Planning the Readings for a Memorial Service

Families use each component of a funeral to reflect on a loved one’s memory and legacy. The following video from eHow.com offers tips for family members to personalize and plan the readings for a memorial service.

Funeral arts professional Steve Spann explains how the content is typically decided between the family and the primary speaker leading the service. Families can choose from poems or verses that were favorites of the recently departed. The best memorial service readings serve both as reflective memorial and living tribute

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you lay your deceased loved one to rest. We have 120 developed acres of serene grounds located in the Tacoma area. Call (253) 584-0252 to speak with a funeral home representative.  

Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Funeral Planning

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No one wants to think about the mortality of their parents. Still, it’s something that everyone must confront. Though it may be a difficult topic, discussing your parent’s funeral arrangements is important for preparing yourself and your family for your parents’ inevitable passing. Here are a few suggestions that will help you and your parents begin the conversation about funeral preplanning .  

Start the Conversation Early

The sooner you broach the topic of funeral preplanning, the more time your parents will have to think about it and begin the planning process. You might discuss the idea of preplanning your own funeral to convince your parents that they should do the same. However you introduce the topic, be sure to demonstrate that you have your family’s best interests at heart.

Focus on Practical Benefits

Many people are hesitant to preplan their own funerals because they don’t want family members to “make a fuss.” When discussing the prospect of preplanning a funeral, tell your parents that preplanning can actually make the funeral planning process much easier. By preplanning their funerals, your parents can take the pressure of organizing the funeral off the surviving family members, thus simplifying the grieving process . Preplanning also ensures that your parents’ funeral ceremony and burial wishes are honored.   

Offer to Help with Planning

If your parents are still hesitant to preplan their funerals, you might consider offering your help. You can assist with online research, help rule out burial options, and speak with a funeral home representative. Preplanning a funeral doesn’t take a long time—chances are your parents already have a good idea of how they wish to be memorialized. After you get preplanning out of the way, you and your parents can focus on enjoying the time you have left.

Saying goodbye to a parent is never easy. To help take make the grieving process less stressful, have your parents preplan their funerals with Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. We offer a range of tasteful and respectful funeral services. Call our Tacoma-area funeral home at (253) 584-0252 or visit our website if you have any questions.

What is Grief or Bereavement?

After the loss of a loved one, you often hear words like “grief” or “bereavement.” Though you probably have a basic understanding of these words, you may not be clear on their explicit meanings.    

In this short video, motivational speaker David Kessler discusses the concepts of grief and bereavement. Grief, he says, is the emptiness or sadness felt in the wake of losing a loved one, while bereavement refers to a period of time during which grief is felt.

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, contact  Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory . One of our respectful funeral directors can arrange a funeral or memorial that will help you and your loved ones find closure. For more information, call us at (253) 584-0252.     

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