Should You Bring Your Child to a Public Viewing?
During a viewing, the body of the deceased individual is present and visible. When planning a visit to funeral home following the death of a friend or family member, it’s common for parents to wonder if it is appropriate to allow children to attend a public viewing.
According to many experts, you should feel comfortable bringing your kids to a viewing if you expect them to remain well-behaved. If you have children who are under age 2, then consider leaving them with a babysitter. Also, parents need to make a judgment call about whether their kids are mature enough to attend a funeral and viewing. Consider asking your child whether he or she would like to attend, and then make a decision based on the conversation that follows.
At Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, our funeral home offers grief counseling services and resources for funeral planning in Oakland. Please call (510) 654-0123 to learn more.