• How to Personalize a Memorial Service

    At the Funeral (burial)

    Funerals play an important role in dealing with the passing of a loved one. Not only do funerals allow people to acknowledge the person who has passed, but they also create a space to physically gather and share the loss with other close friends and relatives.

    For a funeral to be truly fitting for the person who has passed away, elements of the service should be personalized to reflect the life of the deceased. Although many services follow traditional structures, there are plenty of opportunities to make the funeral as personalized as one wants. Some ways to personalize your loved one’s funeral services include:

    • Individualize the Funeral Process

    A funeral will likely include a few key points. Who will lead the service? Will the casket be present at the funeral? If there will be a viewing, when will it take place? Consider what the deceased may have wanted as you make these decisions.

    • Display Personal Items

    Photos, cards, and organized displays can help to conjure the essence of the personality of the deceased. Any hobbies, interests, or passions that he or she had can be represented in a simple but poignant way. Attendees can spend a few moments to take it all in.

    • Allow Commentary from Friends and Family

    One of the most personal moments of a funeral is the part of the program where close family and friends can each make a brief speech. Anecdotes, both touching and humorous, bring up fond, personal memories.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory specializes in planning memorable, personalized funeral services. As a funeral home, we assist the friends and family of the deceased with planning of services and work as hard as possible to meet individual needs and concerns. For more details on funeral service planning in Tacoma, call us at (253) 584-0252 or visit us on our website .  



  • Cherish Your Family!

    Portrait of a beautiful Asian family.

    Have you found our recent blog posts to be helpful? If you are looking to find out more about grieving the loss of a loved one or designing a headstone to memorialize your loved one, explore the following resources.

    • When a child is born, a parent does not expect to see the day on which that child is buried. For a wealth of helpful information about parental grief , visit this website.

    For more information, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.


  • Choosing a Headstone for Your Loved One

    Tombstones and tulips

    A headstone is a lasting tribute that will serve as a memorial of his or her life for generations to come. Selecting one that you think your loved one would have been happy with, however, can be difficult. For this reason, you may want to consult with a helpful staff member of the funeral home you are working with to ensure you choose the right one. Here are some tips for selecting the right headstone:

    • Size

    Some cemeteries have size limitations on the headstones that can be used in their memorial parks, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with restrictions of the cemetery you are working with. If you do not have restrictions to abide by, think about what size headstone your loved one would have wanted.

    • Materials

    When choosing materials for your loved one’s gravestone, there are a few things you should take into account. Think about the weather conditions that the headstone will endure, and rule out options which are prone to weather wearing. It’s also important to choose a material that is aesthetically pleasing and within your budget.

    • Style

    Did your loved one indicate a preference for one style of headstone over another? You can generally choose between a traditional engraved headstone, a mounted plaque, a monument, and a wall marker.

    • Personalization

    This is the part of the headstone selection and design process that people struggle with most when planning a loved one’s funeral. If your loved one has not left any wishes behind for an epithet , discuss ideas with others who were close to the deceased. Choose an inscription that you agree your loved one would like and that will remind you of his or her memory when you visit.

    Are you planning a funeral in the Tacoma area for a loved one who has recently passed away? For a full-service funeral home that is staffed by compassionate and experienced individuals, speak with Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory . Call (253) 584-0252 for assistance in planning the funeral your loved one would feel honored by.


  • Grieving the Loss of a Child

    Family at a Funeral

    No parent should have to endure the loss of a child.  Speak with the funeral home to learn about grief counseling options, and keep the following points in mind as you heal:

    • Grieve on Your Own Terms

    Grief is unique in that there is no universal standard for coping with the loss of a loved one. One parent who loses a child may display his or her emotions differently from another, and this is okay. It is important to remember to take care of yourself while you are grieving (eat properly, try to get enough sleep, etc.) and to seek the comfort and help that you need.

    • Remember You Are Not at Fault

    After the initial shock of losing a child subsides, the first question many parents ask themselves is: “What could I have done differently?” However, it is important to not let your mind run wild with “What if?” scenarios. It may be difficult to accept that you had no control over your child’s death, but understanding that you are not at fault is important to your well-being and the well-being of those who love you.

    • Express Yourself

    You may feel guilty expressing your wants and needs while trying to cope with the loss of a child. This is natural. During and after the funeral-planning process, express yourself to close friends, family members, or a grief support counselor in a one-on-one or group setting in which you feel comfortable.

    Grieving the loss of a child is the most heart-wrenching process a parent can endure. To work with a Pierce County funeral home whose staff is caring and compassionate, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Cemetery at (253) 584-0252. Because we understand how devastating it is to lose a young child, we provide free burial and cremation services to families who have lost an infant or child under the age of ten.


