Talking to Children About Cremation

Posted on June 13, 2022 by McCaleb Funeral Home under Cremation services
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Death and cremation are never easy subjects to talk about. So, it only makes sense that these types of topics would be even more uncomfortable to tackle when speaking about them with children. While it may be your natural instinct to want to try to protect your child, this is rarely ever helpful. If you are unsure about how to go about tackling the conversation of cremation with your child, we can help. Below, we’ve provided some useful tips and suggestions to keep in mind when speaking with your child. Our cremation service in Harlingen, TX is always affordable and highly recommended by all who walk through our doors. If you are interested to learn more about the services that we offer, feel free to give us a call or stop by for a visit. We look forward to speaking with you.

Ask What They Know

One of the first things you’ll want to do when broaching the subject of cremation to your child is to ask them what they know about the topic. Surprisingly, kids know a lot more than we give them credit for so it’s important to ask this question even if you are certain that they are unaware of cremation. Most likely, your child will have a general idea about death, but it is likely that they may not be familiar with cremation and the process. Once you’ve gained a general idea about what they already know about cremation services then it is time for you to move on in the conversation and go a little deeper.

General Rundown

This next step can make a lot of parents uncomfortable, but it is a necessary conversation that must be had. We recommend speaking to your child about what cremation is and what that means for their loved one. While it can be uncomfortable, it’s important to have these kinds of conversations as they are learning experiences and teach your child about what it means to pass on. Be sure to explain that your loved one is no longer alive, so the process does not inflict any pain whatsoever. While they may be initially shocked to hear about the details of cremation, reassuring them that their loved one is in no pain and is at peace can be comforting to them in this difficult moment.

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Encourage Questions

After you’ve thoroughly explained the process of cremation to your child, it is likely and expected that they will have many questions that they will want to be answered. This part is especially critical as rather than avoid uncomfortable questions, we recommend that you answer each question thoroughly and fully while being as honest and open as possible. If you’ve gotten this far in the process, then there really is no use in tiptoeing around the truth as your child may be able to sense that you are not being completely honest. Being as open as possible to answer their questions will reassure any worries or concerns that they may have.

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