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.
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.
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 .
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 page is a good source of grief support for parents who are grieving the loss of a child.
- This ABC News brief provides several helpful resources for parents who are coping with the loss of a child.
- This page offers advice on choosing a headstone inscription for your loved one’s cemetery marker.
- 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.