The Star Class ...
A Special Time to Always Remember
The Star Class is a sensitive, caring approach to helping kids understand some the events that take place during the funeral process.
Our funeral directors and staff introduce the STAR class at the time that arrangements are made. An informational letter is given to the parents or grandparents with a brief explanation of the class.
The days surrounding the death of a loved one can be a confusing and disorienting time for young children. Altered daily routines and unfamiliar sights and sounds can be difficult for them to cope with. Children need honest, simple explanations of the events they are experiencing with the adults around them.
The STAR class contains new words and images that are not usually a part of everyday conversation for children or adults. Providing children with the opportunity to hear the words of the funeral process, to express feelings and concerns in a creative art activity and to write a STAR message to their loved one who had died can give them a sense of power over this new experience and help allay fears about what the funeral is all about.
It is our hope that this class will enhance the service and care we provide to families with young children. So that when they ask, “What’s a Funeral Anyway?” there are answers provided in a creative way to help their understanding and acceptance.