For Consumers: Should Children Be Told

Guiding Children Through a Painful Event

IFDF Children

Many psychology experts support the position that a child should be told the truth. In certain cultures, children are NOT allowed to attend a funeral until reaching a defined age while in others children (if they know or had a relationship with the deceased) are EXPECTED to attend. Parents should be held to teach and guide a child through the death of a loved one which is the most painful and sorrowful event that any child or adult faces in our life cycle.

All the best advice a parent can have is to know your child and help in the emotional development (and loss) and guide them through the grief process. The funeral director is a valuable resource in offering available services and counseling outlets that may aide the family (and child) through the “pre-“, “at”, and “post” grief process.