I am stunned at how few people apparently /got/ what this strip was actually about. Loathe to remind you all, but there ARE innumerable bosses who display just this level of insensitivity as though there was some school or training course they all attended to dislodge any last remnant compassion in their stony, cold hearts.
In fact, my first boss told me that, yes, I should feel free to attend the funeral of my Grandfather to whom I was very close, in fact, take the whole day. And don't worry, he'd work out the pay deduction for taking the whole day off, I shouldn't worry about the administration.
THIS is what Scott is excoriating, not making some joke at the expense of the bereaved. How little folks must think of him to think this! Alternatively, I s'pose 50% of Dilbert readers are mourning.
I have a friend that worked for a German automotive company, they flew him to Germany for his first week of training, halfway through the week his mom died and he went home for the funeral. They fired him for having his priorities misplaced and not finishing the week of training