• Why Everyone Needs a Will

    If you’re in your 40s, you probably haven’t thought much about your will. According to the AARP, 2 out of 5 adults over 45 do not have a will. For the sake of your loved ones, you should consider writing a will so your wishes will be known after your passing.

    This video discusses how easy it is to draft a will. If you have over $2 million worth of assets, you might consider hiring a lawyer to help you with your will. Otherwise, you can visit buildawill.com or legalzoom.com and write your will yourself. Be sure to give copies of your will to your witness and executor, and keep another copy in a safe deposit box or another safe place. 

    Another way to make your passing easier for your loved ones is to pre-plan your funeral with help from Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. Call our Tacoma-area facility at (253) 584-0252 to learn about our pre-arrangement services

  • Etiquette Tips for Taking a Child to a Funeral

    Real People: Headshot Caucasian Young Adult Mother Comforting Her Daughter

    Children aren’t born with a fear of death—it’s something they learn as they get older. Considering this fact, it can be difficult for parents to guess how their children will behave at a funeral. If you’re planning on taking a child to a funeral , consider the following tips:

    Gauge Your Child’s Behavior

    No one knows your child better than you. If you don’t think it’s appropriate to bring your child to a funeral, consider leaving him at home with a sitter. You should never force your child to attend a funeral, as doing so can increase the chances that he will act out. If your child is relatively well mannered and expresses interest in attending the funeral, bring him along.

    Explain the Gravity of the Event

    If your child is four years old or older, sit him down and explain what a funeral is. Explain that there will be a lot of sad people at the event, and make sure he understands how important it is to be silent and respectful during the ceremony . You might consider offering him a reward for being a good boy. To keep your child occupied during the funeral, you might bring along some toys, coloring books, or other silent activities.   

    Find a Spot Near the Exit

    You know how kids are. No matter how well you explain the gravity of the situation or what you promise as a reward, there’s no guarantee that your child will remain silent for the duration of the funeral. That’s why it’s a good idea to reserve a seat by the exit. For the most part, people understand how kids behave—if your child starts screaming during the service, you can just slip out the door, console him, and return to your seat without seeming disrespectful.     

    Call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252 to learn about our funeral services and accommodations for children. We promise to provide nothing but the highest level of respect, professionalism, and compassion as you say your final goodbye.  

  • Should You Send Sympathy Flowers to the Viewing or to the Funeral?

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    Death is a difficult subject that most people don’t have to face very often. For this reason, some people have trouble knowing what to do or how to act when a friend or loved one suffers a loss. While flowers are common funeral gifts, it’s important to keep a few rules in mind when sending them to the bereaved.

    Many people have trouble deciding when and where they should send flowers. During a viewing, friends and family members come and go as they say goodbye to their loved one. A funeral has much more of a ceremonial feel, with speeches, remembrances, and songs. Flowers can be sent to either or both events, so long as they are sent beforehand. This gives the funeral home staff time to arrange the flowers in an attractive manner. If an invitation explicitly requests that guests do not bring flowers, honor that request.  

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you pay your respects with flowers and other gifts. You can reach our Tacoma-area funeral home by calling (253) 584-0252.  

  • What are the Different Stages of Grief?

    Though no two people grieve the same way, psychiatrists have observed trends and patterns in the way people respond to tragedy. This video offers a brief overview of the five stages of grief. 

    The first stage of grief is denial, at which point an individual has trouble believing that the tragedy has occurred. Individuals might then feel anger at themselves, their deceased loved one, or a higher power, and attempt to bargain for more time with a lost loved one. After a period of depression, an individual eventually accepts the loss and begins to move on.

    For professional support during your time of hardship, rely on the experts at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. We can take care of the logistics of putting your loved one to rest as you focus on moving on. Call our Tacoma-area office (253) 584-0252 to speak with a compassionate representative.