Joey's Dad passed away last summer I believe?
I agree that a person's well-being (physical, mental, and emotional) is far more important than any stupid game.
That's why they should let him take as much time as he needs, without pay.
Brett Favre lost his father and then came out and threw for almost 400 yards. Life is pain...anyone who tells you differently is selling something.
If he is missing time because of losing his Dad at this point, then they need to take away the paychecks. Think about it. What if you called your employer Monday and told him you "won't be in to work for the next month or so because your Dad died last summer."
Maybe you have a special employer like Votto does that would pay you whether you worked or not, but for most of us "that dog would not hunt."
Suck it up, Joey. We all lose people we love. It is the cycle of life, and death is one of the few guarantees of life.
It sounds cold, but taking the paycheck away has a funny way of bringing people back to reality.