It can sometimes be easy to overlook the contribution that children can and should be allowed to make during a memorial service. They might not be able to understand everything that’s going on, but they should be allowed to take part in rites of passage that honor the life of a dearly departed loved one. A Chaska, MN funeral home will be able to help you come up with ideas for how you can get children to take part. Here are some of the recommendations you’re bound to hear. But as you look to get kids involved, always consider their age and comfort level.
Hand Out Bulletins
You might be surprised at how willing children are to step up to the plate to help out. All you have to do is ask, give them guidelines, and help them should they require some assistance. They might not proactively ask you if they can help – but they might be surprisingly receptive if presented with an opportunity. One way you can get them involved is to allow them to hand out the bulletins or programs to attendees as they arrive at the venue. This will allow them to play a useful role rather than to just sit in a seat and watch the event unfold in front of them.
Meet, Greet, and Seat
Children are naturals when it comes to making the most of new opportunities presented to them. With the supervision of an adult, allow them to meet, great, and seat attendees at the memorial. They can shake hands, thank the attendees for coming, and help them to find seats.
Do you have budding musicians or singers amongst the youngsters in your family? Whether they can play instruments or belt out tunes, let them play a role during the memorial service. You might want to make it easier on them by assigning them specific songs. If they have favorites that you deem to be appropriate, then let them choose something to play or sing.
Readings and Poems
Perhaps some of the children in your family will appreciate the opportunity to do a reading or to present a poem in honor of their deceased relative. Allow them to contribute to the event by going up front and expressing their heart-felt sentiments in a way that is comfortable for them.
If you’d like to learn about other ways that children can take place during a memorial service, give us a call at Scott County Cremation at (952) 402-9000. Our staff members will be pleased to answer any of your questions, to provide recommendations, and to help you plan a body disposition. We’re a Chaska, MN funeral home that focuses on direct cremations. We truly care about those we serve, so give us a call when you need us. If you’d prefer to speak to someone in person, you can get a hold of us at 833 S. Marschall Road, Shakopee, MN 55379. Someone will be able to help you with whatever you need.