• Vietnamese Funeral Traditions

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    Vietnamese culture places a great deal of emphasis on honoring those who have passed and allowing mourning family and friends time to grieve for their loss. Though the faith of the decreased may slightly alter the practices that family and friends perform during a funeral , the following aspects of a traditional Vietnamese funeral generally remain the same from one family to the next.

    Family Visitation

    When a loved one passes, his family washes his body and places clean white garments on him. To honor his passing, immediate family members also wear white attire. Before the formal funeral process begins, the family is given time to be with their decreased loved one and commemorate him.

    Guest Visitation

    Once the immediate family has sufficient time to grieve in private , other family members and close friends can come to the private home or funeral home to pay tribute to the deceased. These individuals are given the chance to view the body of the passed loved one. In honor of him, guests at the funeral may also give bouquets or financial gifts to the family.


    The burial of a loved one is an occasion that all individuals—including immediate family, distant family, and friends—may attend. The outdoor setting in which the burial takes place may vary according to the custom of the family. In some Vietnamese traditions, the burial may be carried out with little outward emotion displayed by those in attendance. In some families, though, the eldest son may display his grief in public to make known the pain he is feeling over the loss of the loved one.

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  • Ways to Honor Your Departed Loved One at Home

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    A trip to the memorial park where your loved one rests can provide great solace in moments of sadness or loneliness. However, you can find that same sense of connection and peace with your loved one at home. Let the following suggestions inspire you to create a lasting reminder of your loved one in your own way:

    Display Their Accomplishments

    Was your loved one in the military? Did he have a distinguished academic career? Whatever your loved one’s most celebrated accomplishments , you can put them on display in your home. Upon the passing of a loved one who served in the military, you may receive an American flag, which you can place on a table or hang on your wall. You can also hang the diploma of a loved one who completed college or graduate school.

    Remember Them in Photographs

    A wonderful way to remember a loved one is to put up photographs of him in your home. You can choose pictures from any era of his life, or you can arrange a group of photos that depict your loved one throughout his life. A collection of photographs hung in a well-lit hallway or library makes a fitting tribute to a passed parent, spouse, or other cherished person in your life. You can also make a single framed picture the centerpiece in your dining room or another special area of the house.

    Showcase Their Interests

    Was your loved one known for his love of history? Did he enjoy taking vacations around the world? If your loved one had a special interest, let it guide your efforts in honoring his life. Dedicate a section of shelves to the souvenirs he collected on his travels. Showcase knickknacks from the period of history about which he enjoying reading and learning. You might start a garden or flower patch in honor of someone who enjoying being outdoors.

    Let Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory help you honor your loved one. Our capable and compassionate funeral planning experts can guide you toward the services that will best commemorate and pay tribute to your family member. Call (253) 584-0252 or visit our website for more information on our services for the Tacoma community.

  • How Long Is the Grieving Period?


    Upon experiencing loss, some people may wonder when they will be over the period of pain and loneliness that the death of a loved one has brought. However, the grieving period varies from person to person. No single timeframe applies to all individuals who suffer loss. In many instances, people cite that the first year is often the most challenging, as they must experience their first birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas without the person they love. Still, the passage of one calendar year may not bring serenity or closure to a person in grief. Allow the grieving period to last as long as necessary. Though the void left by a lost loved one can never be filled, peace can eventually take the place of anger and hurt.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory  offers grief support services for individuals who are mourning the passing of loved ones. We also provide pre-arrangement and funeral services for residents of Tacoma and the surrounding communities. Call (253) 584-0252 to learn more about how we can help you during this time.

  • A Look at How Mexico Honors the Dead

    Each November, families in Mexico welcome the spirits of deceased loved ones into their homes. This video below discusses this yearly tradition in more detail.

    The Day of the Dead is an opportunity to remember friends and family members who have passed on. During this holiday, many people display traditional Day of the Dead dolls, which look like skeletons dressed in elaborate attire. These dolls are a representation of the spirits that the families hope to receive. As with many other types of commemorative celebrations, Day of the Dead allows the living to stay close with loved ones who are no longer alive.

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