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How to Help Children Cope with the Death of a Loved One

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The death of a friend or family member of a child is never easy, especially for children who have never experienced death and do not understand it. Children need a lot of support, especially in times of grief. Here are a few tips on helping children cope with the death of a loved one:

Listen to Children’s Needs

Children need to be able to express themselves and talk about how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking. Be an attentive listener, and do not judge them.

Do Not Lie

This includes half-truths as well. Children are often sensitive and smart and can pick up on falsities. This may lead them to believe that you did not trust them enough to tell the truth. Telling lies, even if they’re good-intentioned lies, will not help a child through the healing process or help them prepare for future loss.

Help Children to Understand Death

Give children information about death and grief at a level they can comprehend, and let them guide you by listening to and answering their questions. Encourage them to ask questions and ask for clarifications.

Remember That Mourning Takes Time

Do not hold grieving children to unrealistic expectations. Make sure they know that you really want to hear about how they feel and be patient and nurturing. Just as with adults, there is no “right” way to grieve; every individual mourns differently, regardless of age.

Be Aware of Your Own Grief

Make sure you address your own needs—caring for others is important during a time of loss, but do not neglect to also focus on healing yourself.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma offers supportive, dedicated funeral care at our beautiful facility. Give us a call at (253) 584-0252 for more information on pre-planning services or arranging services for your recently deceased loved one.

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A Look at Jewish Funeral Traditions

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The death of a loved one is an undeniably emotional time. Saying goodbye to a friend or family member at a funeral service is a way to honor his or her memory. It is also a step toward acceptance for mourners. Different cultures have different customs, so if you are planning on attending a Jewish funeral, it helps to know what to expect.

  • Holding the Funeral As Soon As Possible

Following the death of a Jewish person, it is traditional that the funeral be held as soon as possible. This is to show the utmost respect for the deceased and inter the body without delay. Of course, the family may make the decision to wait for out-of-town mourners to arrive before holding services. Open-casket services are not a part of Jewish tradition—it is considered disrespectful to look upon the deceased since they cannot look back. Often, embalming and other chemical procedures will be eschewed unless state law requires it.

  • Performing Traditional Burial Rites

Many Jewish funerals are held at temple or synagogue. Flowers are normally not present at a traditional Jewish funeral, as they are held to be frivolous and unnecessary. Tradition also calls for a simple wooden casket without metal parts. After the recitation of the Psalsm, reading of Scripture, and a eulogy, the mourners participate in the ritual of K’riah, the rending of the garment. This age-old tradition involves mourners tearing their clothes to show their grief. Today, many attendees now use a black ribbon attached to their clothes. Tradition holds that the day of the funeral is the first day of seven days of mourning.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma, Washington, provides a beautiful, serene setting for funeral services for all cultures. For more information, give us a call at (253) 584-0252.

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