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    What Does a Pallbearer Do?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    The primary role of a pallbearer is to help carry or officially escort a casket at a funeral. Friends, relatives, and professional associates of the deceased are most likely to be pallbearers for the deceased. There are usually only a small number of pallbearers—maybe six or eight—so if you were chosen, it means you were an important person in the life of the deceased. Some funerals have pallbearers who actually carry the casket, while others have honorary pallbearers who accompany the casket but do not carry it. If you were asked to be a pallbearer, consider it an honor, and be sure to arrive early so you can receive instructions from the funeral home on how to proceed.

    To learn more about what a pallbearer does, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. We are a well-known funeral home in the Tacoma area with a full-service facility, three chapels, two reception areas, and 120 acres of cemetery grounds. Call us at (888) 757-3958 or visit our website for more information.

    Signs You Should Seek a Helping Hand with Your Grief

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Grief is a normal emotion that arises from losing someone or something that you care deeply about. It is both painful and difficult to go through the grieving process, which is why it can be important to seek a helping hand from a friend, family member, or faith community. If you are dealing with grief and you aren’t sure whether to seek help, read this article to find out if you could benefit from grief support.

    Your Grief Feels Like Too Much to Bear

    Grief affects people differently, but usually involves sadness, guilt, anger, fear, shock, and even physical symptoms. It can take weeks, months, or even years to learn how to manage your grief. But in the meantime, if you feel as though your grief is too much to bear, or you feel numb and disconnected, seek the help of a support group or grief counselor.

    You Aren’t Feeling Better Over Time

    There is no right or wrong timeline for grief. It can take one person a few weeks to move on from a loss, while it takes another person several years. However, if you are mourning and grieving to the point where your health is taking a toll or you find it difficult to function normally, seek the help of a grief counselor.

    You Are Showing Signs of Depression

    After a loss, the sadness of losing someone will eventually set in. Sadness, when part of the grieving process, will generally involve a mix of good and bad days, with some moments of pleasure and happiness mixed in. If you instead feel a constant emptiness and despair that does not relent, you may be showing symptoms of depression. Seeing a mental health professional can be important for addressing this health condition.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory near Tacoma has been offering grief support services, including support groups and recovery programs, to the Tacoma area since 1989. If your grief is too much to bear, visit our website for 24/7 online grief support services. To learn more about how our funeral home can help you through this difficult time, please call us at (888) 757-3958.

    Examining the Importance of Obituaries

    Last updated 1 month ago

    An obituary is a brief written statement meant to inform the community of the death of a person who recently passed. Obituaries usually appear in the newspaper where the deceased lived recently, but can also be printed in a hometown newspaper or other newspapers where the deceased lived previously. To learn more about the importance of obituaries and how a funeral home professional can help you with the process of planning a funeral, read on.

    Time to Reflect on the Life of the Deceased

    Writing an obituary gives you the unique opportunity to reflect on the life of the deceased and choose which details to share with the community. The obituary will probably discuss some of the passions and life accomplishments of the deceased, and will be visible to the entire community.

    Closure for Those Who Knew the Deceased

    Family members, friends, and colleagues of the deceased will be able to read the obituary and learn about any upcoming funeral services. In some cases, the obituary will mention a charity to which people can donate if they want to express their condolences but cannot make it to the funeral service. 

    Chance for Others to Reach Out to Remaining Relatives

    Many obituaries include the names of relatives who have survived the deceased. After reading the obituary, if a person who knew the deceased wants to reach out to the remaining relatives, he or she will have that opportunity.

    Opportunity to Connect with the Community

    Another important role of the obituary is to inform the public of a person’s death. While the vast majority of people who read the obituary will not know the deceased, it still gives the community a glimpse at the life he or she led.

    If you are writing an obituary or planning a funeral service, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory near Tacoma at (888) 757-3958. We will be happy to answer your questions or help you with any arrangements. Visit our website to learn more about what our funeral home can do to help.

    Advice for Planning a Graveside Service

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A graveside service can be a stand-alone event or something that precedes or follows a funeral service. Graveside services are usually brief, and most people like to plan to have a prayer, reading, or eulogy recited before lowering the casket into the ground. Some people like to also have guests take turns shoveling dirt into the grave. Talk with the funeral home where you are having the graveside service to decide on a path to the grave, and to ensure that there is sufficient seating. This video clip provides additional information to help with planning a graveside ceremony.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory, we have years of experience helping families plan the ceremony they want. Call our Tacoma funeral home at (888) 757-3958 or visit our website to find out what we can do to help plan a graveside ceremony for your loved one.

    What Financial Assistance Is Available for Funerals?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you lose a loved one, it can be difficult to deal with practical matters such as finances. This is why it’s important to work with a funeral home that offers comprehensive assistance with every aspect of the funeral planning process, including providing helpful information about affording the funeral. The cost of a funeral can often be offset by your loved one’s life insurance policy, if he or she had one. You may also explore survivor’s benefits from the Social Security Administration. You could be eligible for a lump sum death payment if you’re the surviving spouse or surviving child of the deceased.

    The professional at the funeral home can direct you to other sources of funding for your loved one’s funeral. Various organizations, including those for unions and veterans, offer assistance with funeral costs. You may also be eligible to receive public aid allowance from the state or local municipality. 

    At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma, we will work closely with you to ensure your loved one has the funeral service he or she deserves. Contact us at (888) 757-3958 to find out more about the services we provide. We’ll help make the funeral process as easy on you as possible. 

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