Should You Make Your Children Attend a Funeral?

Funeral Home San Mateo

Visiting a funeral home for a wake and going to a house of worship for a funeral service do not have to be frightening events for children. Attending a funeral with your children helps them to develop empathy and to understand the importance of giving support to others in their time of grief. However, children should never be forced to attend a funeral if they do not feel comfortable doing so.

Ahead of the funeral ceremony, sit down with your child and use age-appropriate language to describe what will happen during the service. Explain whether there will be an open or closed casket and what these terms mean. Discuss appropriate behavior during the funeral service. For example, your child must remain quiet and at your side during the service. Then, ask your child if he or she feels comfortable attending the ceremony. Reassure him or her that you don’t mind if your child would rather not attend.

For more than 50 years, Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has provided gracious funeral services and burial plots in San Mateo. Families can reach us at (650) 349-4411.

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