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Grieving the Loss of a Child

Family at a Funeral

No parent should have to endure the loss of a child.  Speak with the funeral home to learn about grief counseling options, and keep the following points in mind as you heal:

  • Grieve on Your Own Terms

Grief is unique in that there is no universal standard for coping with the loss of a loved one. One parent who loses a child may display his or her emotions differently from another, and this is okay. It is important to remember to take care of yourself while you are grieving (eat properly, try to get enough sleep, etc.) and to seek the comfort and help that you need.

  • Remember You Are Not at Fault

After the initial shock of losing a child subsides, the first question many parents ask themselves is: “What could I have done differently?” However, it is important to not let your mind run wild with “What if?” scenarios. It may be difficult to accept that you had no control over your child’s death, but understanding that you are not at fault is important to your well-being and the well-being of those who love you.

  • Express Yourself

You may feel guilty expressing your wants and needs while trying to cope with the loss of a child. This is natural. During and after the funeral-planning process, express yourself to close friends, family members, or a grief support counselor in a one-on-one or group setting in which you feel comfortable.

Grieving the loss of a child is the most heart-wrenching process a parent can endure. To work with a Pierce County funeral home whose staff is caring and compassionate, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Cemetery at (253) 584-0252. Because we understand how devastating it is to lose a young child, we provide free burial and cremation services to families who have lost an infant or child under the age of ten.

 

Proper Funeral Attire

The last place anyone would wish to offend someone is at a funeral. If you are preparing to attend the funeral of a friend or relative who has recently passed away, watch this brief video clip for some expert advice on how to dress for a funeral.

Both men and women should dress formally, preferably in a dark-colored suit. Men should avoid colorful and eye-catching ties, and women should take caution to make sure that their shoes and accessories are not too flashy. If attending a church funeral, even the most formal of hats should be avoided.

If are looking to pre-arrange your funeral services with one of Tacoma’s most well-respected funeral homes, speak with the compassionate staff of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. Call (253) 584-0252 to find out more about our pre-arrangement services.

 

 

Celebrate the Life of a Loved One!

Extended family enjoying at home with their pets.

Have you found our recent blog entries to be informative and helpful? If you would like to learn more about different burial and cemetery options in Pierce County or you are seeking inspiration on how you can pay tribute to your loved one, check out the following online resources.

  • Read this Seattle Times article to learn about Hawaii’s annual lantern ceremony, a way to pay tribute to deceased loved ones that you can practice in your home community. 
  • At the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s website, you can read about the evolution of mausoleums over time.
  • Are you looking for a non-traditional way to lay your loved one to rest? Explore the options discussed in this Huffington Post article to learn more. 

For more information, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252. 

 

A Look at Tribute Options for Your Loved One

Cemetery in fall.

A century ago, most American families had few options when planning a burial and funeral for a recently deceased loved one. Today, funeral homes offer a variety of cemetery options that give people the opportunity to be buried in a manner that best suits them. Read this article to find out about several of these options.

Traditional Burial

Tried and true for hundreds of years, this method of laying a loved one to rest is still preferred by much of the population. If your loved one wishes for his or her body to be buried, there are several attractive cemetery options to consider. You can choose from an upright granite memorial garden, a serene garden, or a traditional and conservative cemetery garden.

Cremation

Practiced among some populations in the Far East since as early as 8,000 B.C., cremation is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. When a loved one chooses to be cremated, the options for the scattering of his or her ashes are virtually endless. In addition to being spread in a loved one’s favorite geographic location or kept on display at home, cremated remains can be placed in an urn garden or even a traditional burial cemetery.

Mausoleum

Mausoleums provide families with a unique above-ground option. Mausoleums can be made up of single crypts or companion crypts, and there are several options available to suit personal preferences and family budgets of all sizes. For religious families, chapels and other places of worship can even be incorporated into mausoleums.

If you are looking for a funeral home that provides a full range of burial and cremation services in the Tacoma area, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. Call us at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about our cremation services and memorial park.

 

 

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The first set of holidays after the loss of a loved one can be excruciatingly painful. The holidays are traditionally perceived as a time to enjoy the company of your family, and coming to terms with the fact that a family member will no longer be present during the holiday season is far from easy.

If you are looking for ways to cope with the holidays this year without your parent, partner, child, or friend, watch this video for some advice and encouragement. Remember that feeling anxious about facing the holidays without someone you love is normal, and do not feel any pressure to cook a meal or carry on a tradition that you anticipate being too emotionally draining for you.

Are you looking for a Tacoma-area funeral home with a full range of services, including grief support? To ensure that your loved one is laid to rest in full accordance with his or her wishes, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.

 

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