Are my girls too young to go to their grandfather's funeral?

DEAR DEIDRE: MY daughters want to go to my dad’s funeral but I think they are too young.

They’re 11 and nine and were very close to my father.

We’ve never lost anyone before and they knew he was ill for a long time.


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He had cancer so we’ve had a difficult time, especially with Covid and him having treatment on his own.

Now the restrictions are lifted, we can have more people to the funeral than we had originally thought.

Part of me thinks they would have a better understanding of what happens when you die but I’m worried they will get upset if they see people crying.

DEIDRE SAYS: I’m sorry to hear about your father.

Your children will take the lead from you and if you explain what will happen at the funeral, they will know what to expect.

Find a close relative or friend they can go outside with if they want to.

There is no reason why they can’t celebrate your dad’s life with you and they will bring some light relief on an otherwise sad day.

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