Should young children be permitted to attend funerals?

Death is a natural and inevitable part of life. Most experts agree that children should not be shielded from death. Parents should take into consideration the age of the child, his capability to understand what is happening, and the type of funeral service that will be held, and make a decision accordingly. If the parent believes the child is capable of handling the situation, then they may discuss the death itself and the meaning of the funeral ceremony in age-appropriate language. Patience and understanding from the parent is important. The child should always be allowed to ask questions and to grieve if needed.