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A Greener Option: Promoting Eco-Consciousness Even in Death

As society becomes ever more eco-conscious, with more and more people trying to live “green,” there is a move to cut back on disposable items, avoid plastic with harmful chemicals, reduce, reuse and recycle — all in an attempt to be kinder to the environment and leave a smaller footprint.

It makes sense, then, that more people want to be conscientious about the environment even in death. Green burial options help make that possible.

Mountain View Funeral Home is approved by the Green Burial Council to offer green burial packages. The council believes that green, natural funerals should become the new standard for the industry, and works to educate and advocate for that purpose.

Classifying a “green” burial as one that protects workers’ health, reduces carbon emissions, conserves natural resources and preserves habitats, the Green Burial Council offers environmental certificates for funeral homes, cemeteries and product manufacturers. Mountain View has earned a certificate by offering burials with no formaldehyde-based embalming and without metal or hardwood caskets.

The caskets and alternative containers used in our green burial services to enclose and transport your loved one are made of biodegradable materials — and choosing an environmentally friendly end-of-life option doesn’t eliminate the opportunity for a traditional funeral service, although it does limit the time frame. Our green options are not limited to burial, but also include green cremation choices. We also provide alternative embalming and preparation care options.

At Mountain View, we believe in honoring each person’s unique life and respecting the wishes of every family. Whether you prefer traditional burial, cremation or a green option, we have services available to fit every need and show respect to a wide range of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. For more information, call 253.948.9895. To learn more about our alternative burial, cremation and embalming options, visit our Green Burials page.

Why Bagpipes at a Funeral?

Legendary evangelist Billy Graham passed away in March of this year, and as his casket was led from the tent where more than 2,000 mourners had gathered, a bagpiper played Amazing Grace.

It was a touching moment that would have felt familiar to many people because bagpipes are often played at funerals. In particular, military, police and firefighter funerals typically feature the mournful sound of the pipes.

Bagpipes have long been played at important ceremonies, including funerals, in Ireland and Scotland. During the potato famine, when the Irish immigrated to the United States in large numbers, they brought this tradition with them. The Irish, however, don’t favor the bagpipes that we see at funerals here in America. Rather, the traditional Irish instrument known as the Uilleann pipes became fashionable in the 18th century, replacing the harp as the instrument of choice for most Irish music. Played from a sitting position, these pipes produce tones much sweeter than Scottish bagpipes.

Why, then, are Scottish pipes played at funerals? The answer is simple: Scottish bagpipes are louder and easier to hear outdoors.

As Irish immigrants assimilated into American society, many became firefighters and law enforcement officers. It’s only natural, then, that bagpipes were soon played at their funerals.

Today, you don’t have to be a dignitary, firefighter, police officer or member of the armed forces to have bagpipes played at your funeral and the song doesn’t have to be Amazing Grace. they Bagpipes can be played before, during or after any funeral or memorial service, providing a mournful and poignant sound that seems to fit the occasion.

At Mountain View, we believe in creating memorable, life-honoring services customized for each unique person. That’s why we offer Signature Services℠, including bagpipes, to help enhance your family’s time of reflection and remembrance. Call 253.948.9895 for more information.

The Unique Beauty of Mountain View Cemetery

A cemetery can tell you a lot about the community it serves, and strolling through the grounds at Mountain View can give you a deeper understanding of this community’s history.

Incorporated in 1915, Mountain View has seen many changes in Tacoma and has grown to meet the evolving needs of local families. For example, in an innovative move designed to keep up with the times, Mountain View became the first cemetery with a funeral home onsite in 1942.

Nature is at the heart and soul of this property. We understand that progress must not disrupt the peace and beauty of nature, and as part of our commitment to preserving the serenity of Mountain View, we have developed only 100 of its 160 acres.

The beautiful grounds are home to 181 varieties of trees, 575 rhododendron plants, and prize-winning rose gardens. Birds and wildlife abound in a wide variety of species.

Tacoma is also a progressive, sophisticated city. People’s tastes have changed over the years, and a walk through the cemetery will show many different areas designed to serve different needs.

  • Our Veterans Memorial is a longstanding tribute to the men and women in military service. In all, there are five gardens set aside for veterans as well as a First Responders Memorial in the Garden of Honor.

  • The chapels blend harmoniously with the area’s natural splendor. They’re designed in a variety of styles to accommodate not only funeral services but also gatherings and receptions.

