A Look at Jewish Funeral Traditions

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The death of a loved one is an undeniably emotional time. Saying goodbye to a friend or family member at a funeral service is a way to honor his or her memory. It is also a step toward acceptance for mourners. Different cultures have different customs, so if you are planning on attending a Jewish funeral, it helps to know what to expect.

  • Holding the Funeral As Soon As Possible

Following the death of a Jewish person, it is traditional that the funeral be held as soon as possible. This is to show the utmost respect for the deceased and inter the body without delay. Of course, the family may make the decision to wait for out-of-town mourners to arrive before holding services. Open-casket services are not a part of Jewish tradition—it is considered disrespectful to look upon the deceased since they cannot look back. Often, embalming and other chemical procedures will be eschewed unless state law requires it.

  • Performing Traditional Burial Rites

Many Jewish funerals are held at temple or synagogue. Flowers are normally not present at a traditional Jewish funeral , as they are held to be frivolous and unnecessary. Tradition also calls for a simple wooden casket without metal parts. After the recitation of the Psalsm, reading of Scripture, and a eulogy, the mourners participate in the ritual of K’riah , the rending of the garment. This age-old tradition involves mourners tearing their clothes to show their grief. Today, many attendees now use a black ribbon attached to their clothes. Tradition holds that the day of the funeral is the first day of seven days of mourning.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma, Washington, provides a beautiful, serene setting for funeral services for all cultures. For more information, give us a call at (253) 584-0252.

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Have you learned something from our recent blog posts, which have discussed cremation through the ages and keepsake ideas for storing the ashes of a beloved pet? To explore either of these topics further, check out the resources provided below.

  • Learn about pet cremation with the help of this American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals article.
  • Visit this page to learn why you may want to consider cremation over a traditional burial.

For more information about funeral planning in the Tacoma area, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.

Dealing with Grief

Dealing with the loss of a parent, sibling, partner, or friend is one of the most difficult life circumstances a person can endure. To hear what an experienced and licensed marriage, family, and grief specialist has to say about grief, watch this video.

When grieving the loss a loved one, it is important to remember that grief is a natural process and that coping with your loss will become easier over time. It is also important to remember to seek the support of friends, families, or licensed professionals if and when you need it.

In addition to being emotionally trying, planning a loved one’s funeral in the midst of your grief can be stressful. To keep stress to a minimum, work with a funeral home that offers professional grief support services. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory , serving the Tacoma area, offers grief support groups and other helpful services. Call (253) 584-0252 to learn more about our full range of funeral services.

Understanding the Time-Honored Tradition of Cremation

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Cremation has been used as a method of handling the bodies of the deceased for thousands of years. While technological advances have made cremation cleaner and easier than ever before, the philosophy of cremation has changed little. Here’s a look at the history and evolution of the cremation process:

  • The Origins of Cremation
    The process of cremation predates any well-kept historical accounts, but some evidence suggests it has been practiced with regularity for more than 10,000 years. It is likely that cremation has its origins in present-day China, where it was once practiced primarily among monks. Archaeologists estimate that cremation was first practiced in parts of Europe and the Middle East around 3000 B.C. By1000 B.C., cremation had become a customary funeral practice in several cultures with roots throughout the Eurasian continent.
  • Cremation in Eastern Religions
    In many cultures and religions, particularly those that predominate in Southeast Asia, cremation is a rite of passage for a soul between one life and the next. In accordance with the belief of reincarnation that is adhered to by Buddhists and Hindus throughout Asia, cremation frees a spirit from its past body so that it can freely move to the next body it will inhabit.
  • Environmental Impact of Cremation
    Religion, culture, and tradition are still the primary reasons why people choose cremation over burial. However, an increasing number of individuals are choosing cremation for environmental reasons. Since the cremation process does not involve environmental contaminates such as formaldehyde, it is viewed as a green alternative to burial.

Are you looking for a full-service funeral home and crematory with a caring and dedicated staff? Scenically situated in the Tacoma area, Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you plan the appropriate services to honor your loved one. To find out more about our cremation process or any of our other funeral services, call (253) 584-0252.

Remember Your Pet with These Beautiful Keepsakes

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The passing of a beloved family pet is an incredibly emotional and difficult experience. If you choose to have your pet cremated , there are a number of beautiful keepsakes to help you remember your pet. Here are a few examples:

  • Memorial Urn

If you decide to store your pet’s ashes in an urn, you will have several options to customize the urn. If you select a traditional concave-shaped urn, for example, you can choose to engrave the name of your pet, a short epitaph, and a paw print or some other graphic that symbolizes your pet. Another option is an urn in the shape of a heart or oval, which also provides you with opportunities for inscription.

  • Teddy Bear

Another popular keepsake option for the storage of your pet’s ashes is the teddy bear cremation urn. Your pet’s cremated remains can be interned inside of a fluffy teddy bear whose clothes you can personalize in honor of your beloved pet.

  • Photo Frame

Go through photos of your pet, and choose a favorite that you would like to display on your pet’s urn. You can then meet with a cremation professional to take a look at the variety of photo-frame urns that are available to you.

  • Jewelry

Ideal for families with members living in different households or cities, choosing to store your pet’s ashes in jewelry capsules allows you to spread out your pet’s ashes. This way, several members of your family can carry the keepsake at any time. Pet cremation jewelry is available a variety of shapes, styles, and materials. Many pieces of jewelry with cremated remain capsules can also be engraved.

Are you a Tacoma resident who is looking for the perfect keepsake to memorialize your pet? If so, Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you. Call (253) 584-0252 to speak with a professional about our pet cremation services and the pet urn options we provide.

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