Honoring the wishes of the deceased and satisfying the living can raise a number of questions that are difficult to answer. Cremation, which is the process of breaking down remains through exposure to high temperatures, has long been considered a respectful way to honor a deceased loved one. If you’d like to learn more about cremation, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, located in the Tacoma area.

Paying Respects

Planning a cremation is all about choosing the funereal options that you and your relatives are most comfortable with. Here are a few elements that you will consider when planning a funeral and cremation.

  • Memorial Service: Whether you’re planning to cremate or bury your loved one, you’ll find that some kind of memorial or funeral service is necessary for helping you and your friends and relatives find closure. You might plan a casual memorial service at your home or a more traditional service at your place of worship.
  • Optional Viewing: Some mourners prefer to organize a viewing before going forward with the cremation, while others would rather not have a viewing at all. Whatever you and your loved ones decide the staff at Mountain View will honor your wishes.
  • Distributing Remains: After the cremation, you and your loved ones will determine how best to lay the remains to rest. For example, you might decide to place the remains in several different urns, or scatter or bury all the remains at once.

Cremation Options

When determining how to best honor your deceased loved one, you should think about your loved one’s personality and interests. This will help you find a suitable place for your loved one’s cremated remains.

  • Monument: At Mountain View, we have a wide selection of options for monument memorialization, including simple headstones, boulders, benches, and pedestals. Some mourners choose to honor their loved ones with mausoleums.
  • Niche: A glass-front niche offers an excellent opportunity to personalize your loved one’s final resting place. In addition to your loved one’s remains, you can use the niche as a showcase of your loved one’s interests.
  • Private Memorialization: If you’d rather have your loved one’s remains closer to you, you might place them in an urn that you keep in a place of honor in your home. However you feel your loved one’s memory is best served, we will help you in any way we can.

If you have any questions about cremation, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252. We have been helping Tacoma families lay their loved ones to rest for 100 years.

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