The father of a dear friend of ours recently graduated to Heaven. We had visited with him during the time he was on hospice. He sang “Jesus Loves Me” with my children, but they didn’t know him much besides that.
After prayer, I decided to take my children with me to the viewing. I told them that a viewing was a time to go and give hugs to our dear friend who was sad.
I knew there would be questions, but I wasn’t sure what they would be. They mainly came from my 4 year old because my 6 year old looked at the people more than the coffin. Thankfully I was able to answer the hardest questions by using an illustration that my Aunt Heather [who is not much older than me] told me a while ago.
If you explain that the body is like a glove and the soul/spirit is like the hand it makes it much easier for children to understand.
Have your children gone to a viewing or funeral? Do you know a good way to answer their questions?