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How to Talk to Your Family about Preplanning

Often, people don’t think about funerals until after a loss has occurred. Then, while they’re navigating the unfamiliar terrain of grief, they’re faced with planning a service and making decisions about how their loved one should be memorialized.

Preplanning is a much more efficient way to work out the details of these decisions, but families are often reluctant to talk about death. Unfortunately, refusal to acknowledge the reality doesn’t make it easier to face a loss once it happens. That’s why it’s important to explain to your family that you want to make your passing less stressful for them through preplanning.

  • Preplanning makes it easier for families to focus on what’s really important. After you die, you don’t want your family trying to muddle through the details of your memorial. You want them to spend their time and energy comforting each other, remembering you and beginning to heal.
  • When you preplan, you can make sure your wishes are known. You can plan the kind of end-of-life celebration you want by picking the music, the readings and even the dress code. You can also add signature services such as a video tribute or a dove release, and choose to display memorabilia that reflects what’s important to you. .
  • Planning in advance protects your family financially. Preplanning is a smart financial move because it locks in today’s prices for a future need. Your death may be many years in the future, but when you pre-plan, your family won’t have to worry about inflation.

It may be difficult to engage your family in a discussion about preplanning, but it’s important because it allows you to make end-of-life decisions at a time that’s not stressful or emotionally charged.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, we’re experts at preplanning, with advisors who can help you make a plan that’s right for you. If you aren’t living near us at the time of your passing, your plan is transferable to any affiliated location in the United States. Call us today at (253) 218-1012, or visit our website to request a free preplanning guide.

Planning a Veteran's Funeral

Veterans dedicate themselves to a lifetime of service and are willing to die for the ideals our country holds dear. That’s why veterans’ funerals should be life-honoring tributes that respect and honor the sacrifices they’ve made.

Whether the death was related to service or happened years later, there are certain honors to which veterans are entitled.

  • Flag-draped casket: It’s traditional for the casket of a veteran to be draped in the American flag. After the service, this flag is folded in accordance with tradition and presented to the veteran’s family. It’s a moving tribute, honoring the veteran with an important symbol of our nation.
  • Honor guard: Members of the armed forces play a ceremonial role in the service, acting as pallbearers for the fallen veteran. It’s very meaningful to a veteran’s family to see these men and women in uniform paying their respects.
  • Three-volley salute: A rifle party of 3-7 service members will typically fire a three-volley salute. The number can vary, depending on the rank of the veteran. High-ranking officers might have an 11-, 14- or even 17-gun salute.
  • Taps: At the end of a graveside service, a final salute is given, and Taps is performed by a lone bugler or an audio recording, 30-50 yards from the grave site. In some cases, a muffled drum roll accompanies the bugler.
  • Some veterans are entitled to additional honors. A funeral director will be able to help you determine exactly what is appropriate for your veteran.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we’re proud of our nation’s veterans. That’s why we honor and respect all veterans for their service, providing honorable and dignified arrangements. Honorably discharged veterans and their immediate family members may also be entitled to discounted or complimentary burial space in selected areas. We can help you plan a service for your veteran with all the appropriate honors and benefits. Call us at (253) 218-1012 or visit our website to learn more.

Celebrating a Life Well Lived

Until recent years, funerals were very somber affairs. People typically wore black. The music was often sad. Long speeches were delivered in solemn tones. If you haven’t been to a funeral in recent years, you might be surprised to learn how much has changed. Today, many funerals focus on celebrating a life well lived.

If you’re planning a funeral for a loved one, it’s possible to create a memorable and even uplifting event.

