It is common for a parent or caregiver to be concerned about how a child may understand death and all that surrounds a loss. It is important to know that children do feel the death of a loved one and they should not be left out of such an important life event. We often get asked, “Should we bring our child to the funeral?” And the answer is YES. It is absolutely appropriate for youth to attend funerals.
Sooner is often better when telling your child about the death of a loved one. The child will most likely remember how and when they were told, so sensitivity and your knowledge of the childs demeanor should be taken into consideration when to begin the conversation.
Being a role model for your child helps them navigate on their own moving forward. It may feel uncomfortable, however the more open and honest you are about this natural life event, the more normal and less scary the experience will become. It is also important to use clear and concise language when have conversations about death with children, so it doesn’t cause confusion.
For additional information, watch the video on our website, or download the Youth and Funerals brochure at www.Reeves-Baskerville.com
Reeves and Baskerville Funeral Homes have locations throughout Grundy County and in Will County. We have been honored with the Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction; nationally with the Pursuit of Excellence, and locally as Best Funeral Services by the Reader’s Choice Awards.