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Is It Better To Travel Far To Funeral Or Not Attend If Others Understand
Discuss with family: Atending a funeral from out of town is both a personal and family decision. Discuss this with your family to help you make a decision. ...Read more
Yes: Well, it depends on the age of the child and whether they were close to the grandparent. If they didn't really know them, or are very young (too young to really understand) then no. However, children are oddly very accepting of life rituals, and they help the child come to grips with major life changes and move on. Be ready for a lot of questions though, and be honest. ...Read more
It depends: This can be difficult for many. Funerals are a time to come together, and remember the person who has died. F you cannot be there, you miss out on this shared interaction -- which usually includes more than the funeral ceremony alone. Lots of time to be with family, for good or bad -- as everyone may not be at their best. Only you can decide what's best for you, and express it to your family. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: A spouse with alzheimer's disease should be able to attend the funeral of his or her spouse, unless there is concern for the safety of the living spouse or others due to extremely agitated, combative behavior. Other relatives & loved ones can help the surviving spouse feel supported & comfortable w/ the surroundings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should a 2/3 year old see his mother's dead body at her funeral to help understand better or would that do more harm than good ?
Possibly: Even 2-3 yo will have a concept of death, be it crude, and a brief viewing may help prevent issues of abandonment later. A close family member or friend that can focus on reading the reaction of the kid and leaving quickly if needed helps.Those dealing with their own grief may be less able to assist the kid.A funeral would be too much at this age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discuss: Discuss with your loved ones.Get a more detailed answer ›
He was dead: And maybe he was treated be the mortician. ...Read more
My friend and I were wondering if you think it is ok for children to go to funerals. If so, what age?
Yes: I see no problem with children attending funerals. If they are "too" small (2-4), they may just end up having "good" time at the funeral. If they are older, they may not necessarily understand what's going on, but, at least, might just stand silently. I actually believe that children must see both sides of life, not just the bright one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it better for the family to have funeral right away or to wait for months till everyone is home if cremation?
Cremation funeral: This is a personal choice, but if you postpone cremation for months the funeral parlour will charge you for keeping the body from decomposing. ...Read more
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