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What to Consider When Planning a Memorial Service

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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.

 

Mexico's Day of the Dead

Different cultures commemorate their deceased in different ways.  For example, the Mexican culture pays tribute to their dead by dedicating an entire day to the spirits and memories of their lost loved ones.

In this short video, you can learn all about the customs and traditions of Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) in Mexico.  The culture recognizes death as a part of life.  They use the day to visit the gravesite and gather with loved ones over meals and conversation. 

A death in the family can be made easier on you with the help of a first-rate funeral home and memorial park, like Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory.  We can assist you with a diverse range of services, including pre-arrangements.  Contact us in Tacoma today at (253) 584-0252.  

 

 

What to Expect During the Grieving Process

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People may experience grief for a variety of reasons.  They may have lost a loved one, lost a job, or ended a relationship.  Grieving is a process that everyone undergoes after experiencing a loss.  It can be a difficult, but going through the process is the fastest road to acceptance.  For most people, the process turns out to be a positive experience.  They may develop a renewed appreciation for what matters the most to them.  Here are a few things to expect while going through the process of grieving:

  • Everyone Grieves Differently

The first thing to understand is that everyone deals with grief in his or her own way.  Some individuals may experience anger or frustration at first.  However, this is natural in most cases.  Express your emotions appropriately.  Do not be afraid to cry or express your grief aloud.  This is a time to open up and deal with your most heartfelt feelings.

  • Do Not Feel Guilty

In many cases, it is common to feel guilty or responsible for the loss.  Though it is natural to sometimes feel this way, it will only complicate the healing process.  Deal with your emotions accordingly, but do your best to not point fingers at yourself or anyone else.

  • Expect Occasional Triggers for Grief or Sadness

Annual markers like anniversaries, birthdays, or holidays may trigger past memories and feelings.  Be prepared for those emotions to resurface.  Especially within the first few years of grieving, you may feel the need to cry in these situations.  This is perfectly normal.  In these difficult times, it may be a good idea to plan ahead for family gatherings and discuss with relatives how you can pay tribute to a lost loved one.

The entire process can be made much easier on you and your family with the assistance of a quality funeral home and memorial park.  If you’re in need of a first rate funeral home or cemetery, then contact the helpful professionals at the Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma.  Our experienced staff is compassionate and caring in your time of need.  Call us today at (253) 584-0252.  

 

 

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