Parents of young children often ask our funeral directors:
  • Should my child attend the funeral?
  • I have been so busy, I just haven't had time to talk to the children. What do I say?
  • How do I explain this whole funeral thing?

The days surrounding a death can be a confusing and disorienting time for young children. Altered daily routines and unfamiliar sights and sounds can be difficult for them to understand and cope with. Children notice even the most subtle changes in their routines and surroundings.

Providing children with the opportunity to hear the words of the funeral process, to express feelings and concerns in a creative art activity, and to write a STAR message to their loved one who has died can give them a sense of power over this new experience and help allay fears about what the funeral is all about.

The STAR Class is a sensitive, caring approach to helping kids understand the visitation, funeral or memorial service through stories, pictures, discussion, a craft activity, and a STAR message. The STAR Class contains words and images that are not usually a part of everyday conversation for children or adults.

We proudly offer The STAR Class at no charge to our families. Visit The STAR Class website, or contact us to learn more about this program.