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Mommy Dearest: Should I Bring My Son to a Memorial?

Mommy Dearest,

My husband and I are debating whether or not we should bring our five-year-old son to a memorial for a family friend. The gentleman passed away last year and since our child was close with him and we have to travel for the event, we are leaning towards bringing him. Do you think he's at an okay age to deal with death?

— Should I Bring My Son to Memorial

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Should I Bring My Son to Memorial,

Most memorials I have attended have been celebrations of life and appropriate for children. At four-years-old, my daughter has been to a few family members' funerals. Though I initially took her out of necessity because it was hard to find a babysitter as our relatives were all attending the services, I am glad I did. She seems to understand that death is part of life and copes with it in her own way. My grandfather passed away last year and she often talks about him — telling stories and how sometimes she looks up to the clouds and can see him.

— Mommy Dearest

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