A cemetery can tell you a lot about the community it serves, and strolling through the grounds at Mountain View can give you a deeper understanding of this community’s history.
Incorporated in 1915, Mountain View has seen many changes in Tacoma and has grown to meet the evolving needs of local families. For example, in an innovative move designed to keep up with the times, Mountain View became the first cemetery with a funeral home onsite in 1942.
Nature is at the heart and soul of this property. We understand that progress must not disrupt the peace and beauty of nature, and as part of our commitment to preserving the serenity of Mountain View, we have developed only 100 of its 160 acres.
The beautiful grounds are home to 181 varieties of trees, 575 rhododendron plants, and prize-winning rose gardens. Birds and wildlife abound in a wide variety of species.
Tacoma is also a progressive, sophisticated city. People’s tastes have changed over the years, and a walk through the cemetery will show many different areas designed to serve different needs.
Our Veterans Memorial is a longstanding tribute to the men and women in military service. In all, there are five gardens set aside for veterans as well as a First Responders Memorial in the Garden of Honor.
The chapels blend harmoniously with the area’s natural splendor. They’re designed in a variety of styles to accommodate not only funeral services but also gatherings and receptions.
The Ching Ming Wall of Honor allows people to honor their departed ancestors by placing their names on the wall.
The Heather Pool is a peaceful place to sit and reflect. Flowers bloom, ducks swim by, and you can be alone with your thoughts.
The Valley Rose Urn Garden is beautiful and serene, featuring memorial benches and a tranquil pond. We are adding additional cremation gardens to meet the needs of families in our community.
The upper grounds are perfect for strolling. As you walk the tree-lined paths, you’ll notice a variety of monuments and markers designed to honor each individual life. Rest for a while on a memorial bench or shelter in a pagoda as you take in the beauty of the grounds.
Come and see for yourself what makes Mountain View so unique. Drop by for a tour or call us at 253.948.9895 to learn more about all we have to offer. You can also visit our website, where you’ll find plenty of information and a virtual tour of the property.
Modern funerals can be tailored to fit a unique personality and honor the unique life that was lived. Recently, there have been some wonderful examples of this in the funerals of public figures: notably, former first lady Barbara Bush who passed away in April.
Although she never held office, the legacy of family she leaves behind is extremely powerful. Her longstanding marriage to President George H.W. Bush has been well documented. He was her first kiss, and their 73-year marriage —the longest of any presidential couple — produced four sons and two daughters. Having lost a daughter to leukemia in childhood, the family pushed through this tragedy and went on to be one of the most powerful families in the United States. While first lady, Bush worked tirelessly to promote the cause of literacy, and at her funeral, her husband wore socks with books on them as an acknowledgment of the work that was so important to her.
Barbara Bush was a beloved public figure, so it’s not surprising there was so much interest in her memorialization. A public visitation was attended by nearly 8,000 people, with many wearing blue, Bush’s favorite color. The funeral was attended by 1,500 guests, including heads of states, dignitaries, former US presidents and first ladies, and the current first lady, Melania Trump. Political differences were set aside as people came together to honor a woman who was well respected by all.
The service itself was touching and planned to perfectly reflect the life she lived. Held at her home church, St. Martin’s Episcopal in Houston, it featured a choir singing My Country Tis of Thee. Bush’s pastor spoke, as did her son, Jeb, who read a love letter she’d once received from her husband, George. There were also eulogies by her biographer and a longtime friend. There were tears as well as laughter as family and friends recalled the former first lady’s good-natured humor.
During the service, an ivory pall graced her casket. At the viewing and after the service, it was adorned with a large spray of her favorite flowers, including pink and yellow roses, snapdragons and hydrangeas. Her eight grandsons were pallbearers, and the final song of the service was Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, sung by the congregation. Bush was laid to rest in a gated plot at her husband’s presidential library at Texas A&M University, just outside Houston.
Not every funeral will be as elaborate as Barbara Bush’s, but each can be tailored to honor the unique life that was lived. At Mountain View, we’re happy to help you preplan your end-of-life services. Call 253.948.9895 today to make an appointment with a preplanning advisor, or visit our website for your free preplanning guide.
For many of us, being uncomfortable about death means that a funeral service is something to be endured instead of a meaningful time to reflect and say goodbye.
Some people don’t want a funeral service at all and don’t understand why a reception matters. In reality, the reception can be a vital part of the healing process.
The funeral itself typically happens very quickly, and the planning can be extremely stressful as family members work through their grief while trying to make decisions they hope would please their loved one.
Ideally, the service will be meaningful and life-honoring, but it is often so emotional that family members may feel they’re collectively holding their breath until it is over. At the reception, they finally get a chance to breathe and have time to look around and appreciate the people who have come to pay their respects in a setting that’s far more relaxed than the visitation or funeral service.
The reception provides an important opportunity for connection, serving as a family reunion of sorts for loved ones who may not see each other often. As they come together to support each other in a time of grief, they’ll tell stories about the person who has died. New bonds will form, old connections will be reinforced, and the family will benefit from hearing the memories of others who had a different perspective on a cherished family member. This interaction can help people begin to find closure, and set them on the path toward healing.
At Mountain View, we understand the importance of a funeral reception. We have beautiful, comfortable reception areas and a wide range of catering options so that you can plan a meaningful gathering. Call 253.948.9895 to learn how we can help you plan a personalized reception.
Sending flowers after someone has died is a thoughtful gesture as well as a longstanding tradition. The right flowers are very meaningful and can be comforting to the bereaved family.
But is it possible to get it wrong when you’re sending funeral flowers? In a word, yes. The missteps people sometimes make include:
- Sending an inappropriate arrangement. Large standing sprays and showy arrangements are only appropriate if you’re a close friend or family member, or if you’re sending the arrangement on behalf of the company for which the person worked. If you’re an acquaintance or coworker, it’s best to stick with a vase arrangement, flowering plant or gift basket.
- Forgetting to send a card. It can be hard to know what to say when someone has lost a loved one. It’s important, though, to say something, even if it’s just a heartfelt, “I’m sorry for your loss” or “My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”
- Thinking you can only send flowers to the funeral home. Funerals happen quickly after a death, and there are cases in which you might not even know about the funeral until after it has passed. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t still send flowers. They’ll be comforting to the family if you send them to the house after the service is over. In fact, flowers that come to the house are often more fully appreciated after the initial rush of attention is over. Feel free to think beyond cut flowers, perhaps sending a gift basket or a potted plant that can be enjoyed for years to come.
- Neglecting to think about the person you’re honoring. When you’re ordering flowers, never lose sight of the person whose memory you intend to honor. If you know the person’s favorite colors or flowers, incorporate those aspects into the arrangement. If you are familiar with favorite songs or poems, use a line or two in the card if it’s appropriate. The most comforting thing for a bereaved family is to know that people truly cared about their loved one.
- Using a florist unfamiliar with the funeral home. It can be tempting to order from a “big box” florist, but local florists who create and hand-deliver fresh arrangements are far preferable to corporations that ship from warehouses. Often, the funeral home will be able to point you in the right direction and may even be able to help you order the flowers.
At Mountain View, we understand the importance of choosing the right flowers to send to a funeral. We can help you choose the perfect arrangement, and we make it easy to order right from our website . Call 253.948.9895 to learn more.