Always prepare children for what will happen at any death ritual. Describing the funeral process step by step (what they will see, how other people might react, how they might feel) can help allay children’s anxieties about the event. Be sure to tell your child that crying or not crying are both OK. Extra attention and affection from adults may be necessary so children do not feel forgotten or neglected. If possible, make arrangements with a trusted adult so a child can leave the funeral or memorial service early if he or she wishes.