• Do You Ever Stop Grieving the Loss of a Loved One?

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    After you lose someone you love, the grief can be overwhelming. Often, the truly difficult part comes after you leave the funeral home and life returns to normal for those around you. When you lose a loved one, you will feel his or her absence acutely in the big and little things that happen each day. Grief seldom ends at the funeral, but is there a time when it finally eases?

    Understanding the Grieving Process

    Grief is both normal and very personal. No one grieves quite like anyone else, and there is no timetable for the process. A large part of grieving may come down to the nature of the loss. If your loved one was suffering, your grief may be tempered by the knowledge that his or her pain is over. An unexpected passing may bring feelings of confusion or anger that exacerbate grief. The most important thing to understand about grief, however, is that there is nothing to understand. You can and should grieve in your own way without pressure to hurry up and get over it. Most people who have experienced a significant loss say that grief doesn’t have an ending point. Instead, it’s more of a process of adjusting to the loss and learning to carry it with you.

    Signs You Should Seek Help for Your Grief

    Grief can be an extreme trauma for anyone, and some signs may indicate that you need help working through your feelings. If your grief is interfering with your ability to maintain your relationships and professional responsibilities, then you may need assistance arriving at a place where you can honor your loved one’s memory while still living your own life.

    A fitting memorial service can be a powerful part of coping with grief. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, & Crematory can help. Let our funeral home staff assist you as you plan the funeral or cremation service. We even have grief resources available. You can reach our Tacoma-area funeral home at (253) 584-0252. 

  • A Glimpse into South Korean Funeral Rituals

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    During a funeral, recognizing cultural customs are important. Historically, South Korean funeral rituals were very elaborate, but in modern times, traditions have become more simplified. At Mountain View Funeral Home , our caring staff can help you incorporate South Korean rituals into your loved one’s funeral service in whatever way you see fit. Here is a look at South Korean funeral traditions that you may wish to consider.

    Funeral Length

    South Korean funerals typically last for three days, allowing friends and family members time to get into town to pay their final respects. Traditionally, it is the responsibility of the oldest son of the deceased to make sure funeral arrangements are made and that all parts of the service go smoothly. In modern times, that role can be played by whoever is best-suited to handle the job. You may wish to honor the three-day ritual by arranging for visitations to be held on three separate days, followed by a funeral service.

    Funeral Dress

    South Korean mourners traditionally wore robes and hats made of hemp. The length of the mourning cloths indicated the relationship with the deceased. Now, it is common for mourners of both genders to wear black clothing. If the eldest son is taking charge of funeral arrangements, he may wear a black suit with a hemp hat.

    Funeral Offerings

    If you are a guest at a South Korean funeral, it is traditional to give a monetary offering to the family at the service. This money, similar to money collected at a wedding, is to help offset the cost of burial for the family. Many families place a collection envelope near the guest book at the visitation area in the funeral home.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, & Crematory welcomes and accommodates funeral customs from all cultures and religions. Our Tacoma funeral home can help you devise a service that truly befits your lost loved one. To find out how we can help you, please call us at (253) 584-0252. 

  • Ways to Honor Your Deceased Loved One at Your Wedding

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    The absence of a lost loved one can weigh heavily during weddings and other special occasions. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find a way to pay tribute to a deceased loved one at a wedding without putting stress on an otherwise happy event. However, there are plenty of ways to invite the memory of lost loved ones into a ceremony without casting sadness over the affair.

    Music is a wonderful way to honor a deceased loved one at a wedding. Play a favorite song and dedicate it to his or her memory. You can also honor lost loved ones with special flowers in the bridal bouquet or on the wedding altar. Another idea is to incorporate something from the deceased into the ceremony, such as a special item of clothing or piece of jewelry. Displaying photographs and setting a place at a dining table are other ways to remember a deceased friend or family member.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, & Crematory, our funeral home staff can assist you with planning the right tribute for your loved one after a loss. When you need help, call our Tacoma-area funeral home at (253) 584-0252.

  • How Different Cultures Honor Their Deceased Loved Ones

    Each culture has its own way of paying tribute to lost loved ones. One tradition in many Spanish-speaking cultures is the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This day gives people a chance to grieve lost loved ones and celebrate the lives they lived.

    This video explains the spirit behind Dia de los Muertos and offers a glimpse of a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Traditionally, family members build altars that feature photos, candles, and trinkets that represent the memory of their deceased loved ones.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, & Crematory, we can incorporate your family’s traditions into the service you are planning. Learn more about the work we do at our Tacoma-area funeral home by calling (253) 584-0252.