• A Greener Option: Promoting Eco-Consciousness Even in Death

    As society becomes ever more eco-conscious, with more and more people trying to live “green,” there is a move to cut back on disposable items, avoid plastic with harmful chemicals, reduce, reuse and recycle — all in an attempt to be kinder to the environment and leave a smaller footprint.

    It makes sense, then, that more people want to be conscientious about the environment even in death. Green burial options help make that possible.

    Mountain View Funeral Home is approved by the Green Burial Council to offer green burial packages. The council believes that green, natural funerals should become the new standard for the industry, and works to educate and advocate for that purpose.

    Classifying a “green” burial as one that protects workers’ health, reduces carbon emissions, conserves natural resources and preserves habitats, the Green Burial Council offers environmental certificates for funeral homes, cemeteries and product manufacturers. Mountain View has earned a certificate by offering burials with no formaldehyde-based embalming and without metal or hardwood caskets.

    The caskets and alternative containers used in our green burial services to enclose and transport your loved one are made of biodegradable materials — and choosing an environmentally friendly end-of-life option doesn’t eliminate the opportunity for a traditional funeral service, although it does limit the time frame. Our green options are not limited to burial, but also include green cremation choices. We also provide alternative embalming and preparation care options.

    At Mountain View, we believe in honoring each person’s unique life and respecting the wishes of every family. Whether you prefer traditional burial, cremation or a green option, we have services available to fit every need and show respect to a wide range of cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. For more information, call 253.948.9895. To learn more about our alternative burial, cremation and embalming options, visit our Green Burials page.

  • Why Bagpipes at a Funeral?

    Legendary evangelist Billy Graham passed away in March of this year, and as his casket was led from the tent where more than 2,000 mourners had gathered, a bagpiper played Amazing Grace.

    It was a touching moment that would have felt familiar to many people because bagpipes are often played at funerals. In particular, military, police and firefighter funerals typically feature the mournful sound of the pipes.

    Bagpipes have long been played at important ceremonies, including funerals, in Ireland and Scotland. During the potato famine, when the Irish immigrated to the United States in large numbers, they brought this tradition with them. The Irish, however, don’t favor the bagpipes that we see at funerals here in America. Rather, the traditional Irish instrument known as the Uilleann pipes became fashionable in the 18th century, replacing the harp as the instrument of choice for most Irish music. Played from a sitting position, these pipes produce tones much sweeter than Scottish bagpipes.

    Why, then, are Scottish pipes played at funerals? The answer is simple: Scottish bagpipes are louder and easier to hear outdoors.

    As Irish immigrants assimilated into American society, many became firefighters and law enforcement officers. It’s only natural, then, that bagpipes were soon played at their funerals.

    Today, you don’t have to be a dignitary, firefighter, police officer or member of the armed forces to have bagpipes played at your funeral and the song doesn’t have to be Amazing Grace. they Bagpipes can be played before, during or after any funeral or memorial service, providing a mournful and poignant sound that seems to fit the occasion.

    At Mountain View, we believe in creating memorable, life-honoring services customized for each unique person. That’s why we offer Signature Services℠, including bagpipes, to help enhance your family’s time of reflection and remembrance. Call 253.948.9895 for more information.

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