• Day of the Dead Celebration This Saturday!

    Day of the Dead Celebration

  • Grief Support Resources


    The grieving process that follows a loved one’s loss is difficult and highly personal. Reading about grief and attending support groups can provide most mourners with a certain degree of comfort.

    After looking through the following resources, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252 to speak with a funeral service provider at a funeral home that offers grief support.

  • After the Funeral: The Grieving Process When Losing a Spouse

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    Out of everyone on this earth, your spouse was probably the person you were closest to, the person who knew you better than anyone else. Accepting that you will no longer be able to see or interact with your spouse on a daily basis may be the most difficult situation you ever face. As you set out to plan your loved one’s funeral, keep the following information about the grieving process in mind for your benefit.  

    Shock When you first find that your partner has passed away, you may experience shock and denial. As you cope with the news, try to remind yourself that whatever you are feeling is natural. You have experienced a major and permanent loss, and it will take time for you to heal.

    Strong Emotions Once the initial feeling of shock subsides, strong feelings of anger, sadness, guilt and other emotions may overcome you suddenly.

    Depression and Loneliness The strong emotions you experience may give way to depression and loneliness. Accept that this is also natural, and find the love and support you need from friends, family members, and support groups.

    Acceptance Eventually, you will be able to accept your loved one’s passing and move on with your life. You will think about your spouse every day, but the feelings of despair you have experienced will fade and you will be able to find social comfort in your family and friends.

    Remembrance Although the pain subsides as you accept your loss, holidays and other special occasions may be very difficult without your spouse. Find ways to honor your loved one’s memory in a healthy way, perhaps even by starting traditions on your spouse’s birthday or the anniversary of his or her death.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory , members of the Tacoma and Lakewood communities can seek the support and education they need as they mourn the loss of their partners. To find out more about our grief support programs or other funeral services, call (253) 584-0252.

  • Mountain View Named Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2012!

    Top 100 Companies to Work For

    Seattle Business Magazine has announced the Top 100 Companies in Washington State to work for, and Mountain View made the list! Mountain View was recognized in particular for our leadership and management team.

    We would like to thank all the employees and those in our community who have made Mountain View a successful Washington business!

  • Aside from Cremation and Funeral Service: Handling the Estate

    A number of tasks must be undertaken when a loved one dies, from obtaining a death certificate to planning a funeral to considering financial and legal matters. Depending on your relation to the deceased, you may have responsibilities or privileges pertaining to your loved one’s estate.

    To learn about the steps that need to be taken by a court appointed executor to someone’s estate following that person’s death, watch this informational video clip. When going through your loved one’s belongings, look for any funeral instructions or wishes left behind to make the funeral planning and estate handling as low-stress as possible.

    A professional funeral service provider can walk you through all of the steps you take when planning a loved one’s funeral. To speak with a caretaker who is familiar with estate handling and a myriad of other post-life affairs, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252!

  • How to Decide Between Burial and Cremation for Your Loved One

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    The funeral planning process requires you to choose between burial and cremation . If your loved one had not indicated his or her preference between the two funeral rites, here are some factors to consider during the decision making process:

    Prior Indications If your loved one did not leave any specific funeral wishes behind, think back to any conversations in which he or she discussed the issue. Talk to other family members to reach a consensus about the deceased’s probable preference.

    Family Preferences If looking through written documents and talking to others doesn’t lead to particular conclusions, think about what makes the most sense for your family’s needs. If you want your loved one to have a gravesite you can bring flowers to and visit to honor his or her memory, burial and cremation are both viable options. If you would rather your loved one’s remains to be portable so that you can keep them with you at all times, then cremation is a better option for you.

    Religion Another factor to consider is religious preference . If your loved one was a practicing Christian, Jew, or Muslim to whom religious laws or customs were important, then burial is the most traditional burial practice. For practitioners of Buddhism and Hinduism, cremation is the religious custom.

    Are you a resident of the Tacoma area who is planning a loved one’s funeral? If you would like to work with a caring, dedicated, and experienced staff who offers a full range of burial, cremation, and other funeral-related services, get in touch with an employee of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory . Call (253) 584-0252 to learn about our on-site cremation chambers, beautiful cemetery grounds, and funeral ceremony facilities.