If a loved one in your family passes on, and you decide that cremation services in Salix, PA are the best option, you may have a memorial service of some kind after that process is complete. Grieving is never easy, but it can be especially hard on children who may not have been through a death in the family before. Depending on your child, you might want to include them in the memorial service in some way so they can feel a part of things and get the closure and the final goodbye they need as well.
One thing you can do to include your child in the memorial is very simple. Just bring them to the service. If your child is old enough to sit through a service and you feel would behave well, they might benefit from being there. Children the age of 5 or 6 can understand loss and need to appreciate that a loved one is gone and won’t be coming back. Let them know what to expect before they attend and remind them that they can cry and be open about their emotions at that service.
You could include your child in a larger way as well, if you wish. You might have an older child light candles or smaller children hand out bulletins along with an adult. They could also show people to their seats. Some kids want to stand behind mom and dad and stay out of sight, but others like being helpful and more of the center of attention.
Children who are comfortable speaking in front of others could do a reading, play an instrument, or something else special that could be a nice way for them to honor the person who passed on. It can also be memorable for the guests to see someone who is a relative of the person who died. They will likely smile and be happy that the person’s DNA is being passed on in some way through the child.
Children have a way of bringing hope and smiles to memorial services, but that’s not a reason to bring or include your child. You need to do what’s best for them, whatever that ends up being. If you want to just bring them and sit in the back, do that. If you want them to pass out bulletins or welcome guests, they could be part of the service in that way. When you are working on cremation services in Salix, PA for a loved one, think of your child and what they need as well. There are a lot of moving parts to final services. You need to care for the loved one who passed away, and all of the other people in your life who cared about that person and are now grieving. The professionals at Simple Alternatives Funeral Home & Crematory can help you balance it all and will have suggestions for you as to how you might want to include your children in the process.