The time I need off to go back East for my great-aunt's memorial... I was told 'just take the time off, it won't count against pay or your vacation hours'. Plus, one of the managers has seen how exhausted we are, and is bringing his sailboat down for the team to go out on for part of the afternoon if we want, to chill out a bit and just relax.
This reminds me why I do work where I do. Even if the politics of the projects shift frustratingly, there is a genuine desire to work things out (even if a disagreement on what the end goal should look like!), and the company is concerned with people as individuals instead of just faceless resources.