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A wake is a visitation with the deceased that traditionally involves a vigil beside his or her casket. It is a time for family and friends to come together before the funeral ceremony. The wake is an opportunity for loved ones to pay their respects to both the deceased and his or her family. The wake can be held at a funeral home, a house, a church, a community center, or outdoors. Watch the video to learn more about what a wake and how to plan one.
Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park offers a lush 120-acre cemetery in Tacoma, as well as pre-arrangements and cremation services. If you need assistance planning your loved one’s funeral, call us at (253) 584-0252 or visit our website.
Planning a funeral can be a challenge, but many people find that it is easier to do sooner rather than later. Arranging for a funeral in advance also takes away much of the stress of the planning process. For tips on making funeral pre-arrangements in Tacoma .
Pre-Plan Well In Advance
There are many other benefits to pre-planning a funeral , and thinking about these benefits can help you manage stress levels as you plan. First, pre-planning eliminates the time pressure of planning a funeral following the death of a loved one. It also allows you and your family to focus on mourning and healing after the death of a loved one, rather than having to make last-minute arrangements. Lastly, pre-planning also saves a great deal of money, as many people tend to make emotionally motivated decisions when making funeral arrangements at the eleventh hour.
Take Care of Yourself
It’s not easy planning a funeral, so it’s important to practice self-care. To stay healthy and avoid emotional burnout, be sure to exercise, eat right, and get plenty of sleep. Some people find it helpful to socialize, while others prefer to be alone. Listen to your emotional needs, and ask friends, family, spiritual leaders, or a counselor if you need support.
Check Out the Funeral Home Thoroughly
Get price lists from each funeral home that you visit, and use this information to draft a budget. Make sure each funeral home has a license and decent reviews on sites like Google and Yelp. If you arrange and pay for services in advance, save copies of the receipts and other documentation and keep them in a safe place that will be available to loved ones.
At Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park we have helped thousands of people make pre-arrangements at our 120-acre cemetery in Tacoma . We offer a full-service facility with three chapels, two reception areas, and an on-site cremation chamber as well. For more information, call us at (253) 584-0252 or visit our website.
Mountain View Funeral Home is building a new Mausoleum called the Mt. Rainer Memorial Mausoleum and Garden. For more information, visit our website .
While the traditional choice is often considered to be burial, many Americans are now choosing cremation as a way to care for the body of your loved one. It’s not an easy decision to make on behalf of your loved one, so the first recommendation we offer is to think about what he or she would have wanted. If they never mentioned a preference between the two, carefully consider the pros and cons of each option. If you go with a burial, you will need to choose a casket, vault, and cemetery. If you opt for cremation, you will have the option of placing the cremated remains on the cemetery grounds, taking the remains home in an urn, or scattering the remains at an appropriate place.
For help on choosing between burial and cremation, contact Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park . Our funeral home has 120 acres of cemetery grounds and offers on-site cremation in Tacoma as well. For more information, give us a call at (253) 584-0252.
Grief is a natural response to death, loss, and traumatic events. Becoming separated from a loved one, losing a job, experiencing the death of a pet, or seeing your kids move out of the home can trigger grief. Major changes such as moving, retiring, or getting a divorce can cause grief, too. Continue reading to learn more about living with grief and how Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park can help.
How We Grieve
There are as many ways to grieve as there are people in the world, but in general there are five stages that many people experience as they grieve. The first stage is usually denial and shock, which is followed by the bargaining stage where we focus on what we could have done to prevent the traumatic event from happening in the first place. After this depression and anger are common. The last stage, acceptance, can take months or even years to reach.
Impediments to the Grieving Process
Minimizing or avoiding your feelings and emotions can slow, impede, and eventually worsen the grieving process. Overworking and abusing substances will also extend the grieving process .
Tactics for Resolving Grief
Acknowledging and accepting your feelings—both the positive and negative ones—is an effective approach to resolving grief. Allowing yourself time to experience uncomfortable thoughts and feelings is also important. Expressing feelings openly to trusted friends and family, or journaling about your emotions, is very helpful as well.
Seeking Help for Grief
If grief is getting in the way of living life, find a support group to visit or a counselor to talk to. Symptoms such as poor sleep, weight loss, depression, thoughts of suicide, and a loss of appetite should be taken very seriously.
If you are grieving, Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park is here for you. Visit our website to access our online grief support services, and call us at (253) 584-0252 for more information about what our funeral home in Tacoma has to offer you.
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