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    Tips for Caring for Yourself While You Grieve

    Last updated 2 days 10 hours ago

    Grieving is a process that takes a substantial amount of mental, emotional, and physical energy. During the grieving process it’s common to feel completely worn out, which can make daily life that much harder. At Mountain View Funeral Home we want to offer you the following tips with the hope that it helps you along the grieving process.

    Pay Attention to Your Emotions

    People experience different symptoms when grieving. The symptoms you experience will help you determine the best course of action. Of the most common emotional symptoms, you may experience sadness, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Many people who are grieving also feel guilt, regret, anger, disappointment, and numbness. People who are grieving may feel fear, anxiety, and panic at some point as well. Identifying and expressing these feelings can be helpful in helping you move through them, instead of being stuck in them. Consider writing in a journal or sharing your feelings with a friend, relative, or counselor.

    Be Aware of Mental and Cognitive Effects of Grieving

    During the grieving process it is normal to experience difficulty concentrating or focusing on a task. To feel confusion or a short attention span is also typical. If you are processing facts and details inaccurately, or if you are experiencing forgetfulness, be as patient as you can; these symptoms often disappear with time. Avoid making major life decisions until you feel more mental clarity.

    Take Care of Your Body

    The physical symptoms of grieving can be debilitating. If you sleep excessively and still feel exhausted, just know that this is normal. If you experience aches, pains, illnesses, or changes in appetite, it’s essential to take good care of yourself. Take hot baths, get a soothing massage, eat balanced meals, and get plenty of rest. See a medically trained professional if your physical symptoms persist.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we want you to feel supported through the grieving process. Our memorial park in Tacoma offers 24/7 online grief and support services. Visit our website for more information, and call us at (888) 757-3958 for more information.

    Mountain View's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Mountain View took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge! Thanks again to all those who have donated and supported this cause and to those brave few who went under the bucket!

    Spotlight on Our Cremation Gardens

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Many people are choosing cremation rather than a traditional burial service when planning their funeral or their loved one’s funeral. At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we recognize the wide-ranging needs of families who seek to honor their late loved ones. This is why we have 120 acres of beautiful land dedicated to our cemetery grounds and cremation gardens. We have many options for you if you choose cremation as a disposition option, but still want a memorial. Our private cremation estates give your family a space to reflect. With running water flowing through the center, our Valley Rose Urn Garden is a tranquil place where many families have chosen to place memorials, such as pedestals, mausoleum glass front niches, cremation boulders, cremation benches, and cenotaphs.

    To learn more about the options you have for funeral planning and cremation in Tacoma, visit Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory’s website. To make an appointment or to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable funeral service counselors, call us at (888) 757-3958.

    What Are the Traditions at Catholic Funerals?

    Last updated 20 days ago

    In Catholic funeral tradition, the first event is the vigil, which is held shortly after the passing of a loved one. Following the vigil, the funeral liturgy and rite of committal help loved ones accept that the soul of the deceased has moved on to the afterlife. Read on to learn more about the traditions you may see at a Catholic funeral ceremony.

    Vigil

    Also known as the wake, the vigil is the time when the departure of the deceased’s spirit is acknowledged. Friends and relatives of the deceased gather and give the family of the deceased their support and condolences. Oftentimes, the vigil includes a reading from scripture, a shared reflection, communal prayer, and a brief eulogy.

    Funeral Liturgy

    Sometimes called the funeral mass, the funeral liturgy takes place during a regular mass. Readings are sometimes chosen in advance by the family of the deceased. The funeral liturgy is primarily done to forgive the sins of the deceased and recognize the salvation of his or her soul. The focus is just as much about loss as it is about faith and life after death.

    Rite of Committal

    Sometimes referred to as the burial, the rite of committal takes place at the cemetery and usually draws fewer people than the vigil and the liturgy. This is because the rite of committal is considered more private—an event to be shared by family and close friends of the deceased. The rite of committal is brief, with the final leave taking place at the graveside and involving a short offering of scripture.

    If you are looking for a cemetery in Tacoma to hold a Catholic funeral, look no further than Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. We have more than 120 acres of cemetery grounds and have served many Catholic families in the 93 years that we have been a part of the Tacoma community. For more information, visit our website or call us at (888) 757-3958. 

    How to Prepare Children to Attend a Funeral

    Last updated 28 days ago

    It’s not easy to attend a funeral, but it can be especially difficult if you plan to bring your children to the funeral as well. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to prepare your children before visiting the funeral home. Use the following tips to provide straightforward, helpful answers to your children’s questions while preparing them to attend the funeral.

    Tell Your Children What to Expect

    When preparing children for a funeral, explain the funeral process before visiting the funeral home. You may want to describe the funeral as a way of saying goodbye to the loved one. Let each child choose the activities he or she wants to participate in as well as the extent of the participation.

    Use Simple Language

    Avoid complicated medical terms when describing an illness or the circumstances surrounding the death. Oftentimes, it’s better to observe how your children are behaving and ask them questions rather than offering quick answers. You may want to ask your child to explain back his or her understanding of what you just said. This can help clarify which areas were confusing for your child.

    Allow Time for Your Children to Express Their Feelings

    Recognize that children grieve differently than adults. Young children may not have the words to express their grief, so they may be expressive of their grief through behavior, drawings, and other outlets. Do not rush into explaining things to your kids; instead, encourage them to ask questions, and then respond to them with honest and simple answers.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we have years of experience holding funeral ceremonies. If you would like to see our 120 developed acres of cemetery grounds in Tacoma, visit us or browse our website. For more information about planning a funeral service at our funeral home or memorial park, call us at (888) 757-3958.

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