How can parents prepare their children for funerals?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about how parents can prepare children for funerals.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: How can parents prepare their children for funerals?

    Rene Hackney: With attending funerals, parents should to really prepare children, tell them what it's going to look like, where they are going to be, who is going to be there, if it s going to be open casket or closed, then what that will be like, about how long the service will last. So, that they go into with knowing as much as they possibly can. If children are not going to funeral services or not going to family services, it s a good idea to allow that child someway to say goodbye. It may be in lighting candles for that person, or going on a walk talking about that person during the walk. Something, so that child can commemorate and be able to move forward.