A Look at What it Means to Sit Shiva

Considering how death is such an integral part of life, it should come as no surprise that all human cultures have developed traditions around burial and mourning. In the Jewish tradition, for example, it’s traditional for family members to sit shiva, during which time they pray for and contemplate their deceased loved one for seven days.

This video discusses the basics of shiva, which comes from the Hebrew word for “seven.” Immediately after the funeral, family members of the deceased begin the formal mourning period while members of the community come by with food and prayers. Watch the video to learn more of the traditions involved in sitting shiva.

When you lose a loved one, you want to make sure that their final wishes are honored to the best of your ability. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory is standing to lend a hand. Call our Lakewood, Washington funeral home at (253) 584-0252 if you have any questions.

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.

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