There are a number of meaningful and appropriate ways to involve children in a Great Goodbye. Readings and poems. A musical item. Decorating the casket.
However, as the day progresses you’ll also want to have a plan to keep the kids entertained, so the adults can continue to reflect and celebrate.
You might deputise a few older children to be minders. Set up an activities table with games, drawing materials and crafts.
Is there somewhere for them to relax and watch a movie? Have parents bring along some beanbags.
In an outdoor beach or bush setting, most children will happily busy themselves making a giant sun wheel out of shells, bark or stones. Take a photo of them all together with this memorable tribute.
They can also take part in send-off rituals by blowing bubbles, letting off balloons or lighting sparklers.