Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4810 For some, seeing the body helps them to understand that the person is dead. It can also make it easier for young children to grasp that the person’s body is no longer working. If viewing the whole body is not possible, find out from the funeral director whether the child could see part of the person’s body. If you don’t want to see the body but your child does, see if a family member or friend is willing to join them. Speak to the person who will accompany the child before the viewing to prepare them to answer questions that the child may ask. What can I do if my child saw the death happen or found the body? Ask your child about what they may have seen, heard, and felt. Don’t overload them with questions, but acknowledge their experience, and allow them to share what they are thinking, feeling, and worried about. It may be helpful to have another adult present if you are concerned about how you might react to what you are told. Can you tell me what happened? What are you worried about right now? What can I do to help you? Some children will have night terrors, flashback images, fears, and insecurities. Other behaviors they might exhibit include needing to be around an adult at all times or wanting to be alone. Young children may revert to earlier behaviors such as wetting the bed, thumb-sucking, having tantrums, having difficulty talking, and hitting, kicking, or biting. If your child discovered the body or saw the death happen, they may benefit from meeting with a professional counselor who can help them process the experience.