• Why Laughter Isn’t Out of Place at a Funeral

    Traditionally, funerals were somber and serious affairs that were centered on loss. Today, funeral services are evolving to become more focused on celebrating the life of a lost loved one and connecting with surviving family and friends during a difficult time. For that reason, laughter is not out of place at a funeral service, and in fact, it is often welcome.

    There are many opportunities for laughter at a funeral service that are appropriate for the occasion. Sharing funny stories about the deceased during a eulogy or in conversations at the viewing are an entirely acceptable way to bring laughter into a funeral service as a way to honor your loved one. If you are a guest at a funeral for someone who is not a close family member or friend, take cues from the hosts of the service to see if humorous stories are welcome.

    If you have questions about a funeral service at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, our funeral home staff is happy to help. Learn more about our services and funeral pre-planning in Lakewood, Washington, by calling (253) 584-0252.

  • Facing the Grief of Losing a Parent

    The loss of a parent is a life-changing event. Grieving this monumental loss can be difficult, but help is available, often through a funeral home. Watch this video to learn about facing the loss of a parent.

    When you lose a parent, in addition to an overwhelming sense of loneliness, you are likely to feel like you have new responsibilities to care for your remaining family members. Reach out to grief counselors to learn to work through these emotions and stressors in a healthy way.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory , in addition to funeral planning and cremation services, we connect families with grief counseling in Lakewood, Washington when necessary to help them through this difficult time. To learn more about our funeral home, call (253) 584-0252.

  • After a Loved One Dies: The First Steps to Take

    Facing the death of a loved one can be confusing and overwhelming. In addition to the emotional stress, there are several practical considerations that have to be dealt with, such as contacting a funeral home and planning a funeral service . Follow these steps to begin working through the things that have to be done when someone dies.

    Choose a Funeral Home

    You will need to choose a funeral home almost immediately after a loved one dies, as the home will figure prominently in the other decisions you make. Once you select a funeral home, the director will help you facilitate the transfer of your loved one to the facility, depending on the location of the death. If your loved one passed away in a hospital, generally the hospital staff and funeral home will work together to move your loved one to the funeral home. If you he or she passed away at home or otherwise outside of a setting in which medical personnel are in attendance, you will need to call 911 first. In many cases, a coroner must see people who pass away outside of a medical facility before they are transferred to a funeral home.

    Notify Family and Friends

    Notify close family members and friends about the death as soon as possible. This helps people who are out of town begin to make plans to attend the funeral and prevents them from finding out the news unexpectedly from another source. You may also wish to enlist some of these close family members and friends to help with some of the funeral planning tasks.

    Start Funeral Planning

    The funeral home you choose can guide you through the process of choosing burial or cremation and planning a funeral service, including choosing ways to personalize the service to honor your loved one. The funeral home can also assist in finding grief counseling services as needed.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory knows how stressful this time is for loved ones and is available to assist in every step of the process. When you need a funeral home in Lakewood, Washington , call (253)584-0252.

  • We Honor Our Fallen Heroes

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with our city of #Dallas, the law enforcement community, DART, and those impacted by this tragedy.

    You may use our online tribute page to send your thoughts to fallen officer’s families. You can also comment on this Facebook thread or come into our funeral home and sign a dedicated registry book. Your comments will be packaged up and sent to the families of the fallen officers.

    For more information, visit us online .

  • What to Do When Loved Ones Disagree About Funeral Traditions

    Funeral planning is a complicated process that unfortunately happens under the worst of circumstances, when emotions are raw. It is not surprising, therefore, that differences of opinions between loved ones can lead to conflict. Although funeral pre-planning can help prevent some of these disputes, when the deceased did not leave any instructions, disagreements can and do arise. Prevent conflicts about funeral traditions from adding stress to this difficult time with this advice.

    Find a Peaceful Place to Talk

    If you anticipate conflict between your family members during funeral planning, try to preempt any disputes in the funeral home by arranging to have a private conversation in a neutral place. Acknowledge that there may be differences of opinion and that any conflicted feelings you have may exacerbated by the circumstances. Make an agreement to keep the lines of communication open and to work together for compromise in honor of the loved one you both lost. Although this conversation may not prevent disputes, it can give you a framework for working through them by agreeing to work as a team.

    Recognize Who Should Make Decisions

    In some cases, you may have little control over parts of the funeral planning, depending on your familial relationship with the person who passed. Spouses, children, parents, and siblings, in that order, have next of kin rights. If you had an especially close relationship with the deceased, it can be frustrating to see people who were less close making decisions. Realize that there are some circumstances in the funeral process you can’t control instead of fighting needlessly.

    Remember The Purpose

    Funeral services are for paying tribute to loved ones and coming together with surviving family and friends to comfort each other. Focus on honoring what your lost loved one would have wanted, regardless of surviving family members’ perspectives on traditions, religious customs, and other elements of funeral planning.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory is sensitive to the needs of all of the families we help and will work with you to ensure your traditions are honored in your funeral service in Lakewood, Washington . For more information, please call (253) 584-0252.

  • What the Law Says About Embalming

    After the death of a loved one, it is sometimes necessary to delay the funeral services and burial services. Mourners from out of town may need to make arrangements to travel to pay their respects. Similarly, the surviving family members may need some time to make the arrangements if the decedent did not pre-plan the funeral. The delay between death and burial is the reason for embalming, which is the act of replacing the blood with fluids that stall the natural processes after death. However, embalming is not necessarily required by law.

    In Washington, embalming is quite common, though not usually required so long as the body is preserved through refrigeration until the burial or cremation. However, if the family members intend on holding a viewing, embalming is generally appropriate for health reasons. Other regulations may be applicable if the decedent is being transported to another state or country for burial; in these cases, embalming may be required.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, our compassionate funeral directors will answer all of your questions as you make arrangements to say a final goodbye to your loved one. Call (253) 584-0252 to discuss funeral planning in the Lakewood, Washington area.