Our full service facility, includes three chapels, two reception areas, our own on-site cremation chambers and 120 developed acres of beautiful cemetery grounds.

Exploring Your Green Burial Options

Green Burial Options

Considering the mounting evidence in support of global warming, millions of people are doing their part to reduce their usage of energy and materials. While there’s a lot you can do for the planet when you’re alive, you can still express your love for Earth even after you’ve passed away. Here are a few green burial options for you to consider:      

  • Alternative Embalming

Though formaldehyde is an effective embalming fluid, it is a known carcinogen. Not only are funeral professionals at risk when they handle formaldehyde, but this chemical can also leach into the groundwater and damage the surrounding environment. Luckily, alternative embalming methods are available for those who want a private family viewing without the risks.

  • Biodegradable Coffin

Though many people are drawn to grand, steel caskets, there are many other materials to consider as options. If you’re looking for a more earth-friendly coffin, there are 100% biodegradable coffins, caskets, and containers currently available.

  • Cremation

Though being buried in a casket holds a special meaning for many people, an increasing number of people are choosing to be cremated. If you so choose, your remains could be turned into ashes that can easily fit into a small urn. The urn could then be buried in the ground, placed in a mausoleum niche, or sent home with family members. The process is quick, efficient, and doesn’t use a lot of resources.

If you’re interested in one of the above green burial options for your Tacoma-area funeral, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematorium. Making your wishes known will make the time after your passing much easier for your loved ones. For more information, call us today at (253) 584-0252.

Honor the Legacy of a Loved One with the Elegance of a Private Mausoleum

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How a person will be remembered after he or she dies is a concern for many people. If you’re looking for an excellent way to honor the legacy of loved one, you might consider the permanent beauty of a private mausoleum. Here’s a brief look at what a private mausoleum can offer:

  • Eternal Elegance

Marble columns, a grand dome, ornate doors—a private mausoleum will stand out among the scores of headstones. Unlike small headstones, mausoleums are not in danger of being overgrown or having their inscriptions wiped away by weather. Instead, a private mausoleum will remain a strong and beautiful testament to your loved one’s life for centuries to come.  

  • Above-Ground Entombment

Though there’s something to be said for the tradition of burial, some people prefer a more personal burial method. By entombing your loved one above the ground in a beautiful mausoleum, you and fellow mourners will be able to pay your respects in a more intimate manner.

  • Companion Crypts

Though erecting a private mausoleum is a great way to preserve an individual’s legacy, it becomes even more poignant when it houses the remains of a loving couple. For many people, loving and being loved is the greatest legacy of all. If you so choose, a private mausoleum for your loved one can also house your remains when your time comes, remaining as a symbol of your love for years to come.

If you’d like to preserve the memory of your loved one for as long as possible, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematorium in Tacoma. Our respectful staff can present all of the various burial options as they help you find the right way to honor your loved one. If you have any questions, call us today at (253) 584-0252. 

Learn About Funeral Planning and Arrangements from These Resources!

Funeral Planning

The period of bereavement following the loss of a loved one can be incredibly difficult. The good news is that community ties, family, and friends can help immensely with the healing process. The links listed below discuss coping with the events after someone close to you passes away:

  • Children sometimes deal with grief differently than adults. This website offers answers and advice for kids who are grieving.
  • This resource from the non-profit group Helpguide.org discusses the process of coping with grief

For more information, contact the professionals at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory by calling (253) 584-0252 today.

Benefits of Grief Support Following a Funeral

Grief Support

While a funeral provides a ritual for remembering a loved one after his or her passing, the process of mourning and bereavement takes more time than just a few days. The experience of grief is different for every individual, and one should always allow as much time as necessary following the funeral and memorial to properly grieve. Although the pain of one’s loss may never fade completely, grief support is immensely helpful to the emotional healing process.  

  • Addressing the Stages, Together

As with many intense and overwhelming experiences, the emotional process of grief is often described in terms of passing through stages. Although they are sometimes defined in slightly different ways, the five levels are disbelief, bargaining, depression, anger, and acceptance. Everyone handles these stages differently, but it is natural to experience each of them to some degree. Group grief support is a powerful tool for articulating how you’re feeling with others who are going through the same process. You may not even realize that you are feeling angry until you talk about it, and this realization can help you further along on the path to acceptance.

  • Connecting with a Wide Support Network

Working through grief is challenging, and it is often helpful to hear about how others have been able to come to terms with their sorrow. Grief support groups offer a warm network for those in mourning. Funeral homes, community groups, religious institutions, and reunion events can all provide encouragement, assistance, and pain alleviation.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematorium strongly believes that grief support is a vital component of emotional recovery. That’s why we offer support services as part of our Tacoma funeral home. We provide our own support for both individuals and families and connect those in mourning to community services and educational resources. For more information on our bereavement services, visit our website or call us at (253) 584-0252.

Floral Design Tips & Techniques for Flower Arrangements

Choosing the right flower’s for your loved one’s funeral services can be a challenge—even more challenging is arranging the flowers once you’ve selected them.

In this video, you can see how to create beautiful floral arrangements. Before you get started with your flower arrangement, make sure that you have a proper vase and water that is lukewarm, not cold. When planning an arrangement of flowers with a variety of sizes, a good rule of thumb is to keep larger flowers lower and smaller ones higher. Colors should follow a similar rule, with darker colors lower and lighter colors above.  

Use the tips in this video to prepare flower arrangements for memorial and funeral services. For more information on memorial planning in the Tacoma area, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252, or visit our website for a full list of services. 

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