Planning the Funeral of a Child: 4 Things to Consider


This article provides a few tips and considerations for planning a funeral for a child. Funerals are never easy, but they can be more difficult when the person who died is young. You're likely to have many questions and may not know where to begin when it comes to making funeral arrangements for your child. The following points may serve as a guide during this difficult time, and hopefully, you will find some comfort in the suggestions provided below.

When planning a funeral for a child, you will need to consider the following.

Funeral clothes

Think about the clothing your child will wear at their funeral. You may wish to dress your child in something that they wore often, such as a favourite outfit with a significant design (such as images from your child's favourite book), or you may want to look through your child's drawers and closets to find an outfit that you know was important and meaningful to them.

Viewing the body

Consider whether you want to allow people to view your child's body. You may choose not to have your child's body viewed by those attending their funeral. This decision is entirely up to you and those who were close to your child. It can be comforting for some parents, however, knowing that their child was well-loved and appreciated during their life and that they will be remembered as such after death as well. You should keep in mind that some people may be distressed by the sight of the body.

The wake

Whether or not to have a wake preceding or after the funeral itself is a difficult decision. Some families choose to hold a wake prior to the funeral, in which they gather at the home of the child with loved ones and friends, and some may choose to hold a wake immediately following the funeral. Both of these options can be comforting for grieving families who wish to mourn in some type of group setting with their loved ones.


Decide whether to hire a hearse and/or limousine service. Perhaps you want your child to be taken away from the funeral home in style. There are no set rules when it comes to choosing a vehicle for the purpose of transporting the body, so you may wish to decorate the car with their favourite cartoon characters to brighten up what will no doubt be a very sad occasion.

For more info, contact a funeral director today.


23 June 2021

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