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

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. 

How to Personalize a Memorial Service

At the Funeral (burial)

Funerals play an important role in dealing with the passing of a loved one. Not only do funerals allow people to acknowledge the person who has passed, but they also create a space to physically gather and share the loss with other close friends and relatives.

For a funeral to be truly fitting for the person who has passed away, elements of the service should be personalized to reflect the life of the deceased. Although many services follow traditional structures, there are plenty of opportunities to make the funeral as personalized as one wants. Some ways to personalize your loved one’s funeral services include:

  • Individualize the Funeral Process

A funeral will likely include a few key points. Who will lead the service? Will the casket be present at the funeral? If there will be a viewing, when will it take place? Consider what the deceased may have wanted as you make these decisions.

  • Display Personal Items

Photos, cards, and organized displays can help to conjure the essence of the personality of the deceased. Any hobbies, interests, or passions that he or she had can be represented in a simple but poignant way. Attendees can spend a few moments to take it all in.

  • Allow Commentary from Friends and Family

One of the most personal moments of a funeral is the part of the program where close family and friends can each make a brief speech. Anecdotes, both touching and humorous, bring up fond, personal memories.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory specializes in planning memorable, personalized funeral services. As a funeral home, we assist the friends and family of the deceased with planning of services and work as hard as possible to meet individual needs and concerns. For more details on funeral service planning in Tacoma, call us at (253) 584-0252 or visit us on our website.  



Cherish Your Family!

Portrait of a beautiful Asian family.

Have you found our recent blog posts to be helpful? If you are looking to find out more about grieving the loss of a loved one or designing a headstone to memorialize your loved one, explore the following resources.

  • When a child is born, a parent does not expect to see the day on which that child is buried. For a wealth of helpful information about parental grief, visit this website.
  • This ABC News brief provides several helpful resources for parents who are coping with the loss of a child.
  • For a look at famous epitaphs and headstones, take a look at this slideshow. 

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


Choosing a Headstone for Your Loved One

Tombstones and tulips

A headstone is a lasting tribute that will serve as a memorial of his or her life for generations to come. Selecting one that you think your loved one would have been happy with, however, can be difficult. For this reason, you may want to consult with a helpful staff member of the funeral home you are working with to ensure you choose the right one. Here are some tips for selecting the right headstone:

  • Size

Some cemeteries have size limitations on the headstones that can be used in their memorial parks, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with restrictions of the cemetery you are working with. If you do not have restrictions to abide by, think about what size headstone your loved one would have wanted.

  • Materials

When choosing materials for your loved one’s gravestone, there are a few things you should take into account. Think about the weather conditions that the headstone will endure, and rule out options which are prone to weather wearing. It’s also important to choose a material that is aesthetically pleasing and within your budget.

  • Style

Did your loved one indicate a preference for one style of headstone over another? You can generally choose between a traditional engraved headstone, a mounted plaque, a monument, and a wall marker.

  • Personalization

This is the part of the headstone selection and design process that people struggle with most when planning a loved one’s funeral. If your loved one has not left any wishes behind for an epithet, discuss ideas with others who were close to the deceased. Choose an inscription that you agree your loved one would like and that will remind you of his or her memory when you visit.

Are you planning a funeral in the Tacoma area for a loved one who has recently passed away? For a full-service funeral home that is staffed by compassionate and experienced individuals, speak with Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. Call (253) 584-0252 for assistance in planning the funeral your loved one would feel honored by.


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.


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