• Examining the Importance of Obituaries

    Mourning woman holding obituary

    An obituary is a brief written statement meant to inform the community of the death of a person who recently passed. Obituaries usually appear in the newspaper where the deceased lived recently, but can also be printed in a hometown newspaper or other newspapers where the deceased lived previously. To learn more about the importance of obituaries and how a funeral home professional can help you with the process of planning a funeral, read on.

    Time to Reflect on the Life of the Deceased

    Writing an obituary gives you the unique opportunity to reflect on the life of the deceased and choose which details to share with the community. The obituary will probably discuss some of the passions and life accomplishments of the deceased, and will be visible to the entire community.

    Closure for Those Who Knew the Deceased

    Family members, friends, and colleagues of the deceased will be able to read the obituary and learn about any upcoming funeral services. In some cases, the obituary will mention a charity to which people can donate if they want to express their condolences but cannot make it to the funeral service. 

    Chance for Others to Reach Out to Remaining Relatives

    Many obituaries include the names of relatives who have survived the deceased. After reading the obituary, if a person who knew the deceased wants to reach out to the remaining relatives, he or she will have that opportunity.

    Opportunity to Connect with the Community

    Another important role of the obituary is to inform the public of a person’s death. While the vast majority of people who read the obituary will not know the deceased, it still gives the community a glimpse at the life he or she led.

    If you are writing an obituary or planning a funeral service, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory near Tacoma at (253) 584-0252. We will be happy to answer your questions or help you with any arrangements. Visit our website to learn more about what our funeral home can do to help.

  • Advice for Planning a Graveside Service

    A graveside service can be a stand-alone event or something that precedes or follows a funeral service. Graveside services are usually brief, and most people like to plan to have a prayer, reading, or eulogy recited before lowering the casket into the ground. Some people like to also have guests take turns shoveling dirt into the grave. Talk with the funeral home where you are having the graveside service to decide on a path to the grave, and to ensure that there is sufficient seating. This video clip provides additional information to help with planning a graveside ceremony.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we have years of experience helping families plan the ceremony they want. Call our Tacoma funeral home at (253) 584-0252 or visit our website to find out what we can do to help plan a graveside ceremony for your loved one.

  • What Financial Assistance Is Available for Funerals?

    Stressed Senior Couple Calculating Budget

    When you lose a loved one, it can be difficult to deal with practical matters such as finances. This is why it’s important to work with a funeral home that offers comprehensive assistance with every aspect of the funeral planning process, including providing helpful information about affording the funeral. The cost of a funeral can often be offset by your loved one’s life insurance policy, if he or she had one. You may also explore survivor’s benefits from the Social Security Administration. You could be eligible for a lump sum death payment if you’re the surviving spouse or surviving child of the deceased.

    The professional at the funeral home can direct you to other sources of funding for your loved one’s funeral. Various organizations, including those for unions and veterans, offer assistance with funeral costs. You may also be eligible to receive public aid allowance from the state or local municipality. 

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma, we will work closely with you to ensure your loved one has the funeral service he or she deserves. Contact us at (253) 584-0252 to find out more about the services we provide. We’ll help make the funeral process as easy on you as possible. 

  • The Advantages of Holding a Reception at Mountain View

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    It’s never easy when a loved one passes away, no matter what stage of life she was in. To celebrate a life well-lived, consider holding a funeral and reception at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. A reception is a good way to greet and thank your friends and family for coming out to support you and remembering your loved one. When you hold the reception at Mountain View, you won’t have to worry about guests transporting themselves to a different location. We have two reception rooms you can use after the service takes place, and we can accommodate up to 200 guests. Both rooms have a flat-screen television where you can run a slideshow of photographs of your loved one’s life, or even family movies to remember the good times that are past.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory of Tacoma offers full-service funeral planning as well as burial and cremation options . Call us at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about holding a funeral reception in one of our beautiful and welcoming spaces.