I mentioned in my cranky-coworker thread that my cranky co-worker's mother passed away over the holidays. Now, I wasn't directly told this; I actually unintentionally overheard it. I wasn't sure if thins was common knowledge or not at all, so after thinking it over I decided not to say anything to anyone. I figured since I didn't know if this news was meant for general consumption or not, I should just keep it to myself until I found out otherwise.
A few days after I found out, Bossman told my assistant, M, about it. Afterward, I confessed to M that I'd overheard the news a few days previously. (I think this may have been my mistake.) M was annoyed that I hadn't told her; we knew CCW's mother was unwell, but M had been unaware she'd passed away during the holidays and so her annoyance with me was based on "But what if I'd asked about her mom's health while we were outside taking a smoke break? I would have felt awful for not knowing and saying the wrong thing!"
I totally get her reasoning and I don't think she's wrong. But, I also feel that my reasoning, which was "I don't know if everyone knows this or not and I don't want to gossip, especially about something this big. It's none of my business." is also legitimate. I'm not sure there is a "right" thing I could have done, is there? Or is this just one of those times where nobody's really "right", but nobody is really "wrong", either?