It can be a hard decision to figure out whether or not you should bring your child to funeral homes in Baltimore, MD when you are going to attend final services. But if you decide they are going to come along with you, there’s advice you should take in order to get through the service with as much grace as possible and without disturbing others.
Feed Your Child
Children get hungry frequently and the last thing you want is for them to start to complain about hunger (loudly) in the middle of the service. Make sure your child has a good meal before the service. There will likely be food at the reception after as well. If you are worried that they will really need something between, pack a light, mess-free, noise-free snack.
Prepare To Leave Early
When you have a child in tow, you never know what’s going to happen. But you might have to leave early so be ready for that. If your child gets anxious and won’t stop making noise, you need to take them out of the room. Sit near the back so you can sneak out without disturbing others. If your child knows the person who passed, they might be emotional, and the service could end up being too much for them. Prepare your mind for any of that to happen.
Talk To Your Child
There’s no reasoning with a baby or a toddler, but if your child is old enough to understand, have a talk with them before the service. Make sure they know what will be happening and that they need to be nice and quiet during the proceedings. If they know what to expect and what you expect of them, they are a lot more likely to go along with things well. This is also a good time to answer any questions they might have. Kids often have questions upon questions when it comes to death and final services. Give them your full attention and your time before you attend so they can get all those out in the open.
Again, depending on the age of your child, you will want to take quiet things for them to do so they don’t get bored and disrupt the service. While you don’t want them watching movies on an iPad, you can take some coloring books and crayons and other quiet things they can do for a bit if the service gets to be too long for their attention span.
It can be a lot to take a child to funeral homes in Baltimore, MD, but there are certain things you can do to make it work. If you want more advice on bringing kids with you to a final service, the professionals at Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. are certainly willing to help. We welcome children and we have seen many come through. Call us at (410) 327-3100 with questions or visit us in person at 5126 Belair Rd Baltimore MD, 21206.