Should Your Child Attend the Funeral?

By: Graeme Hogle
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

It isn't uncommon for many parents to shield their children from various realities of life. This is also why many parents do not discuss anything related to death with very young children. Their main concern here is that the child would get scared or concerned about the concept of death.

However, many therapists believe that it is best to be forthright with children and make sure that they understand what the concept of death is all about. This will help them be better adjusted and not get shocked by it if they ever have to deal with the passing of a loved one in the future.

Here are some points to keep in mind:

  • While it is easy to believe that discussing death can be very traumatizing to a child, if you explain the concept to them in the proper manner, it will help them have a better understanding of it.
  • Keep in mind that your child can also feel loss and grief with the same level of intensity that you do. If your kid is old enough, you can consider taking them to the funeral service with you. Discuss with your child to determine whether he or she is ready.
  • If you feel that your child is excessively active and that they might disrupt the funeral service, do not to bring them to the event.
  • Never force your choices on your child and understand whether they are willing to accompany you to the funeral service before you tag them along with you.
  • It's also necessary that you explain to them the etiquette that needs to be followed and that they need to be respectful if they are going to attend the funeral.

If you would like information on our cremation services, get in touch with us at The CremationCare Centre. You can call us at 416-255-0035 or reach out online anytime.

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