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Should Your Child Attend The Funeral Service?

Published: April 3, 2023
by Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel
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When someone you know passes on, there are a lot of emotions that will come to the surface. Seattle, WA funeral homes will welcome children and adults alike to the funeral service, but you have to decide if you should take your child or not. There are many circumstances to think about. Here are a few details that can help you answer that question.

Yes, If Your Child Is Old Enough

“Old enough” is a relative term and you are going to have to decide whether or not your child is old enough. Old enough, to you, might be a child that can sit still. Or, it might be a child that is mature enough to understand what is going on. If you feel like your child is ‘old enough’ by your standards, then you might be able to bring them to the funeral without concern.

Yes, If Your Child Is Young Enough

You could also bring your child to the funeral with peace of mind if they are young enough. If you have a baby, for example, yes, they could cry, but they will behave as expected for their age and you can always step out. You don’t have to entertain them as you might an older child. They may even sleep through the whole service and not be a bother at all.

No, If You Feel Your Child Can’t Behave Well

Children are unique individuals and as the parent, you know your child more than anyone else. You know how they behave in situations where they are told to sit still and act in a certain way. Can they handle it? If so, you can bring them. If your child is known for having a short attention span, is often loud when they are supposed to be quiet, or if you know they will more than likely act up and be impatient at some point, it’s a good idea to leave them with a friend or family member.

No, If Your Child Is Opposed To Going

If your child is old enough to voice their opinion, you can talk to them about whether or not they want to go to the service. If they didn’t know the person, like if it was a friend of yours, they may not feel the need to go and don’t need to be dragged along. They may not need the closure and leaving them behind makes sense. 

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Yes, If Your Child Can Sit Still

You might take your child to church every week, and they sit still nicely during that service. Or, they are often sitting in the corner reading nicely. You know they can sit still, so they are perfectly find to come to a funeral.

Yes, If You Feel They Need To Go

Whether your child fits anything above or not, you might feel they should go. It might be a close family member that died, like a grandparent, for example. They might need closure and the chance to say goodbye at Seattle, WA funeral homes.

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