Funeral Attendance

This module provides practical advice on funeral attendance by children and implications for relevant school policies. Parents often notify schools immediately after the death of a family member and before the funeral occurs. As such, school personnel may be the only professionals who have the opportunity to provide advice to these parents about the benefit of their children’s funeral participation after a death, as well as how to prepare and support children through the experience. It is therefore important that school personnel develop some comfort in providing this advice, or referring families to others in the school that can provide such advice in a timely manner.

View the video by chapters:

The importance of funeral attendance by school personnel

The benefits of peer support and supportive school policies around funerals

Advising families on their child’s involvement in funerals

For more information on supporting grieving children, refer to The Grieving Student: A Teacher’s Guide by David Schonfeld and Marcia Quackenbush.