Me: Did you know that Aunt Vera died?
Dad: Oh, did I forget to tell you that?
This sounds awful, really it does, but it's not like it's the first time. Several years ago I had this conversation with my mother:
Mom: Well, you know, when your [Great] Aunt Nina was alive...
Me: Aunt Nina's dead?
And to be fair, it's not just my parents. My dad once had this conversation with his father (now deceased.)
Grandpa: Well, we just got back from Iowa.
Dad: Why were you in Iowa?
Grandpa: The funeral was very nice.
Grandpa: The flowers you sent were lovely.
My aunt had sent flowers in the name of all the "kids" and had forgotten to tell a few people...