A Child Shows Us How to Mourn

Kate Braestrup shares the story of Nina, a five-year-old who insisted to her parents that she needed to visit her dead cousin and best friend Andy, a four-year-old, at a nearby funeral parlor.

Listen to Chaplain Kate Braestrup

While all the adults in Nina’s life, including Braestrup, were unsure about how to proceed, the chaplain says that in her experience, “people are far, far more likely to regret not having seen the body [of a deceased loved one] than they are to wish they hadn’t done it.”

“You can trust a human being with grief,”

Braestrup tells us. We know what to do.