycheck. It is going to cost a bit of money to get there, stay, and have someone watch the kids. I think it would be very sad if I couldn't go because we couldn't afford it. There have certainly been times in our life when this would have been an expense that would end up on our credit card, probably for a very long time.
Yet another reason I'm thankful that we've built up an emergency fund.