Parents have different approaches when it comes to taking their kids to a funeral. Some parents believe it is something that kids should face sooner rather than later to get used to them. Others want to protect their kids from this type of situation as long as possible. And neither is wrong. However, before making a final decision, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself.
Is Your Kid Old Enough?
Babies and toddlers can’t understand what is happening at a funeral. Bringing them can cause unnecessary distraction because it will be hard to make them act appropriately.
Is Your Kid Familiar With the Concept of Death?
If your kid is familiar with the concept of death and what it means, then bringing them to a funeral is okay. On the other hand, going to a funeral isn’t the best way to introduce it to them as it can be an overwhelming experience.
Was Your Kid Close With the Person That Died?
Even if they don’t understand the meaning of it now, your kid will be grateful to you when they grow up if you take them to the funeral of a close member of the family like grandfather or grandmother. But if the person who died wasn’t so close to your kid in any way, there is really no need to put them through the experience.
Does Your Kid Want to Go?
Don’t force your kid to accompany you to a funeral against their will. Explain to them everything they need to know and ask if they wish to go. It should be their decision.