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    Tips for Managing Stress Related to Funeral Planning

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Planning a funeral can be a challenge, but many people find that it is easier to do sooner rather than later. Arranging for a funeral in advance also takes away much of the stress of the planning process. For tips on making funeral pre-arrangements in Tacoma

    Pre-Plan Well In Advance

    There are many other benefits to pre-planning a funeral, and thinking about these benefits can help you manage stress levels as you plan. First, pre-planning eliminates the time pressure of planning a funeral following the death of a loved one. It also allows you and your family to focus on mourning and healing after the death of a loved one, rather than having to make last-minute arrangements. Lastly, pre-planning also saves a great deal of money, as many people tend to make emotionally motivated decisions when making funeral arrangements at the eleventh hour.  

    Take Care of Yourself

    It’s not easy planning a funeral, so it’s important to practice self-care. To stay healthy and avoid emotional burnout, be sure to exercise, eat right, and get plenty of sleep. Some people find it helpful to socialize, while others prefer to be alone. Listen to your emotional needs, and ask friends, family, spiritual leaders, or a counselor if you need support.

    Check Out the Funeral Home Thoroughly

    Get price lists from each funeral home that you visit, and use this information to draft a budget. Make sure each funeral home has a license and decent reviews on sites like Google and Yelp. If you arrange and pay for services in advance, save copies of the receipts and other documentation and keep them in a safe place that will be available to loved ones.

    At Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park we have helped thousands of people make pre-arrangements at our 120-acre cemetery in Tacoma. We offer a full-service facility with three chapels, two reception areas, and an on-site cremation chamber as well. For more information, call us at (888) 757-3958 or visit our website.

    Mt. Rainer Memorial Mausoleum and Garden Building Progress

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Mountain View Funeral Home is building a new Mausoleum called the Mt. Rainer Memorial Mausoleum and Garden. For more information, visit our website.

    • Pier Boring
    • Pier Rebar
    • Piers Bored (2)
    • Piers Poured
    • Strip Top Soil and excavate for footings

    Choosing Between Burial and Cremation

    Last updated 11 days ago

    While the traditional choice is often considered to be burial, many Americans are now choosing cremation as a way to care for the body of your loved one. It’s not an easy decision to make on behalf of your loved one, so the first recommendation we offer is to think about what he or she would have wanted. If they never mentioned a preference between the two, carefully consider the pros and cons of each option. If you go with a burial, you will need to choose a casket, vault, and cemetery. If you opt for cremation, you will have the option of placing the cremated remains on the cemetery grounds, taking the remains home in an urn, or scattering the remains at an appropriate place.

    For help on choosing between burial and cremation, contact Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park. Our funeral home has 120 acres of cemetery grounds and offers on-site cremation in Tacoma as well. For more information, give us a call at (888) 757-3958.

    Living With Grief: What to Expect and When to Get Help

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Grief is a natural response to death, loss, and traumatic events. Becoming separated from a loved one, losing a job, experiencing the death of a pet, or seeing your kids move out of the home can trigger grief. Major changes such as moving, retiring, or getting a divorce can cause grief, too. Continue reading to learn more about living with grief and how Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park can help.

    How We Grieve

    There are as many ways to grieve as there are people in the world, but in general there are five stages that many people experience as they grieve. The first stage is usually denial and shock, which is followed by the bargaining stage where we focus on what we could have done to prevent the traumatic event from happening in the first place. After this depression and anger are common. The last stage, acceptance, can take months or even years to reach.

    Impediments to the Grieving Process

    Minimizing or avoiding your feelings and emotions can slow, impede, and eventually worsen the grieving process. Overworking and abusing substances will also extend the grieving process.

    Tactics for Resolving Grief

    Acknowledging and accepting your feelings—both the positive and negative ones—is an effective approach to resolving grief. Allowing yourself time to experience uncomfortable thoughts and feelings is also important. Expressing feelings openly to trusted friends and family, or journaling about your emotions, is very helpful as well.

    Seeking Help for Grief

    If grief is getting in the way of living life, find a support group to visit or a counselor to talk to. Symptoms such as poor sleep, weight loss, depression, thoughts of suicide, and a loss of appetite should be taken very seriously.

    If you are grieving, Mountain View Funeral Home & Memorial Park is here for you. Visit our website to access our online grief support services, and call us at (888) 757-3958 for more information about what our funeral home in Tacoma has to offer you.

    How to Discuss Terminal Illness with Children

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Illness is a part of the human experience. But because of its sensitive nature, terminal illness can be an especially difficult subject to broach with young children. At Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we have some tips to offer you that help you discuss terminal illness with your children.

    Recognize That Children Are Aware of Serious Illness

    Many adults are hesitant to bright up the subject of terminal illness with their children, fearing that the conversation could frighten them. But many children, even those in elementary school, already know about death and serious illness. They know it from television shows, fairy tales, and even the classroom.

    Discuss the Meaning of Terminal

    With modern medical technology, “terminal” no longer means that death is imminent. In fact, many people diagnosed with a serious illness today may be able to live months or years longer than someone with the same disease decades ago. But with that comes a new type of grief, where the terminal patient and his or her family needs to live with the side effects of treatment, and the uncertainty about his or her long-term health. According to a number of interviews conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. Joe Nowinski, children who grow up with a parent with a terminal diagnosis admit years later that they could have handled more information than they were provided. Many of these adults said the lack of information they were given as a child actually created more anxiety for them.

    Encourage Emotional Expression and Questions

    No matter the age of your children, provide a space for them to express their feelings and ask questions. In your responses, it’s okay to respond with “I don’t know” if you truly do not know. Use simple language instead of complex medical terms to help your child understand.

    If you are dealing with a terminal illness in your family, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. In addition to providing 24/7 online grief support services, we can help you with pre-arrangements in Tacoma. For more information, visit our website or call us at (888) 757-3958.

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