I attended my first funeral at age 12. it was my grandfather's, and it took place in the funeral home. I behaved like an angel, but age didn't play a role in it. My then 6-year-old also behaved as well, maybe because her parents told her what was expected. We were both prepared for such an emotionally stressful event.
I was prepared for that even before my grandfather got stricken with colon cancer and died of it. I was a weird kid - reading books on death and dying before 10. It drove my bus aides and teachers batty because they think I was reading somber material on bright sunny days. But it provided me a huge benefit - it conditioned me well for funeral attendance.
That's one of the reasons why age doesn't matter in terms of kids attending funerals. It's how well they are prepared.
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