What about Children
Spending time with someone who has died is just as important for children and teenagers as it is for adults. In many cultures children, commonly play around the open casket when somebody dies and therefore feel more comfortable about death as a result.
Younger children are usually very accepting and curious about a person who has died. Seeing the person helps them to understand and realise that death is final. This also makes it easier for them to cope with the death process.
What do they need to know
Older children and teenagers are often uncomfortable being with a person who has died if the adults around them seem to be uneasy. If viewing someone who has died is a new experience for you, it is often best that you do so alone first and then bring your children in when you are ready.
It's very important that they are well prepared, know what they will see and what is expected of them. Give them time to get used to the situation and don't force them to do things like kissing the person if they don't feel comfortable about doing it. Encourage them to ask you questions that may puzzle or worry them, or seek help from The Lychway team if you don't know all the answers. Children also often like to draw a picture or write a letter to put in the casket when they spend time with someone who has died.
Our Unique Service
We at The Lychway are privileged to have working with us Jewel Griggs, wife of the late Colin Griggs who was a grandson of the founder of our business.
Jewel, a hairdresser for over 40 years, is available to work alongside you and your family to ensure your loved one is looking their best for the viewing. She can help you decide what clothes to dress your loved one in, how their hair can be done and also the makeup. As a consultant, Jewel prides herself on going the extra mile for the family.