Have you seen or heard about this?
I had something similar happen. I got a call from my aunt telling me that my grandmother was dying and she asked for me so I took the Amtrak bus down to Palmdale, CA and spent a week with my family until my grandmother passed away. After she passed away I checked my email and this friend of mine had sent me a few emails just yelling at me for ignoring her.
I emailed her before I left telling her that I was going to be gone for a week and she thought I would have internet access where I was going. My aunt had dial-up and it’s not cool to go to someones house and tie their phone line up so I just didn’t read email at all. I had my cell phone on the whole time and I would talk to Darrin which was the most important person I needed to talk to, nobody else.
So I told her that I was visiting my aunts and that my grandmother had just died. I think she sent me 2-4 emails and was basically very cross with me in all of them for ignoring her lol. She ended the friendship but when I finally emailed her and told her what happened she was sorry for saying all of those things. We’re still friends but it took a long time for her to realize that I wasn’t going away and she would have to just deal with it lol.