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What Is a Memorial Website?

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More and more, the way in which people share and receive information is becoming digital, and this trend extends to memorials and funeral services. Today, the popularity of the traditional newspaper obituary is declining and being replaced with memorial websites.

A memorial website provides you with an ideal way to share the news regarding the deceased’s passing and to provide information about the funeral services. Furthermore, this type of memorialization option offers you a platform on which you can post tribute videos, photos, documents, and more to share with friends and family.

Are you looking for memorable ways to honor the life of a family member that has passed on? If so, then look no further than Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory. Our funeral home in Lakewood, Washington offers memorial websites, tribute videos, and other unique funeral services to honor the life of your loved one. Please call (253) 584-0252 for more information.

Taking a Look at Different Cremation Urns

Cremation services are highly versatile. They can be customized to suit the needs of each family. One way to honor the memory of a loved one is to choose a cremation urn that fits his or her unique personality. Some families prefer classic, elegant cremation urns that will be interred in a memorial park or kept closer to the family.

Other families prefer more personalized designs, as you will learn when you watch this video. This video displays a range of cremation urns, from whimsical designs to beautiful scattering urns. Your family also has the option to choose a companion urn for spouses, keepsake urns for different family members, and keepsake jewelry.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory can help you design unique cremation services in Lakewood, Washington. If you need to pre-plan a funeral or you need to arrange cremation services for a lost loved one, you can call us at (253) 584-0252.

Meet Sherry Shultz-Chaplain and Manager of Volunteer Services

Mountain View Funeral Home LakewoodIn recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, those of us at Mountain View Memorial Park want to acknowledge Sherry Shultz, Chaplain and Manager of Volunteer Services of Fransiscan Hospice and Palliative Care for her accomplishments. Sherry has worked in the hospice profession for 18 years, and worked as an occupational therapist for several mental health agencies in the past. After becoming Development Director for Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, she pursued a theological education at Seattle University to further her hospice career. Sherry reveals some inspiring insights in an interview:

Raw Emotions
Sherry describes an emotional experience that deeply impacted her being with her husband when he passed away. She claims that this event gave her awareness of how much control people have over their lives and how much they need support. She says that the death of a loved one “really tests your limits” and that she had to rely on her personal faith throughout that time. Sherry also recalls the death of her mother, another heart-wrenching experience. Her experience with loss helps her relate to the patients she works with.

Motivation
Sherry views every bit of care she provides as holy, whether it is a bath or a medical consultation. Her realization of the importance of her work motivates her to keep going and do the best that she can. She explains that every person’s contribution is important to those who need care.

Advice to Others
Sherry says integrity is the key to forming and maintaining great relationships with patients and families. It helps form a deep, meaningful relationship. She also explains the importance of being a good listener, something she learned over time. She claims that it is okay to not have all the answers-sometimes silence is the best answer. Lastly, Sherry encourages future caregivers to develop skills consistent with their calls, whether it be in the medical field, spiritual care, or as a volunteer.

To learn more about Sherry or hospice and palliative care, visit our website to read the full interview.

Factors to Keep in Mind While Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Funeral Home Tacoma After a death in the family, arranging funeral services is a difficult process for the survivors. They may disagree about what the decedent might have wanted or they may simply feel too overwhelmed by grief to focus on the details. Pre-planning your own funeral will spare your loved ones the burden of making the final arrangements. Funeral pre-planning also lets you choose the exact services you prefer.

Contact List
There are a few major decisions you’ll have to make when pre-planning, such as whether you prefer to be buried or cremated, but a comprehensive pre-need plan also includes the smaller details. For example, it can be helpful to your survivors for you to create a list of people to notify after your death. Of course, your loved ones will know that they ought to notify the close relatives, but they might forget about your old Army buddies, choir friends, or book club members. Be sure to include contact information after each name.

Obituary Information
Writing an obituary is particularly difficult after a death. Your loved ones won’t want to leave any important details out, but it’s difficult to think clearly in the midst of grief. If you wish, you could decide to write most of the obituary for them. They’ll still need to fill in details, such as the date of the funeral and which family members have survived or predeceased you.

Charitable Donations
If there is a particular charity or cause that you hold dear, you may wish to make a note of it. Your loved ones can request that charitable donations be made in your name in lieu of flowers.

Personal Touches
There may be a few personal touches that you want to add to the funeral service. Perhaps you would like a particular song be played or your favorite flowers displayed. The funeral director will help you include any personal details you wish in your pre-need plan.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, we provide comprehensive funeral planning services in Lakewood, Washington, including funeral pre-planning support. We invite you to take a stroll around our memorial park, visit our funeral home, and learn about our cremation services before you make your decisions. If you have any questions, give us a call at (253) 584-0252.

What You Should Avoid Wearing to a Funeral

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When a loved one dies, wardrobe choices are usually not a high priority. However, choosing the proper clothing before going to the funeral home is essential. Wearing conservative, somber clothing shows your respect for the decedent and your fellow mourners. When it’s time to say a final goodbye, there are certain things you should avoid wearing. Never attend funeral services wearing excessively revealing clothing such as a mini skirt or tank top. Avoid casual clothing like T-shirts, jeans, and sweatshirts. Similarly, avoid casual shoes like flip flops.

It isn’t necessary to wear an all-black outfit. However, you should avoid wearing bright, flashy colors and “busy” patterns. Choose somber, dark clothing in shades of brown, gray, black, or dark blue.

Families who need to arrange funeral services in the Lakewood, Washington area can turn to Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory. Call us at (253) 584-0252 and let our compassionate staff help you plan a respectful and unique funeral ceremony that honors your loved one.

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