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Should children attend a funeral?

All parents want to protect their children from the harsh realities of life like death and funerals. Many hesitate to discuss such topics with their kids, worrying that they might scare them.

However many experts and counselors believe that there is no reason to keep this from them. Many find it inappropriate to bring kids (under the age of 12) to a funeral service, mainly because they might cause a disruption. Here are a few facts that will help you make the right decision:

1. Children Understand Death

Many people believe that death is a traumatizing aspect of life and that children are not capable of understanding it. However, experts disagree with this completely. They believe that with the right guidance kids can process this loss in a healthy manner. Keep Reading

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Having “the talk” about end-of-life

An end-of-life conversation with your loved ones in important to ensure you gather all their wishes and desires to hold a memorial that honors them and celebrates their life. Having this conversation before they die may seem uncomfortable or upsetting to talk. Here are some reasons why it is beneficial to the both of you:

Why have the talk?

By finding out the details and specifics of the events they wish to have taken place on the day of their death and their funeral memorial, it can take away the stress of having to make decisions during a difficult time. At a time in your life when death occurs in the family or to a close friend, you are experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and you are beginning to grieve. If you are left with no direction or instructions as to what your loved one wants, having to guess may not fulfill that day the way it could have if there was some guidance left for you.

Peace of mind

If you are thinking you should have the talk but you don’t want to upset your loved ones by bringing the topic of death up, you can break it down into ways that are easier to discuss. Explain that this day is going to come at some point in the future and by having this talk you can have a peace of mind knowing that your family and friends are aware of everything you wish for. You want to spare them the difficult task of planning and organizing a funeral while they are in pain, helping to avoid prolonging their grieving process.

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