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A book launch on funerals
A funeral can be a very daunting event for a child and I believe that at a certain age, children should be given a choice if they want to attend or not. I think very young children should not be taken to a funeral.
Funerals can be difficult even for an adult and they are often a very important family ritual. When they are done well, they can be highly therapeutic events, however, the same does not apply to children who do not always understand the real meaning of death.
Funerals do however reinforce the reality of the death which can often be very important for a child. Each case is different and therefore it is most important to take each case on its own merits and each child is different.
Funerals can be a means of support, however, this is mainly for adults. They can validate grief and allow memories of the deceased. A child, however, does not necessarily think about these things in the same way that an adult does.
The Present Box is a book that follows the story of a young child who experiences the death of someone they love. Across many stages of grief and loss, the child eventually comes to terms with the idea of death and prepares for the goodbye day – the funeral.
It is written in simple language and has charming illustrations by the author Michelle Parson's 6-year-old niece Ellie. This book is sure to become a very helpful one in educating children about death and funerals.