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Sharon Hunter - September 2021

Myth: A funeral is not an appropriate place for children

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There are a number of meaningful and appropriate ways to involve children in a Great Goodbye. Readings and poems. A musical item. Decorating the casket.

As the day progresses, you’ll need a plan to keep the kids entertained, so that adults can continue to reflect and celebrate. You might deputise a few older children to be minders. You could set up an activities table with games, drawing materials and crafts. Is there somewhere for them to relax and watch a movie? Have parents bring along some beanbags.

In beach or bush setting, most children will happily busy themselves making things with sand, shells, and bark. Take a photo of them all together at the event. They can also take part in send-off rituals by blowing bubbles, letting off balloons or lighting sparklers.

"There are a number of meaningful and appropriate ways to involve children in a Great Goodbye."

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