• Tips To Help Ease the Grieving Process

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    The loss of a loved one causes irreversible changes. With time; however, you may find that you grow to accept the loss. Although you will never forget those who have passed on, you may find some sense of closure following the funeral . As you work through the grieving process, consider whether the following tips may help you cope.

    Feeling Your Emotions

    Grief is a highly individual response; no two people will feel the same spectrum of emotions following the loss of a loved one. Some people may try to avoid feeling their emotions in an attempt to stay strong or to avoid feeling the hurt. However, acknowledging your emotions and allowing yourself to grieve is an integral part of the healing process. Some mourners find comfort in writing a letter to their lost loved ones to express thoughts and feelings that they wished they had conveyed before the loss. You might try keeping a journal to chronicle your feelings, and you may also feel comfort in visiting the memorial park or cemetery.

    Taking Care of Yourself

    It’s quite common for the bereaved to neglect self-care measures. You may neglect to eat properly or to exercise, or you may neglect to take prescription medications to manage a medical condition. Grieving itself exerts significant stress on the body. However, caring for your physical well-being is an essential step toward healing your soul. Remind yourself that your lost loved one would have wanted you to care for yourself properly.

    Interacting with Friends

    Sometimes, the company of friends can offer tremendous comfort in times of sorrow. Avoiding social isolation may help you to navigate the grieving process. However, a well-intentioned friend may at times try to force you to move toward healing at a pace that feels unnatural to you. Remind friends that it’s natural to allow yourself to feel your emotions .

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Cematory offers an aftercare program for Tacoma residents who have lost loved ones. Please join our grief support services at any time of the day or night. If you would like to arrange for a funeral, memorial creation, or cremation, please call our funeral home at (253) 584-0252.

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  • Helping Someone You Love Cope with the Death of a Spouse

    When someone you love has lost a spouse, it’s important to remember that everyone grieves differently . Adjust how you interact with your loved one in accordance with his or her needs. For example, your loved one may need some time to be alone, or he or she may prefer to talk through the issues. Let your loved one know that you are there for him or her, but avoid trying to force your loved one to discuss the loss. When talking about the deceased, always use his or her name.

    In addition to offering emotional support, you can help your loved one deal with practical affairs. Your loved one may appreciate your help in planning the funeral service and contacting other relatives. A bereaved spouse may also feel at a loss as to carrying out day-to-day activities. Oftentimes, couples split duties. For example, if the deceased primarily handled financial matters, your loved one may need some assistance in this area. Additionally, your loved one may appreciate your offer to do chores or errands.

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    When it’s time to honor a loved one, the compassionate staff members of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory are here for you. Families in the Tacoma area can reach us at (253) 584-0252 for grief support services and assistance planning a  funeral or cremation .

  • A Closer Look at Russian Funeral Ceremonies

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    Adhering to treasured national customs is one way to honor your loved one’s final wishes. Russian funeral ceremonies often follow in the traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church, which retains some echoes of the Greek Orthodox Church. Russian Orthodox traditions may also be combined with various folk traditions. If your loved one made funeral pre-arrangements that included instructions to follow Russian traditions, you can expect the following ceremonies for the burial, funeral, and memorial.

    Burial Preparation

    In accordance with Russian tradition, the body of a loved one must be washed and dressed in white clothing. White clothing symbolizes purity. Often, the selected clothing is handmade and not quite finished, which symbolizes its otherworldliness. The body must also be buried with a belt, which reflects the wearer’s dedication to his or her religion. The body is then arranged in the home for three days, before being placed in a coffin. Family members and friends may place cherished items in the coffin.

    Funeral Service

    At the funeral service, a bell is rung once in a high-to-low note to call mourners to the funeral. A priest offers a prayer service and then mourners toss dirt onto the grave. After the priest places a paper crown on the head of the lost loved one, mourners may toss additional soil and coins into the grave. Later, mourners sing songs that depict their grief and love for the deceased.

    Memorial Dinner

    On the day of the funeral, family members and friends are expected to join together for a memorial dinner . Another dinner and a church service are held on the ninth day, when it is said that the soul leaves the body. In the Russian tradition, the soul departs for the world beyond on the 40th day, on which another memorial dinner and service are held.

    The compassionate staff of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory understands the importance of honoring traditions and respecting a loved one’s final wishes. We’ll help you design a funeral service that conforms to your culture’s traditions. Please call our funeral home and memorial park at (253) 584-0252 or visit our facility in Tacoma.

  • A Guide to Funeral Planning

    When a loved one passes, there are typically only a few days in which to plan the funeral service. This is one reason why many people are choosing to preplan their funerals. When making the arrangements, you’ll first meet with the funeral home director and decide which type of service to have. You’ll decide between a cremation or a burial, and you’ll decide between having the funeral service at the funeral home or at a church.

    For other important factors to consider, watch this video. This expert discusses the selection of music, the type of casket or vault, and the selection of a minister or other speakers.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory offers pre-arrangement services, cremation, and cemetery options. If you wish to learn more about our compassionate services , please call our Tacoma office at (253) 584-0252.

  • Taking a Look at Traditional Chinese Funeral Ceremonies

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    Many cultures have age-old conventions that they practice upon the death of individuals in their community, and Chinese society is no different. This culture has very specific rites that they faithfully carry out for funeral and cemetery services . The following information highlights some of these longstanding activities.

    Family Rituals

    In honor of the deceased, family members may be quite vocal during the funeral services of a loved one. Loud weeping is seen as a sign of respect. The deceased’s coffin must also be brought inside the house during the funeral services if he passed away in the home. Once the memorial part of the ceremony is complete, the family must travel to the burial site behind the vehicle carrying the casket. If the deceased has a son, he is the first person to lead the processional. The oldest remaining members of the family will follow.

    Burial Arrangements

    The family attends the burial segment of the funeral services . Here, they can each put mounds of earth on the surface of the casket after it is in its final resting place. Some soil is kept for future rituals that will pay tribute to the individual that has died. It’s also very important that the burial take place on elevated ground if possible.

    Honor Customs

    In Chinese culture, the oldest members of the community are the ones given the highest form of veneration. When someone of advanced age dies, it becomes the responsibility of his children to arrange and pay for his funeral and burial needs. In the event that a person with no children passes away, he cannot be given the same level of respect, no matter his age.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma strives to uphold the cultural practices and honor ceremonies of each family that uses our funeral home services. If you would like to speak with an associate about your cremation or burial needs, call (253) 584-0252. We can also make pre-arrangements for those who would like to have their funeral services prepared in advance.