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How to Support People You Know Who Are Experiencing the Loss of a Loved One

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When a tragedy happens and a loved one passes on, it’s not just the immediate family and friends who are impacted.  Those who know the mourning individual can aid in the healing process in a variety of ways.  Help support others through grief by following these tips:

  • Respect Their Wishes

Each individual grieves in his or her own way.  Some may want to be supported and surrounded by friends and family.  Others want to be left alone to reflect during the grieving process.  As long as there are no warning signs like substance abuse or extreme depression, it’s important to actively listen to what the mourning individual wants and try not to go against his or her wishes.

  • Offer Words of Comfort

Kind and helpful words can go a long way when it comes to healing.  Just as it’s important to share your feelings, it’s also important to be silent and listen.  It’s okay to talk about your own losses, but never say that you know how he or she is feeling, because you aren’t in his or her shoes.

  • Let Them Heal In Their Own Time

How long it takes for an individual to recover after the loss of a loved one varies.  The stages of loss and grief can take years and may dramatically differ from person to person.  Don’t put any pressure on the individual to move on, even if you feel like it is time to let go.

  • Offer Your Help

Immediately following a loss, the lives of many grief-stricken individuals become somewhat hectic.  It’s up to you to be the one who takes the initiative, as your friend may not feel comfortable asking for help.  Small acts of kindness like cooking a meal, helping with housework, and babysitting can help the heartbroken individual. 

Helping with the funeral arrangements is yet another way to support your grieving loved one.   The experienced staff at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you and your mourning loved ones in a very difficult time.  If you’re looking for a full service funeral home and cemetery in Tacoma, then call (253) 584-0252.

 

Funeral Advice iPhone App

Giving your deceased loved one a meaningful funeral requires dozens of decisions.  From the number of mourners to burial details, preparing for a funeral can be quite a daunting task.  Having a guide can greatly streamline the funeral planning process for those feeling overwhelmed during this difficult time.

The Funeral Advice app for iPhones and iPads is your on-the-go solution to funeral-related questions. This simple app breaks down the steps you should take after losing a loved one and tells you how you can prepare for the funeral. Whether you’re at the funeral home or running errands for the service, you’ll have helpful information about funerals, cemeteries, burials, cremations, and much more. 

Find out more about the app here!

For more information on funeral services in Tacoma, contact the premier funeral home and pre-arrangement experts at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory.  Call us at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about our facilities and cemetery grounds.

 

 

What to Consider When Planning a Memorial Service

Senior adults with their adult children

When a loved one passes, the funeral processes begin shortly thereafter.  The mourning family and friends must make dozens of decisions in a very short time during an emotional period. While a funeral director can help guide you, it’s important to consider the following items when planning a funeral service:

  • Type of Funeral Service

When planning a funeral service, it’s important to consider the wishes of the deceased, but also the desires of the living. An individual must decide upon number of attendees, seating arrangements, flowers, decorations, eulogies, officiates, music, etc.  If the deceased individual was religious or spiritual, then there is often a brief mass, prayer, or blessing that occurs during the funeral service.

  • Presentation of Remains

The body of the deceased is often present for a viewing during a funeral service.  Depending on the deceased or mourning family’s wishes, the body can be presented either in an open or closed casket.  Unless the disposition is cremation, the family must consider what the deceased will be wearing, including clothing, jewelry, and any other personal objects that will accompany him or her into the casket, tomb, or vault. 

  • Type of Burial

Unlike memorial services, funerals are often accompanied by the burial or cremation.  While some individuals may indicate their disposition of choice before death, the decision often falls to the family.  The three most common plans are burial, entombment, and cremation. In all three cases, the family must choose the casket or container to hold the loved one’s remains. Those who opt for a grave site must also choose a grave marker.

  • Atmosphere and Ambiance

The purpose of a funeral service is to remember and honor a deceased loved one.  While there are some general social rules to follow during a service, the atmosphere can range from traditional and somber to creative and celebratory of the deceased’s life. Personalization will help the guests remember the service and say their final goodbyes in a supportive environment.

A compassionate and experienced funeral director can help you create a meaningful funeral service.  Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory helps Tacoma families personalize funeral services with unparalleled attention to detail and customer service.  Call (253) 584-0252 or visit our website for more information.

 

 

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When people that are close to us pass away, a first-rate funeral home can be very helpful.  Learn more about burial traditions from around the world and the process of grieving from these resources. 

  • For more information about how to deal with grief, check out this page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   

Contact the experienced professionals of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252 for more information.

 

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