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My friend and I were wondering if you think it is ok for children to go to funerals. If so, what age?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. James Ferguson
Verbaly capable children or grandchilren of the deceased or primary morners should attend if possible. By that age they have some concept of death & the service permits a form of closure.An adult attendent,separate from those dealing with intense grief, should be detailed to accompany each kid to answer questions or help them leave if they become uncomfortable.
2 doctors agree

In brief: If the loss was of..

..Someone close, there really is no lower limit.
A child who is old enough to feel the loss is also old enough to participate in family's mourning.

In brief: If the loss was of..

..Someone close, there really is no lower limit.
A child who is old enough to feel the loss is also old enough to participate in family's mourning.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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