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How to talk to my minor children about funeral planning

Published: July 6, 2022

Often as a parent, it can be very difficult talking to a child about death. This is especially true when the child is a minor. 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a life threatening disease, presenting this information to your minor children can be heartbreaking. Depending on the age of your child, they may not understand what death is or even what a disease is. 

 Tips on talking to your child

Ask a doctor for help for ideas on how to present your specific illness

Use accessible examples

Stay factual 

Identify your illness, such as "lung cancer" or  "ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)" vs "a booboo" or "feeling icky"

Remind your child they are not responsible

 Let them know they can ask questions 

Tips on bringing a child to pre-arrangement

Tell your funeral provider that your child or children will be attending

Explain where you are going 

Bring engaging activities such as coloring or quiet books

Bring snacks and a drink just in case

Provide space for them to ask their questions

During this overwhelming time, every day activities can be difficult. Tasks such as talking to your child about death can be hard to even think about. We hope these tips have helped start the process. 

 
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