Explaining Cremation to Your Child

Funeral Home San Mateo

Cremation services are frequently chosen by at-need and pre-need funeral planners. If your child is grieving a deceased loved one and the family has chosen cremation services, your child may have some questions about what this means. As with other topics concerning loss, it’s best to let the child guide the conversation. Only share as much information as your child wants, but do encourage him or her to openly express curiosity.

Using language that is appropriate for your child’s maturity level, you can explain that cremation is the process of burning a body to reduce it to ashes. Be sure that you emphasize that the decedent is no longer present within the body. Otherwise, a young child may become frightened. Similarly, young children may become confused or frightened with the use of euphemisms, rather than plain, simple language.

You’ll find respectful cremation services in San Mateo at Skylawn Memorial Park. When you’re ready to arrange a funeral, you can call us at (650) 349-4411.

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