  • The Ching Ming Wall of Honor allows people to honor their departed ancestors by placing their names on the wall.

  • The Heather Pool is a peaceful place to sit and reflect. Flowers bloom, ducks swim by, and you can be alone with your thoughts.

  • The Valley Rose Urn Garden is beautiful and serene, featuring memorial benches and a tranquil pond. We are adding additional cremation gardens to meet the needs of families in our community.

  • The upper grounds are perfect for strolling. As you walk the tree-lined paths, you’ll notice a variety of monuments and markers designed to honor each individual life. Rest for a while on a memorial bench or shelter in a pagoda as you take in the beauty of the grounds.

Come and see for yourself what makes Mountain View so unique. Drop by for a tour or call us at 253.948.9895 to learn more about all we have to offer. You can also visit our website, where you’ll find plenty of information and a virtual tour of the property.

Unique Funeral for a Unique Woman: The Legacy of Barbara Bush

Modern funerals can be tailored to fit a unique personality and honor the unique life that was lived. Recently, there have been some wonderful examples of this in the funerals of public figures: notably, former first lady Barbara Bush who passed away in April.

Although she never held office, the legacy of family she leaves behind is extremely powerful. Her longstanding marriage to President George H.W. Bush has been well documented. He was her first kiss, and their 73-year marriage —the longest of any presidential couple — produced four sons and two daughters. Having lost a daughter to leukemia in childhood, the family pushed through this tragedy and went on to be one of the most powerful families in the United States. While first lady, Bush worked tirelessly to promote the cause of literacy, and at her funeral, her husband wore socks with books on them as an acknowledgment of the work that was so important to her.

Barbara Bush was a beloved public figure, so it’s not surprising there was so much interest in her memorialization. A public visitation was attended by nearly 8,000 people, with many wearing blue, Bush’s favorite color. The funeral was attended by 1,500 guests, including heads of states, dignitaries, former US presidents and first ladies, and the current first lady, Melania Trump. Political differences were set aside as people came together to honor a woman who was well respected by all.

The service itself was touching and planned to perfectly reflect the life she lived. Held at her home church, St. Martin’s Episcopal in Houston, it featured a choir singing My Country Tis of Thee. Bush’s pastor spoke, as did her son, Jeb, who read a love letter she’d once received from her husband, George. There were also eulogies by her biographer and a longtime friend. There were tears as well as laughter as family and friends recalled the former first lady’s good-natured humor.

During the service, an ivory pall graced her casket. At the viewing and after the service, it was adorned with a large spray of her favorite flowers, including pink and yellow roses, snapdragons and hydrangeas. Her eight grandsons were pallbearers, and the final song of the service was Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, sung by the congregation. Bush was laid to rest in a gated plot at her husband’s presidential library at Texas A&M University, just outside Houston.

Not every funeral will be as elaborate as Barbara Bush’s, but each can be tailored to honor the unique life that was lived. At Mountain View, we’re happy to help you preplan your end-of-life services. Call 253.948.9895 today to make an appointment with a preplanning advisor, or visit our website for your free preplanning guide.

Why is a Reception Important?

For many of us, being uncomfortable about death means that a funeral service is something to be endured instead of a meaningful time to reflect and say goodbye.

Some people don’t want a funeral service at all and don’t understand why a reception matters. In reality, the reception can be a vital part of the healing process.

The funeral itself typically happens very quickly, and the planning can be extremely stressful as family members work through their grief while trying to make decisions they hope would please their loved one.

Ideally, the service will be meaningful and life-honoring, but it is often so emotional that family members may feel they’re collectively holding their breath until it is over. At the reception, they finally get a chance to breathe and have time to look around and appreciate the people who have come to pay their respects in a setting that’s far more relaxed than the visitation or funeral service.

The reception provides an important opportunity for connection, serving as a family reunion of sorts for loved ones who may not see each other often. As they come together to support each other in a time of grief, they’ll tell stories about the person who has died. New bonds will form, old connections will be reinforced, and the family will benefit from hearing the memories of others who had a different perspective on a cherished family member. This interaction can help people begin to find closure, and set them on the path toward healing.

At Mountain View, we understand the importance of a funeral reception. We have beautiful, comfortable reception areas and a wide range of catering options so that you can plan a meaningful gathering. Call 253.948.9895 to learn how we can help you plan a personalized reception.

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