  • It’s easy to incorporate your loved one’s personality into the service. Choose music, readings and even a setting that honors the way your loved one lived, spotlighting hobbies, passions and what was truly important to that person.
  • Photos and memorabilia can spark happy memories. By displaying family photos and things your loved one prized, you’ll be reminding others of what they knew and loved about the person. You might even hear some stories you didn’t know.
  • Music that your loved one enjoyed can make the mood lighter. The music at a funeral or memorial can be uplifting. Incorporate your loved one’s favorite song, perhaps even making it part of a video tribute to help people remember and smile.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell funny stories and laugh. The most memorable funerals are often those at which there is laughter. Your loved one’s life was a gift, and sharing memories of that gift can help in the healing process.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory has been serving families in this community since 1942, helping plan countless funeral and memorial services. We can help you plan the perfect life-honoring tribute to your loved one. Call (253) 218-1012 to learn more.

Grieving When the Relationship was Difficult

The loss of a family member is always difficult, but when the relationship was troubled, it can be more complicated. You may have complex feelings about the loss. You might be uncomfortable with how the relationship was when the person died. You may feel things were left unsaid and wish you’d had a more time to work through some of the challenges.

You’re not alone. Here are some strategies for navigating your grief when your relationship was less than ideal:

  • Find someone to talk to. This may be a friend or family member who understands the situation and can help you work through your feelings. It might also be helpful to seek professional counseling. A grief counselor has the experience to help you navigate this difficult time and direct you to a support group where you can find additional help if necessary.
  • Consider rituals or activities to help you work through “unfinished business.” You might find it helpful to write a letter to the person who has died, expressing things you were never able to say in person. Journaling can also be helpful as a way to put your emotions onto paper. Sometimes writing things down can help you gain a new perspective.
  • Be gentle with yourself. Make sure to practice good self-care, get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet. Don’t worry about expectations about what you “should” be feeling, and remember that grief is unique to each individual. Instead of berating yourself about how you could have handled situations differently, treat yourself as gently as you’d treat another person experiencing this kind of conflicted grief.

At Mountain View, we’re more than just a funeral home. Since 1989, we’ve reached out to members of our community with grief support services that help people in a safe, supportive environment. We also provide aftercare to the bereaved at no cost. Visit our website to learn more and find resources to help you through this difficult time. You can also call us at (253) 218-1012 to learn about our facilities, preplanning and all the ways in which we serve the community.

How a Support Group Can Help Someone Overcome a Loss

Losing a loved one is always difficult, and it can be very tempting to shut yourself off as you grieve. The idea of hiding in your house, cocooned from the outside world, may seem appealing. However, it’s actually much better to connect with other people.

Everyone experiences grief differently, but sharing that pain can lessen the burden. Suffering in silence is not the best solution.

You may have a loving and supportive family or a strong network of friends and community ties. If you already have someone you can talk to about your loss, that’s wonderful. However, if you aren’t comfortable talking to someone you know well, or you feel your family and friends are growing impatient with your grief, you might want to consider a support group. This can be an important part of the healing process because you are surrounded by people who understand what you’re experiencing.

There are different support groups for different kinds of loss. For example:

  • Widows and widowers: Being with people who are experiencing the same thing can help you navigate your new reality.
  • Loss due to suicide: Talking about suicide can make people uncomfortable, and often someone who has experienced this kind of loss feels isolated or judged. Meeting others who have experienced the same kind of loss can help you find new coping strategies.
  • Loss of a child: The loss of a child is so devastating that marriages sometimes don’t survive. It’s vitally important to find a safe space to talk about your feelings so you can work through them and start to heal.

We understand that a support group isn’t for everyone. Some people can feel overwhelmed in the face of so much grief, and some can feel pulled down by others’ negative emotions. Others might feel judged or that they’re being given advice that doesn’t apply to them. If the first support group you visit doesn’t seem like a good fit, don’t give up on the idea. Grief shared is grief lessened, and if you can find a group that works for you, it can help you on your own journey of healing.

At Mountain View, we are committed to helping people heal after a loss. In addition to helping you plan a life-honoring memorial service, we offer a safe, supportive environment where you can connect with others and share your grief. Additionally, our online grief support assures that you’re never alone, but have access to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit our website, or call us at (253) 205-8672 to learn more.

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