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    Planning the Readings for a Memorial Service

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Families use each component of a funeral to reflect on a loved one’s memory and legacy. The following video from offers tips for family members to personalize and plan the readings for a memorial service.

    Funeral arts professional Steve Spann explains how the content is typically decided between the family and the primary speaker leading the service. Families can choose from poems or verses that were favorites of the recently departed. The best memorial service readings serve both as reflective memorial and living tribute

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you lay your deceased loved one to rest. We have 120 developed acres of serene grounds located in the Tacoma area. Call (888) 757-3958 to speak with a funeral home representative.  

    Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Funeral Planning

    Last updated 15 days ago

    No one wants to think about the mortality of their parents. Still, it’s something that everyone must confront. Though it may be a difficult topic, discussing your parent’s funeral arrangements is important for preparing yourself and your family for your parents’ inevitable passing. Here are a few suggestions that will help you and your parents begin the conversation about funeral preplanning.  

    Start the Conversation Early

    The sooner you broach the topic of funeral preplanning, the more time your parents will have to think about it and begin the planning process. You might discuss the idea of preplanning your own funeral to convince your parents that they should do the same. However you introduce the topic, be sure to demonstrate that you have your family’s best interests at heart.

    Focus on Practical Benefits

    Many people are hesitant to preplan their own funerals because they don’t want family members to “make a fuss.” When discussing the prospect of preplanning a funeral, tell your parents that preplanning can actually make the funeral planning process much easier. By preplanning their funerals, your parents can take the pressure of organizing the funeral off the surviving family members, thus simplifying the grieving process. Preplanning also ensures that your parents’ funeral ceremony and burial wishes are honored.   

    Offer to Help with Planning

    If your parents are still hesitant to preplan their funerals, you might consider offering your help. You can assist with online research, help rule out burial options, and speak with a funeral home representative. Preplanning a funeral doesn’t take a long time—chances are your parents already have a good idea of how they wish to be memorialized. After you get preplanning out of the way, you and your parents can focus on enjoying the time you have left.

    Saying goodbye to a parent is never easy. To help take make the grieving process less stressful, have your parents preplan their funerals with Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. We offer a range of tasteful and respectful funeral services. Call our Tacoma-area funeral home at (888) 757-3958 or visit our website if you have any questions.

    What is Grief or Bereavement?

    Last updated 22 days ago

    After the loss of a loved one, you often hear words like “grief” or “bereavement.” Though you probably have a basic understanding of these words, you may not be clear on their explicit meanings.    

    In this short video, motivational speaker David Kessler discusses the concepts of grief and bereavement. Grief, he says, is the emptiness or sadness felt in the wake of losing a loved one, while bereavement refers to a period of time during which grief is felt.

    If you’ve recently lost a loved one, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. One of our respectful funeral directors can arrange a funeral or memorial that will help you and your loved ones find closure. For more information, call us at (888) 757-3958.     

    Understanding the Importance of Funerals

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Like most people, you probably don’t think much about your own funeral. While a funeral may not seem very important for the deceased, it is vitally important for the friends and family members left behind. By preplanning your funeral with Mountain View Funeral Home, you can help ease your loved ones’ grief after your passing. Here’s a brief look at why funerals are so important.

    Accepting Reality

    After hearing of a loved one’s passing, it’s common for a person to suffer from shock. Some people have trouble believing that a loved one has passed away. A funeral is important because it helps attendees accept the loss of their loved one, which is the first step in the grieving process.  

    Confronting Emotions

    Many survivors of loss grieve by putting up strong defenses. While there is no wrong way to grieve, refusing to express one’s emotions is generally regarded as unhealthy. A funeral offers survivors an opportunity to gather and grieve with others who are experiencing similar emotions. For many, this is an important part of moving forward.   

    Building Support

    When a close friend or family member passes away, it’s common to feel absolutely devastated. A funeral not only provides acquaintances with an opportunity to grieve; it’s the perfect time to offer support to those who were closest to the deceased. Flowers, gifts, and kind words can help remind the grieving that they’re not alone.  

    Finding Closure

    During a typical funeral or memorial service, friends and family members share their favorite memories of the deceased and put a cap on their loved one’s life. A funeral can also provide spiritual closure for the faithful. A funeral may not put an end to grieving, but it can help launch the recovery process.

    To learn more about why funerals are important, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (888) 757-3958. We’ve been helping friends and family members find peace for over 93 years. Visit our Tacoma-area funeral home to find out how we can help you get through the grieving process.

    Strategies for Dealing with Grief After a Sudden Death

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances. However, losing an otherwise healthy person to a sudden illness or accident can be particularly devastating. Many people have a difficult time accepting the loss of a loved one and become overwhelmed with grief. If you suffer the sudden loss of a dear friend or family member, let these suggestions help you find a way to move forward.   

    Get Help with Funeral Arrangements

    In the hours after you learn of your loved one’s passing, you may find yourself in a state of shock or disbelief. If you’re the next of kin, it may be up to you to make the funeral arrangements despite your emotional state. To take some of the pressure off, consider having a friend or family member help you make the funeral arrangements. You’ll find that the funeral or memorial service itself can help you and others find closure and move on. 

    Take as Much Time as You Need

    Grief affects everyone in a different way. Some people are ready to move on after a month, while others take years. You shouldn’t feel like you need to “get over” your loss on anyone’s schedule but your own. If you must return to work soon after the funeral, try to make time for meditation, prayer, or another activity that helps you relax.

    Find People to Talk To

    It can be difficult to accept the death of a loved one if you keep your feelings to yourself. For help moving past your grief, consider speaking with friends or family members who are also affected by the sudden loss. If you find it particularly difficult to get over the pain, reach out to a grief counselor or another mental health professional.

    Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory has plenty of resources to help you address your grief and find a way to move on. To make your own passing easier for your loved ones, consider making funeral or cremation pre-arrangements. You can visit our website or call our Tacoma-area funeral home at (888) 757-3958 if you have any questions. 

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