Should children go to a funeral?

Answer: Every child is different. Children will grieve a death but it is often misinterpreted as being ‘cranky’ or ‘moody’. The best way to deal with children surrounding a death is to be very open and honest with them. Even if they don’t fully understand the implications of death, it is best to explain it to them. Terms like ‘gone away’ or ‘went to sleep’ can create a misunderstanding, and even fear, of going away or to sleep because they may not come back, like the deceased did. Often people try to shield their children from death but it is often much more important for them to experience the same things as adults so that they can be involved with the family, rather than excluded from such an important event. There is nothing that occurs at a funeral that would be inappropriate for children to experience. For more information on this topic, please visit our website.