Ok, I have been doing this (travel journalism) a long time but, just as there are some places I have never visited, there are (pause to compose myself) some things I don't know about (gasps from audience).
This is one of them.
I didn't know that many airlines have 'compassion/bereavement' fare rates.
Seems obvious that they should.....now. But I guess I'm lucky in that I've never encountered it.
Some airlines are up-front and organised about it, like Continental. For most it is more of a POA thing (Price on Application).
Anyway, I learned about it from Mark Ashley's post here.
Obviously you'll already know about it, but I thought I'd pass it on, just in case...