at what age should a child attend a funeral?

At What Age Should a Child Attend a Funeral?

A mom writes in asking for advice wondering what is an appropriate age to start taking children to funerals. What are your thoughts?

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A member of the community asks:

“What age [do you] think would be appropriate for a child to attend a funeral?”

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Community Advice for This Mom Who Is Unsure What Age Children Should Start Attending a Funeral

To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.

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Here is what some people had to say to this curious mom. One commenter wrote, “Depends on the child’s relationship with the person. My first funeral, I was 4, and it was my paternal grandmother’s. My nephew came to my grandfather’s funeral in 2008, and he was around 4 or 6 (foggy time for me) but he knew him and was as close as a child could get to their great-grandparent. My best friend lost her father suddenly back in March, my daughter was 4 at the time and he was like a father to me but my daughter didn’t go because unfortunately she never got to have a relationship with him, and she wouldn’t fully understand what was happening anyway so there was no point in bringing her and possibly upsetting her over someone she didn’t know.”

Another person wrote, “I’ve attended so many funerals for family members and friends through the years. I took both my sons to every one, since they were babies. I taught them you’re not always here for a lifetime. You can be gone in a blink of an eye.”

And one mom added, “I have taken both of my oldest children to viewings and funerals since they were very young. My youngest is 4 months. Unfortunately, death is part of life and I don’t see why they should be sheltered from this.”

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