• Coping with Loss in a Healthy Way

    Losing a loved one is a challenging, perplexing, and devastating experience. That’s why it’s so important that survivors learn how to grieve in a healthy manner. It is okay to share personal feelings with those around them. Also, family and friends should understand that death evokes a variety of emotions in addition to sadness, including anger, disbelief, and fear.

    In order to recover from a heartbreaking loss, survivors should make it a priority to keep their health in check by getting enough sleep and eating plenty of food during the mourning process. For more tips on coping with loss in a safe and productive way, take a look at this video. 

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory has been assisting friends and family with funeral, cremation, and burial services for 93 years. To find out how our experience and expertise make us one of the most trusted funeral homes in Tacoma, call (253) 584-0252.


    Presented by PCVAC (Pierce County Veterans advisory council)


    Mountain View Memorial Park

    More than 700 guests expected as we pay tribute to all U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who have gone before us acknowledging the service and sacrifice  given to our Nation.

    Dedication of monuments honoring General John M.D. Shalikashvili

    and Master Sergeant Llewellyn M. Chilson

    photo and video opportunity:  MONDAY, May 27, 2013 (1:30 – 3 p.m.)

    WHAT:   Mountain View Memorial Park , the honored final resting place to thousands of U.S. veterans, will host a Joint Services Memorial Ceremony anticipating more than 700 guests, participation by local veteran and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps groups and a Monument dedication ceremony conducted by family and military service members for two highly decorated military Heroes:

    • General John M.D. Shalikashvili “General Shali” – Former Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1993 to 1997. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award given by the U.S. government) by President Bill Clinton.
    • Master Sergeant Llewellyn M. Chilson – The second most decorated soldier of World War II with 29 medals. Known by many as the “fightingest” man of the 45th infantry, he is buried at Mountain View Memorial Park.

    WHERE: MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL PARK  4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW Lakewood, WA 98499

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    WHEN: Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013,  2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (ceremony)

    ( Best time for videos/photos: 1:30 – 3 p.m. )


    • Ceremony Keynote Speaker,  Major General Bret D. Daugherty,  Washington National Guard
    • Participants include active military and veterans and JROTC groups
    • Joint Base Lewis McChord Band members
    • Anticipating More than 700 guests, including friends and family of veterans buried at Mountain View Memorial Park


    Interviews are available with  Mark Gilmore, Family Service and Cemetery Manager

    Mountain View onsite media contact: Dave Salove (206.518.4496; dave.salove@nsmg.com )

    Day of event media contact: Gretchen Krueger: 925.914.0102; gretchen@landispr.com

    FOR FURTHER INFO:  For more information about Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, click here


    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory provides end-of-life services to families from diverse religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Established in 1915, Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory has served families in the Tacoma region for four generations. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory is part of a family of cemeteries, funeral homes and crematories with locations throughout the U.S.   For more information, visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com .

    MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE: To request high resolution images or an interview with a Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory spokesperson, please contact Hilary Burns (415.561.0888/ hilary@landispr.com ).

  • Joint Services Memorial Ceremony on May 27th

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  • Visit These Sites For Helpful Funeral Tips

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    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory of Tacoma, we understand that you come to us at a very difficult time. We hope that our family-owned and operated cemetery service and funeral home can offer comfort in your grief. You could also visit the resources below for inspiration on planning a meaningful, beautiful service.

    Please call us at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about planning a funeral for your loved one.

  • Memorial Day Monday 27th at 2pm!

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  • Tips for Pre-Planning a Funeral

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    Pre-planning one’s own funeral is not a new idea; for instance, Charles Dickens dictated the dress code for the mourners at his funeral. Still, pre-planning has become increasingly popular in recent years for a number of reasons. Making pre-arrangements allows you to choose your own preferences regarding the funeral home and burial, and reduces the emotional and financial burden of your surviving family members. The extent of the pre-arrangements you wish to make is completely your decision. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

    Evaluate Cemetery Sites Choosing a family cemetery site is a wonderful way to ensure closeness among your family members when life’s journey has ended. Selecting plots well in advance allows you to keep your family together. Visit the potential sites and decide on your preferences carefully. If you prefer cremation, you may wish to designate a memorial plot.

    Consider Prepaying for Services Prepaying for funeral services will help reduce the burden on your family members. You may choose to pre-fund all or part of your funeral services. For example, you can choose to purchase your casket or urn, but forego paying for the funeral service itself. Speak with a funeral home representative to decide which options are best for you and your family.

    Decide on the Arrangements Making pre-arrangements allows you to be as flexible as you wish with your options. You can customize your entire funeral , right down to the flower arrangements and even the obituary if you wish. Alternatively, you may prefer to take a less involved approach and designate only your burial plot or the type of service you would like.

    Make Your Preferences Known After you’ve decided on your pre-arrangements, make sure your family members know what they are. Write down all of the details and make multiple copies. Give one copy to your attorney, other copies to your family members, and place another copy in a safe place where it is likely to be found.

    For assistance making pre-arrangements, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory of Tacoma at (253) 584-0252. Our compassionate, friendly staff is always happy to answer your questions. You might also visit our website to request our pre-planning guide.

  • How to Plan the Readings for a Funeral Service

    A funeral service should reflect the accomplishments and interests of the deceased. If you’re having trouble deciding how to plan the readings for your loved one’s funeral service, ask the minister or other speakers for recommendations. You should also consider your loved one’s preferences, including favorite passages from the Bible, beloved poetry, and similar writings.

    For more helpful advice on selecting the readings for your loved one’s funeral service, watch this video. The expert in this video offers some tips on determining which passages your loved one may have preferred.

    The compassionate staff of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory of Tacoma can help you plan a funeral service for your loved one. Call us at (253) 584-0252 or visit our website for inspiration.

  • Honoring Your Loved One: Cremation Memorialization Options [INFOGRAPHIC]

    After a loved one passes on, it is important to honor his or her memory with a permanent memorial. If your loved one chose cremation rather than burial, a permanent memorial can be established in a cemetery or memorial park which will give survivors a place to go to be alone with their feelings and memories. There are several different options available for storing your loved one’s ashes and honoring his or her life. Explore this infographic from Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma to learn about the different cremation memorialization options available. Please pass this infographic along to any family members who are helping you make end-of-life arrangements.