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Old January 16th, 2008, 22:12
Rachele Rachele is offline
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Most children don't really understand the true concept of death as permanent until the age of about 6 or 7. With respect to attending funerals, I think it depends on the child and don't forget that the child is also witnessing others crying or grieving and this can be a scary thing for them. You need to know the child first and if you want them to attend they need to know a little of what to expect. I chose not to have my 4 year old daughter attend the funeral because I took the cue from her. She was frightened just walking into the wake, nowhere near mom's casket but she was scared and and I sent her home with someone and chose for her not to attend the funeral but she did come to the repass dinner afterwards.
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