When children don’t come to the funeral

Some families don’t feel able to bring young children to family funerals. When this happens, I ask if there is a family member or friend who might take a few photos – not of the ceremony, but of the coffin arriving at the church or crematorium, of the flowers and maybe of some of the people; that sort of thing. These photos can then go into the family album and, as the children get older, the family can talk about the funeral with them.


David Robertson, Vicar, South Ossett.