Tips for Preparing Children to Visit a Cemetery
Parents are often concerned about introducing children to the concept of death and bringing them to funerals and cemetery services. If you’re planning to take your child to a cemetery, then continue reading for tips on preparing him or her for the visit.
Answer Questions Honestly
If your child hasn’t lost a family member or pet in the past, then this cemetery visit may be his introduction to death and leave him with many questions. While you may be tempted to sugarcoat your answers or change the topic, helping your child to develop a healthy understanding of death now may benefit him in the future. Answer his questions honestly and in an age-appropriate way to ready him for the cemetery visit.
Provide Visit Details
Often, anxiety stems from the unknown, and this goes for children as well. If you’re worried that your child is nervous about the cemetery visit, then provide him with plenty of details. Let him know who else will be there, what will happen during the visit, and what day and time you plan to go. Also, informing your child of the reasons for going, instead of just telling him that you will be visiting a cemetery together, may ease his fears. You can explain that the outing will allow you both to say goodbye to, express grief for, and show your love of the deceased.
Plan 2 Trips
If you’re visiting a cemetery for a funeral service and you want to prepare your child for the experience, then consider planning an additional trip before the ceremony. By going together with just your immediate family, you can give your child a chance to see and experience the cemetery without the added stress of wearing formal clothing and meeting new people. Then, let him know that your next visit will be a coming together of friends and family to say goodbye to a loved one who has passed on.
At Inglewood Park Cemetery we offer cemetery, cremation, and memorialization services. To learn more about our cemetery serving the Los Angeles area, please give us a call at (310) 412-6500.