• Finding the Support You Need to Cope with Grief and Loss

    Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult situations anyone will ever be faced with. Whether you are saying goodbye to a close friend or relative, the grief and sadness you feel at the loss may seem overwhelming. It is completely normal to experience such feelings of grief before and after the funeral service . If you are dealing with intense feelings of grief, a trusted funeral home can able to provide you with resources to help you cope. Read on to learn how to find support in coping with grief and loss.

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    Look to Friends and Family

    Finding support in those close to you is one of the most important parts of the grieving process. Whether you share a common loss or you feel like you are going through this loss by yourself, don’t be afraid to ask the people you love for support. Chances are, the people close to you will want to do whatever they can to help you in your grieving. If you need assistance with funeral arrangements or simply a friend to lean on, reach out to those who care about you. Someday you may be able to support them in their time of need.

    Seek Counseling

    The death of a loved one can cause many complicated emotions to surface. If you are feeling like your grief is consuming you or that you need someone to talk to, seek out a professional therapist with experience working with grief issues . An experienced counselor will help you sort through your emotions and help you move through the stages of the grieving process. Many people find talking to a therapist freeing because he or she is there solely to listen to you, without any preconceived notions.

    Join a Support Group

    Hospitals, funeral homes, and therapists can all recommend grief support groups to help you in your journey. You are not alone in your grief, and it can often be helpful to hear other people’s stories and share your own.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory knows that losing a loved one is an emotional, stressful time. Call us today at (253) 584-0252 to find out about our grief support services, including our grief support groups. 

  • Ideas for Planning a Meaningful Memorial Service

    The memorial service allows the family and friends of a deceased person to celebrate his or her life in a personal way. Memorial services may be held in tandem with or as an alternative to a funeral, and they can take place anywhere from a few days to a full year or more after an individual’s passing. If you have been charged with the challenging task of planning a loved one’s memorial service and you want it to be truly special, consider the following ideas

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    Personalize the Service

    The most meaningful memorial services tend to be those that are personalized to suit the personality of the deceased. Think about your loved one’s life and passions when selecting a venue, scheduling a program, and choosing music. Incorporate his or her wishes or persona into the memorial service timeline whenever possible.

    Create a Slideshow or Video Tribute

    A photograph slideshow or memorial video can bring a great deal of meaning to a memorial service by using funny and memorable photographs and quotes from the deceased. Choreograph it to appropriate music that your loved one enjoyed.

    Ask Family and Friends to Speak and Perform

    Ask people who knew the deceased well if they would be willing to eulogize the loved one or read any scripture and literary verse you are incorporating into the service. Family members with public speaking experience and singers who are attending the memorial service may be well-suited for these roles, enhancing the personal feel of the service by using their talent to share memories of the deceased.

    Ask for Help

    The more people who knew the deceased who contribute to the service, the more meaningful it will be. Combine the assistance of family and friends with that of funeral planning professionals in order to cover more bases and broaden the appeal of the service. More minds will think of more memories and creative tributes to honor the life being celebrated at the service.

    The funeral service provider you hire can help you with every step of the memorial service planning process. To speak with a dedicated and experienced funeral planning and cremation specialist in the Tacoma area, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.

  • Memorial Service Planning Tips

    A memorial service is an ideal way to commemorate the life of a loved one. It also provides those who are in mourning with a setting in which they can honor the deceased in a formal manner. For advice on planning a special memorial service that celebrates your loved one’s life in the way he or she would have wanted, check out this brief video clip.

    As you plan the service, keep your loved one’s personality, religious beliefs, and wishes in mind. Ask friends and family members of the deceased to help you create a guest list, write an obituary, and choose a venue. To make the service even more memorable, create a video tribute, slideshow, or photo board filled with captured memories of the deceased and his or her loved ones.

    To speak with a caring and compassionate memorial service planner in the Tacoma area, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252. We can help you with all of your funeral, memorial, and cemetery-related wishes during your time of need.

  • Memorialization Services: Understanding Your Options [INFOGRAPHIC]

    When a loved one passes, honoring his or her life with a fitting memorial service is the first step in healing. There are no rules when it comes to planning a service. You can design a personalized ceremony that is a tribute to your loved one’s life and final wishes. Tacoma’s Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory put together this infographic to explain some of your options. Share it with your family and friends to help with these important decisions. In the midst of funeral planning, don’t forget to care for yourself. If you need help with your grief, take advantage of Mountain View’s grief support groups. These groups are open to anyone in the community, free of charge.


  • A Brief Guide to Appropriate Funeral Condolences

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    The feelings we experience following the loss of a loved one often confuse even ourselves. Trying to put them into words and expressing how we feel to the lovers, parents, siblings, and best friends of the deceased can be even more difficult. Follow the advice offered in this short blog post, and you should be able to convey your sympathy in a genuine, heartfelt, and well-received way.

    If you are offering your condolences at a funeral or memorial service, do so following the actual service. Show your respect by waiting patiently in any line that may form and being brief so that others have the chance to offer their regards as well. Otherwise, send a nice card or call at an appropriate time.

    Are you a Tacoma resident who is helping a grieving friend or relative plan the funeral of a loved one? You can reduce the time and stress associated with funeral planning by recommending a full-service funeral and cremation service provider who puts the well-being of the family at the core of its service offerings. To speak with a compassionate and experienced funeral planner, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory today at (253) 584-0252.