Year: 2000 Source: Omega, v.42, no.4, (2000-2001), p.321-339 SIEC No: 20020226

318 parent-bereaved children aged 5-17 recruited from the community & their surviving parents were interviewed at 1, 6, 13, & 25 months post-parental death about their participation in funeral related rituals & subsequent adjustment following the death. Nearly all the children attended their parent’s visitation, funeral, & burial. Children from families who did not have such rituals fared less well over time. Children who reported internalizing or externalizing behaviour at rituals were more likely to experience some increased problems in the first 2 years post-death. Children who were withdrawn or quiet during the rituals had fewer subsequent problems than children who acted out during these rituals. Visitation attendance was associated with better outcome 1 & 2 years later. (27 refs.)