Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What ages benefit from the class?
The STAR Class has been taught to children as young as age 2, and to young adults as old as age 19.
How long is a STAR Class?
Class length can vary depending on how many children are in attendance, but on average, a STAR Class takes approximately 30 minutes.
Does the class only apply to the death of a grandparent?
No. In fact, the STAR Class has been used to teach children and teens attending services for parents, siblings, friends, classmates, and many other types of relationships.
What supplies are necessary to teach the class?
The STAR Kit contains all the supplies necessary to teach the STAR Class. However, you may wish to have additional markers, crayons, scissors, tape, etc. on hand.
Does my funeral home need a special children's room?
It is not necessary to have a playroom or children’s room to teach The STAR Class. Some Funeral Homes use an arrangement office or an unoccupied chapel.
Does the teacher need to be a funeral director?
The STAR Class teacher does not need to be a licensed funeral director. This is one of the reasons each STAR Kit includes an instructor manual. Any member of your staff who enjoys teaching others and providing support would make a great instructor.
Can funeral homes offer The STAR Class for a fee?
It is up to each individual funeral home whether or not to charge their client families for The STAR Class. Most do offer it for free, as it provides a great competitive advantage for their businesses. Some only charge when there is a large number of attendees.
Is there a product for parents or caregivers to teach the class outside of a funeral home?
Yes. Mini STAR Kits are available. They are the perfect tool for the general public (parents, family members, or caregivers) to teach a child about death and the funeral process. The Mini STAR Kit is suitable for one use, to teach one child.