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Planning a Firefighter Funeral

Firefighters put their lives at risk every day to protect the public, so planning a funeral should ensure proper respect is given on their passing. In fact, part of paying respect to a firefighter includes a number of fire department traditions, which honor firefighters who have passed. For firefighters who have died in the line of duty, funeral services include full military-style honors.

After a line of duty death

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, his or her family must be notified before the press. Notification of the family begins the mourning period. Signs of mourning a fallen firefighter include shrouded badges, bunting on the station’s sign and on the firefighter’s engine, and the lowering of the fire station flag to half-staff. Most fire station departments will assign a family member liaison, which serves as the single point of contact with the fire department.

Walk-through for the viewing

In funeral planning, the family needs to choose the detail if they have requested an honor guard. However, the family can also request specific department members. The honor guard stands vigil during the funeral services or wake. A team of two honor guards takes a 15-minute watch, beginning 30 minutes before the viewing and ending 30 minutes after, one at the head and one at the foot of the casket. Some fire departments expand honor guard duties to include the pallbearers and color guard for the funeral.

Etiquette for uniformed members

Unless someone is a pallbearer or member of the honor guard or color guard, he or she should remove his or her cover when entering the funeral home. Uniformed members may wear their hats at all times, but some put their hats on when they go back outside. The common protocol for saluting the casket is to only salute when wearing the cover.

When Arthur Thompson added the funeral home on the Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory cemetery grounds, it was only the second funeral home/cemetery combination in the country. Mountain View currently has 160 acres of property, 110 of which have been fully developed for cemetery use. To learn more, please call (253) 584-0252.

Comparing Cremation and Burial

The decision to be cremated or buried is a very personal decision, and one that relies on personal preferences, spiritual beliefs, and one’s budget. The ceremony surrounding a cremation can mimic a traditional burial, but cremation also allows for more personal celebrations. For example, one’s cremated remains can be scattered in a favorite location, planted alongside a tree, or kept at home in a beautiful urn. Watch this short clip to learn more about the differences between cremation and burial.

Whether you’re pre-planning your own funeral or making arrangements for a loved one, the compassionate funeral planners at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory are here to help you every step of the way. Please call our full-service funeral home and crematorium at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about the differences between cremation and burial and other funeral options.

Taking Charge of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

It’s not the easiest thing to talk about, or even the most enjoyable, but discussing your end-of-life wishes before it’s too late is one of the most important conversations you’ll ever have with your loved ones. Funeral pre-planning can greatly reduce or even relieve the stress on your family in the wake of your death. Planning ahead also allows you to put your wishes in writing so you can make sure your life is celebrated the way you want. It’s never too late (or too early) to plan ahead for your funeral in Tacoma. These tips will help you get started.

Think About How to Celebrate Your Life

The most important consideration when pre-planning your funeral is how best to celebrate and honor your life with the people who loved you most. You can have your service anywhere, and any way, you want. You can arrange every aspect of your ceremony, from the time of day and the musical selections to the prayers that will be said and the food that will be served following. You also need to decide what will happen to your remains and make it very clear to your family your desire to be buried or cremated.

Pre-Pay for Arrangements in Advance

Although you may wish to make decisions about your funeral in advance but not pay for them in advance, keep in mind that prices may go up overtime. By pre-paying for funeral arrangements upfront you can save your family a lot of time and money after you pass. It’s important to include your family when pre-planning and pre-paying for your funeral; if your family isn’t aware that you’ve made plans, your wishes may not be carried out or your loved ones could end up paying for the same arrangements twice.

If you want to get started pre-planning your funeral, contact the compassionate and professional funeral directors at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma. Our funeral planners can help you clarify your thoughts and get your wishes down on paper. To get started, please call us at (253) 584-0252 or contact us online.

Understanding Funeral Pre-Payment

Millions of Americans have entered into contracts to arrange their funerals and pre-pay some or all of the expenses involved with a burial or cremation ceremony. If you have begun to think about your end-of-life wishes, you should also consider pre-paying for the arrangements you make with your funeral planner. When pre-paying for funeral goods and services, make sure you are protected in the event that the funeral home goes out of business or changes ownership. Also, be sure to tell your family about the plans you’ve made and let them know where the documents are filed.

The funeral planning experts at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you plan the most touching ceremony and make sure all the necessary arrangements are taken care of. Visit us in Tacoma or call us at (253) 584-0252 to speak with one of our compassionate funeral pre-planning advisors.

Planning a Military Funeral

In the U.S., the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran is mandated by law. Families of eligible veterans can request funeral honors through their funeral director, who will contact the appropriate military personnel to arrange for the funeral honors detail. While your funeral director will largely be responsible for planning the ceremonial aspects of a military funeral in Tacoma, there are some important steps that you and your family will need to take.

Request Burial Benefits

Benefits do not come automatically to qualified veterans; instead, they must be requested. You will need to complete and submit the appropriate paperwork for VA burial benefits. To expedite the process of requesting military funeral benefits, enroll in the Veterans Plus Benefits program and take advantage of personal assistance to secure the benefits which you are entitled from the Veterans Administration.

Request Military Funeral Honors

Unless your loved one is eligible to be buried in a VA National Cemetery, you will need to request Military Funeral Honors for a private ceremony. Every eligible veteran may receive Military Funeral Honors which includes the folding and representation of the U.S. flag and the playing of “Taps.” Arrangements can be made by your funeral home director, who will submit an official request to the Veterans Administration.

Request U.S. Flag, Headstone, and Service Medals

A ceremonial flag will be provided upon request to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran at no cost. To receive a flag, submit VA Form 21-2008 along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Eligible veterans may also receive a standard government headstone or marker upon request and at no charge. You may also request military service medals, award, and decorations from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC).

For your convenience, the compassionate funeral directors at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you plan every aspect of your loved one’s military funeral. Please call us at (253) 584-0252 to begin the funeral planning process or visit us in person and see our beautiful cemetery grounds in Tacoma.

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