Saying goodbye to a loved one who has died is never easy, but experts agree that children should be given the choice to attend the funeral and participate in the memorialization process, in ways that feel meaningful and important to them.
Here is an easy-to-read guide to help parents and caregivers talk to children about funerals. The guide discusses:
- Death and funerals
- Youth involvement in memorialization
- Preparing youth for funeral attendance
- Preparing youth for viewing loved ones
Take five minutes to watch the video below to see how several children faced the loss of a loved one and how their participation in the memorialization process helped with the healing process.
Life Lessons Children Can Learn at Funerals Death and funerals are an inescapable part of life. It’s hard to know what to do when our children encounter death for the first time. As much as we would like to protect them from pain and distress, we can’t. But we can teach them how to process death and cope with grief in healthy ways.