The following resources may provide you with solace or assistance with funeral planning and etiquette. To speak with a funeral service provider in the Tacoma area who offers a full-range of funeral services, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252!
· Find out more about offering words of sympathy and gifts to a bereaved loved one with the help of this guide from HowToDoThings.com.
· Learn more about the many factors that should play a role in planning a funeral in this Everyday Health article.
· Read about how funeral etiquette varies between different religious, cultural, and ethnic communities at the A to Z Manners of Etiquette website.
· Visit Livestrong.com for some more tips on planning a funeral for a loved one .
· For some simple funeral etiquette tips that will help you show your loved one that you care during his or her time of need, take a look at this Yahoo! Voices article.
When a family member or close friend is mourning the death of a loved one, it is natural to want to provide that individual with as much support as possible. Knowing what gestures of support are appropriate, however, is not always easy. From offering your condolences prior to the funeral to visiting the home of your bereaved loved one after the funeral has been conducted, this guide offers advice to properly support your loved one during his or her time of need.
Before the Funeral
Upon hearing the sad news, pick up a sympathy card or make one yourself and think of a kind gesture that will show your loved one that he or she is in your thoughts and prayers. Depending on how close you are to the individual who is grieving, it may even be appropriate to offer help with funeral planning or ask if there is anything you can do to make the process easier.
At the Funeral
During the funeral ceremony, it is important to dress and behave appropriately. Unless otherwise indicated on the funeral announcement or by the family of the deceased, dress conservatively. Black is usually a safe color, but other dark colors are also acceptable at most modern-day funerals. Extend your condolences again, and feel free to share a memory or mention a positive attribute about the deceased. If many people are waiting to offer their condolences, try to be brief.
After the Funeral
Once the funeral has been conducted, your loved one is likely to still be dealing with a lot. Pay another visit to his or her home and ask again if there is anything you can do to support him or her. Bring flowers or a gift that shows how much you care.
One of the most helpful gestures you can make is to assist your loved one in funding a funeral home. Offering a full-range of funeral and cremation services in the Tacoma area, Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help your loved one every step of the way. To speak with a caring and experienced funeral service provider today, call (253) 584-0252.
Deciding between cremation and burial is one of the first and most important decisions to make when planning a loved one’s funeral. Watch this informational video clip for some advice that may help make this decision less stressful.
While cremation and burial are entirely different methods for handling the body after death, this video sheds some light on the similarities between the two processes. Because cost and convenience are roughly equivalent, the decision you make should be based entirely on personal factors and considerations.
If you would like to find out more about cremation and burial options in the Tacoma area, a funeral service provider at Mountain View Funeral Homes, Memorial Park & Crematory can help. Call (253) 584-0252 to find out more about the full range of at-need and pre-need funeral services we provide to resident of the Tacoma area.
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The loss of a loved one can be devastating, and it is difficult for many people to find the strength and motivation to make funeral arrangements in the midst of the grief and despair they experience following a loved one’s death. A funeral, however, is designed to help the family and friends of a loved one acknowledge and begin to accept his or her passing from this life. To help you plan a funeral that honors your loved one in a personalized and memorable way, consider the following advice.
Select a Body Handling Method
One of the most important decisions to make following the death of a loved one is between cremation and burial. If your loved one did not leave any last wishes behind, consider his or her religious beliefs and personality when making this decision.
Choose a Location
Funeral home facilities and religious houses of worship are ideal settings for many funerals, but they are not your only options. If you think it would be more appropriate to honor your loved one’s life outdoors, in a community center, or in a sporting venue, discuss non-traditional funeral service locations with your funeral director.
Design a Program
Music, floral arrangements, religious or inspirational readings, and eulogies are all components of most funeral services. As you put together a funeral program for your loved one, let his or her interests, habits, and characteristics weigh at least as heavily as conventional norms. Choose music and readings that evoke memories of your loved one, and consider adding a personal touch such as a photo slide show or video montage.
Are you a Tacoma area resident in need of a compassionate and experienced funeral director’s assistance? Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory is a full-service funeral home staffed by caring and dedicated funeral service providers. To speak with a professional who can help you plan a funeral, call (253) 584-0252.
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