  • Proper Funeral Attire

    The last place anyone would wish to offend someone is at a funeral. If you are preparing to attend the funeral of a friend or relative who has recently passed away, watch this brief video clip for some expert advice on how to dress for a funeral.

    Both men and women should dress formally, preferably in a dark-colored suit. Men should avoid colorful and eye-catching ties, and women should take caution to make sure that their shoes and accessories are not too flashy. If attending a church funeral, even the most formal of hats should be avoided.

    If are looking to pre-arrange your funeral services with one of Tacoma’s most well-respected funeral homes, speak with the compassionate staff of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory . Call (253) 584-0252 to find out more about our pre-arrangement services.



  • Celebrate the Life of a Loved One!

    Extended family enjoying at home with their pets.

    Have you found our recent blog entries to be informative and helpful? If you would like to learn more about different burial and cemetery options in Pierce County or you are seeking inspiration on how you can pay tribute to your loved one, check out the following online resources.

    • Read this Seattle Times article to learn about Hawaii’s annual lantern ceremony, a way to pay tribute to deceased loved ones that you can practice in your home community. 
    • At the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s website, you can read about the evolution of mausoleums over time.
    • Are you looking for a non-traditional way to lay your loved one to rest ? Explore the options discussed in this Huffington Post article to learn more. 

    For more information, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.  


  • A Look at Tribute Options for Your Loved One

    Cemetery in fall.

    A century ago, most American families had few options when planning a burial and funeral for a recently deceased loved one. Today, funeral homes offer a variety of cemetery options that give people the opportunity to be buried in a manner that best suits them. Read this article to find out about several of these options.

    Traditional Burial

    Tried and true for hundreds of years, this method of laying a loved one to rest is still preferred by much of the population. If your loved one wishes for his or her body to be buried, there are several attractive cemetery options to consider. You can choose from an upright granite memorial garden, a serene garden, or a traditional and conservative cemetery garden.


    Practiced among some populations in the Far East since as early as 8,000 B.C., cremation is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. When a loved one chooses to be cremated, the options for the scattering of his or her ashes are virtually endless. In addition to being spread in a loved one’s favorite geographic location or kept on display at home, cremated remains can be placed in an urn garden or even a traditional burial cemetery.


    Mausoleums provide families with a unique above-ground option. Mausoleums can be made up of single crypts or companion crypts, and there are several options available to suit personal preferences and family budgets of all sizes. For religious families, chapels and other places of worship can even be incorporated into mausoleums.

    If you are looking for a funeral home that provides a full range of burial and cremation services in the Tacoma area, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory . Call us at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about our cremation services and memorial park.



  • Coping with Grief During the Holidays

    The first set of holidays after the loss of a loved one can be excruciatingly painful. The holidays are traditionally perceived as a time to enjoy the company of your family, and coming to terms with the fact that a family member will no longer be present during the holiday season is far from easy.

    If you are looking for ways to cope with the holidays this year without your parent, partner, child, or friend, watch this video for some advice and encouragement. Remember that feeling anxious about facing the holidays without someone you love is normal, and do not feel any pressure to cook a meal or carry on a tradition that you anticipate being too emotionally draining for you.

    Are you looking for a Tacoma-area funeral home with a full range of services, including grief support? To ensure that your loved one is laid to rest in full accordance with his or her wishes, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.


  • What Is an Online Memorial Tribute?

    Rose on the tombstone

    In this day and age, the internet provides space for expression in virtually every aspect possible. Recently, people have started to use it as a place to honor those who are no longer living as well. Online funeral tributes provide a convenient and accessible way to memorialize loved ones.

    A Place for Condolences

    When someone close to you dies, many of your family members and friends may wish to give you their condolences but not know how to go about delivering them. While greeting cards are a good option, it can be difficult to find one that feels appropriate. An online funeral tribute provides those who care about you with the space to create a personalized message that they know you will receive.

    A Great Way to Share Memories

    For many people, sharing positive memories of time spent with a loved one can give them some light during an otherwise dark and hopeless grieving period. By creating an online funeral tribute for your loved one, family members and friends of the deceased can share visual and textual memories. Private messages allow certain memories to be shared with just a few, and open forums allow everyone with access to contribute to and gain from the online memorial. Photos, stories, and other types of memories can all be shared and found in the same place.

    If you would like to learn more about creating an online tribute for your loved one, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory . Call (253) 584-0252 or visit our website to find more about our cremation services and memorial park.



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