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Understanding the Time-Honored Tradition of Cremation

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Cremation has been used as a method of handling the bodies of the deceased for thousands of years. While technological advances have made cremation cleaner and easier than ever before, the philosophy of cremation has changed little. Here’s a look at the history and evolution of the cremation process:

  • The Origins of Cremation
    The process of cremation predates any well-kept historical accounts, but some evidence suggests it has been practiced with regularity for more than 10,000 years. It is likely that cremation has its origins in present-day China, where it was once practiced primarily among monks. Archaeologists estimate that cremation was first practiced in parts of Europe and the Middle East around 3000 B.C. By1000 B.C., cremation had become a customary funeral practice in several cultures with roots throughout the Eurasian continent.
  • Cremation in Eastern Religions
    In many cultures and religions, particularly those that predominate in Southeast Asia, cremation is a rite of passage for a soul between one life and the next. In accordance with the belief of reincarnation that is adhered to by Buddhists and Hindus throughout Asia, cremation frees a spirit from its past body so that it can freely move to the next body it will inhabit.
  • Environmental Impact of Cremation
    Religion, culture, and tradition are still the primary reasons why people choose cremation over burial. However, an increasing number of individuals are choosing cremation for environmental reasons. Since the cremation process does not involve environmental contaminates such as formaldehyde, it is viewed as a green alternative to burial.

Are you looking for a full-service funeral home and crematory with a caring and dedicated staff? Scenically situated in the Tacoma area, Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you plan the appropriate services to honor your loved one. To find out more about our cremation process or any of our other funeral services, call (253) 584-0252.

Remember Your Pet with These Beautiful Keepsakes

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The passing of a beloved family pet is an incredibly emotional and difficult experience. If you choose to have your pet cremated, there are a number of beautiful keepsakes to help you remember your pet. Here are a few examples:

  • Memorial Urn

If you decide to store your pet’s ashes in an urn, you will have several options to customize the urn. If you select a traditional concave-shaped urn, for example, you can choose to engrave the name of your pet, a short epitaph, and a paw print or some other graphic that symbolizes your pet. Another option is an urn in the shape of a heart or oval, which also provides you with opportunities for inscription.

  • Teddy Bear

Another popular keepsake option for the storage of your pet’s ashes is the teddy bear cremation urn. Your pet’s cremated remains can be interned inside of a fluffy teddy bear whose clothes you can personalize in honor of your beloved pet.

  • Photo Frame

Go through photos of your pet, and choose a favorite that you would like to display on your pet’s urn. You can then meet with a cremation professional to take a look at the variety of photo-frame urns that are available to you.

  • Jewelry

Ideal for families with members living in different households or cities, choosing to store your pet’s ashes in jewelry capsules allows you to spread out your pet’s ashes. This way, several members of your family can carry the keepsake at any time. Pet cremation jewelry is available a variety of shapes, styles, and materials. Many pieces of jewelry with cremated remain capsules can also be engraved.

Are you a Tacoma resident who is looking for the perfect keepsake to memorialize your pet? If so, Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you. Call (253) 584-0252 to speak with a professional about our pet cremation services and the pet urn options we provide.

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Learn How Mountain View Funeral Home Can Help You Through the Loss of A Loved One

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Our recent blog posts have discussed the benefits of pre-arranging your funeral and highlighted services that you should look for when selecting a funeral home. If you would like to learn more about either of these topics, take a look at the following resources.

  • Coping with the loss of a loved one is an extraordinarily difficult experience. To find out how grief support may help you get through this difficult time, visit HelpGuide.org.
  • For an overview of important funeral terminology and an outline of the funeral planning process, consult this page from the New York State Department of Health.

To speak with a compassionate and experienced funeral home in the Tacoma area, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.

Explaining Death To A Child

Explaining the death of a loved one to a child can be difficult, especially if you are in the process of coping with the loss yourself. For some helpful advice on being honest and straightforward with your children, watch this informational video clip.
In this video, a funeral service professional offers advice on using analogies to explain death to your child. She recommends relating the life cycle of plants and animals to that of humans to provide your children with the understanding that he or she needs. 
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory has been providing grief support services to residents of the Tacoma area for more than two decades. Call (253) 584-0252 to find out more about the resources we have available for helping children and teenagers cope with grief and loss.

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