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Examining the Benefits of a Public Viewing Before Cremation

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Feelings of sadness and anxiety can be overwhelming in the days after losing a loved one. It’s especially difficult if the deceased leaves no instructions regarding his or her remains and burial, forcing you to guess what he or she would have wanted. If you’re unsure of whether to go with a traditional burial or a cremation, you might consider incorporating elements of each by organizing a public viewing before the cremation. Here are a few of the benefits of having a public viewing at a Lakewood, Washington funeral home before cremation.

Gather Loved Ones
It’s comforting to have friends and family around while you’re mourning a loved one. A public viewing is a somber but appropriate excuse for loved ones to gather, allowing them to mourn with you and comfort you in your time of need. In the days before and after the public viewing, you and your loved ones can tell your favorite stories and together figure out how to say goodbye.

Obtain Closure
The mourning process is different for everyone. Some people—and this may include you—need a public viewing in order to accept the passing of a loved one. Putting together a public viewing will provide yourself and your loved ones with a tangible event at which you can say goodbye to your loved one and obtain some measure of closure, which is crucial to the grieving process.

Uphold Tradition
There are numerous beliefs and traditions surrounding death and burial. For instance, many people believe that a public viewing is a crucial part of mourning. If upholding tradition is important to you and your family, then you may be comforted by a public viewing before the cremation.

If you have any questions about public viewings and cremation in Lakewood, Washington, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory at (253) 584-0252. We will do everything in our power to honor your loved one in the manner he or she deserves.

Questions for Spouses to Ask Each Other About Funeral Planning

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It’s extremely difficult to think about a loved one’s passing. However, it’s important to recognize that death is a part of life. As painful as conversations about funeral planning may be, they will make life much easier for the surviving spouse. As you and your spouse begin the funeral planning process, consider asking each other the following questions.

How do you imagine your funeral?
When planning something as complicated as a funeral, you and your spouse are best off answering broad questions to start. For instance, you might ask, “Where would you like to hold your funeral?” and “Would you prefer a religious service or a secular one?” Once you and your spouse feel comfortable with the more general questions, you can start thinking about details.

Which details are most important to you?
As you and your spouse ponder your respective funerals, specific details will likely come into your minds at random times. For instance, you might discover that you and your spouse feel strongly about particular songs, poems, or lines from scripture. You may even have particular flowers in mind, or a specific eulogist you would prefer. The more details you can come up with, the easier it will be for your spouse to organize your funeral in accordance with your wishes.

How would you like your remains to be honored?
Finally, you and your spouse will need to determine how you want your remains to be laid to rest. After you decide whether you wish for your remains to be buried in a casket or cremated, determine whether you want a burial plot, mausoleum space, or a personalized memorial. If you prefer to be cremated, start thinking about where you wish to have your remains buried, scattered, or kept.

After you and your spouse answer the above questions, you can call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory at (253) 584-0252 to formally begin the funeral planning process. Pre-planning a funeral in Lakewood, Washington will help reduce the amount of grief and stress placed on your spouse in the days after your passing.

A Look at What it Means to Sit Shiva

Considering how death is such an integral part of life, it should come as no surprise that all human cultures have developed traditions around burial and mourning. In the Jewish tradition, for example, it’s traditional for family members to sit shiva, during which time they pray for and contemplate their deceased loved one for seven days.

This video discusses the basics of shiva, which comes from the Hebrew word for “seven.” Immediately after the funeral, family members of the deceased begin the formal mourning period while members of the community come by with food and prayers. Watch the video to learn more of the traditions involved in sitting shiva.

When you lose a loved one, you want to make sure that their final wishes are honored to the best of your ability. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory is standing to lend a hand. Call our Lakewood, Washington funeral home at (253) 584-0252 if you have any questions.

Why Laughter Isn't Out of Place at a Funeral

Traditionally, funerals were somber and serious affairs that were centered on loss. Today, funeral services are evolving to become more focused on celebrating the life of a lost loved one and connecting with surviving family and friends during a difficult time. For that reason, laughter is not out of place at a funeral service, and in fact, it is often welcome.

There are many opportunities for laughter at a funeral service that are appropriate for the occasion. Sharing funny stories about the deceased during a eulogy or in conversations at the viewing are an entirely acceptable way to bring laughter into a funeral service as a way to honor your loved one. If you are a guest at a funeral for someone who is not a close family member or friend, take cues from the hosts of the service to see if humorous stories are welcome.

If you have questions about a funeral service at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, our funeral home staff is happy to help. Learn more about our services and funeral pre-planning in Lakewood, Washington, by calling (253) 584-0252.

Facing the Grief of Losing a Parent

The loss of a parent is a life-changing event. Grieving this monumental loss can be difficult, but help is available, often through a funeral home. Watch this video to learn about facing the loss of a parent.

When you lose a parent, in addition to an overwhelming sense of loneliness, you are likely to feel like you have new responsibilities to care for your remaining family members. Reach out to grief counselors to learn to work through these emotions and stressors in a healthy way.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, in addition to funeral planning and cremation services, we connect families with grief counseling in Lakewood, Washington when necessary to help them through this difficult time. To learn more about our funeral home, call (253) 584-0252.

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