A Brief History of Eulogies, and Why They are Used at Funerals

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A eulogy is a time-honored way of paying your respects at a loved one’s funeral and sharing with mourners how much he or she meant to you. There is a fascinating history behind these much-loved funeral speeches. You can trace their history for yourself by reading below:

Ancient Origins The eulogy takes its roots in ancient Greece , with the noted scholar and poet Callimachus. Callimachus’ writing was not what we now think of as a eulogy; rather, it was a means of expressing powerful emotions, such as those that follow the passing of a loved one, in a shorter form than a full-length epic poem. He called it “elegy.” Readers quickly fell in love with this vivid style of expressing emotion, and soon Roman writers were using the elegy to tell stories and myths.

Mournful Tone The elegy first began to pick up its mournful nature in the 1800s, when English poets like Lord Tennyson and Thomas Gray gave it their own spin. Tennyson, for example, took the traditional emotional context of an elegy and gave it a sorrowful tone in his famous ballad, “The Lady of Shallott.” Similarly, Gray wrote “Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard,” which used the elegy to convey solitude, grief, and foreboding. This take on the elegy inspired more poets of the time to follow suit.

Eulogy Many writers of the Romantic Era tried to use elegiac poetry in a lyrical manner. However, such famous poets as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge agreed that the elegy worked best as an expression of mourning and lamentation, and lyrical uses of the elegy gradually fell out of favor. As the years went on, the elegy eventually became the eulogy, earning a reputation as a customary means of expressing sorrows and sharing memories of the deceased.

Writing a eulogy can be a challenge, even if you knew the deceased very well. The funeral directors at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory are here to help you write your eulogy, as well as plan all other aspects of a beautiful funeral that your loved one deserves. Call us today at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about our services .

Find the Funeral Advice You’re Looking For With These Resources

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Arranging a funeral is a tough responsibility when your heart is heavy, which is why working with the right funeral director makes all the difference. At the same time, you can make the process run as smoothly as possible by learning the ins and outs of funeral planning on your own time. Check out these links for more information and advice on putting together a service that honors your loved one’s memory and uplifts attendees.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory has humbly served the Tacoma area for over 90 years. Call us at (253) 584-0252 for help planning a service, finding a final resting place, or securing grief counseling.

How to Plan a Wake

In the context of funeral services , the wake is a time for family and friends to come together and have private time with the deceased before the ceremony. Arrangements for the wake should respect the deceased’s wishes and offer comfort to loved ones.

In this video, you will learn some wake planning tips and ideas. For starters, the wake doesn’t have to take place at the funeral home. You can invite loved ones to the family’s home or somewhere else that bears significance to the deceased. Public locations that represent a lifetime of dedication are excellent choices.

 

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory will help you plan every part of your loved one’s funeral service , including the wake. Call us at (253) 584-0252 for funeral, cremation, and burial services in the Tacoma area.

Funeral Director’s Advice: How to Send Condolences to Those Who Have Lost a Loved One

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When a friend loses a loved one, the best way to show support isn’t always apparent. While people respond to death in different ways, it’s important that you offer condolences in a way that respects the individual’s grieving process. Following proper etiquette for offering condolences will assure that you uplift your friends while simultaneously being considerate of their feelings.

Don’t Be Overly Aggressive or Passive Resist the urge to tell people how they should grieve, as everyone does so in his or her own way. Instead, be quick to listen and slow to speak. Only offer advice if asked. If you are the type of personality more likely to avoid the subject, remember that it’s more helpful to respectfully embrace the reality of the situation alongside your friend. You should also acknowledge the deceased by name and don’t avoid the conversation.

Calls, Cards, and Flowers A condolences call can be encouraging to the family, especially if you are not sure whether or not a visit to the home is appropriate. If you call and no one picks up, leave a message, as they may listen to it together later. Ask the family if they are accepting cards, flowers, or something else like donations to a favorite charity in honor of the deceased. Ultimately, this time is about the family’s wishes, so your offerings should fall in line with that.

Offer Your Help Sometimes a grieving family can be so overwhelmed with funeral arrangements and related concerns that they lose sight of some basics. If the funeral arrangements are watertight, offer to cook, clean, or help out with errands and day-to-day tasks. This support may seem unconventional, but it can make a big difference in the family’s quality of life in the short term. Your humble servitude will represent the purest and sincerest form of giving.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory , we humbly cater to your needs and the wishes of the deceased. Call us at (253) 584-0252 to plan a Tacoma area service that is uplifting and respectful of your loved one’s memory today.

What You Need to Know About the Choice of a Mausoleum

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Settling on your loved one’s final resting place is not a decision that should be made lightly. Mausoleums incorporate both monument and entombment in a safe, dry location that preserves the body better than burial does. Depending on your casket and entombment options, the choice to use a mausoleum can also be a cost-efficient one. Your funeral director can guide you through mausoleum internment so you can make the perfect place for your loved one to rest. In the meantime, here are a few things you should know about mausoleums.

Preservation Even with the best caskets, your loved one will fully decompose and become part of the soil to which he or she has been committed. In a mausoleum, being above ground and in the path of natural air flow will preserve the body much better than a grave. Mausoleum conditions aid the mummification process, allowing the body to decompose slowly and neatly.

Community Service Because mausoleum internment preserves the human body so well, your loved one can help even more lives even after his passing. If he or she elected to donate his body to medicine, mausoleum internment will be largely responsible for keeping the body in a condition that is useful to doctors and scientists.

Financial Implications Burial plots and services can be costly enough on their own. However, some people buy expensive specially sealed caskets with the intention of slowing down the inevitable decomposition that comes with burial. Depending on the specifics of your service and entombment, it is possible to preserve your loved one even more effectively in a mausoleum while spending less.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory will help you respectfully lay your loved one to rest within the context of your budget. Call us at (253) 584-0252 for funeral, mausoleum internment, and cremation services in the Tacoma, WA area . We also offer grief services and pre-arrangement so you can plan funeral arrangements ahead of time.

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