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Answering Common Questions About Funeral Planning

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Most people know very little about funeral planning until they are faced with the prospect of planning a service for a loved one. Funeral homes understand that the people who come to them need guidance throughout the decision-making process, and they are always available to answer your questions. Here are the answers to some of the common queries people have during the process of planning funeral services.

What kind of service should I plan?
You should plan any kind of funeral service that you feel is right to honor your loved one. Some people prefer very traditional funerals, while others believe a less formal service is more in keeping with what a loved one would have wanted. If your loved one pre-planned his or her funeral, you should follow the guidelines he or she laid out. Otherwise, your funeral home will help you build a personalized service that is right for your family.

How do I invite people to the service?
Funeral invitations are usually word-of-mouth. Families typically include information about the funeral in an obituary, and then they spread the word to other people. In some cases, people who are aware of the death may contact the funeral home directly to find out information about the funeral plan. If you are close friend of the family, helping them let people know about the funeral is one way you can offer your support.

Should I choose burial or cremation?
This is another decision that may be addressed in a funeral pre-plan, or you may have had conversations with the deceased during which he or she let you know his or her wishes. If you are not sure what your loved one would have wanted, your funeral home can help you weigh up the choices. There are pros and cons to both burial and cremation, so there is not one decision that is right for every family.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park, we will walk you through every step of the process of planning a funeral. Find out more about how we can support you as you plan a funeral service in Lakewood, Washington by calling (253) 584-0252.

Tips for Finding Closure

Mourning a loved one is a process that only begins at the funeral home. After funeral services are over, many people find that the most difficult part of their grieving begins. Fortunately, those feelings don’t last forever. You can find closure and focus on your happy memories of your loved one by taking care of yourself.

Watch this video for tips on finding closure. Be patient with yourself, do things that make you feel good, and ask for support. Often, your funeral home can help you find grief support services when you need them.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, we offer extensive funeral planning and grief support services in Lakewood, Washington to support families in their time of need. Find out more by calling (253) 584-0252.

Tips for Showing Your Respect During a Funeral

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Despite their desire to show support to friends and family members who have suffered a loss, attending a funeral is stressful for many people, who feel like they don’t understand funeral etiquette. Fortunately, it is easier than you may think to be respectful and offer support at funeral services. These tips will help.

Dress Appropriately
Unless the family has specifically requested another style of dress, black is a safe color choice to wear to a funeral. Navy, gray, brown, and other subdued colors can also be appropriate. When you are selecting clothing, choose something modest, similar to what you may wear to a job interview. In some cases, the family may ask everyone to wear a certain type of clothing as a way to commemorate the deceased. This information is typically available from the funeral home.

Be Attentive
During funeral services, pay attention to the speakers and avoid chatting. It is common to see people you haven’t seen recently at a funeral, and many people take this opportunity to come together as a chance to catch up. You will have an opportunity to do this before and after the service as well as at the post-funeral gathering, where sharing memories and laughter is appropriate. Funeral services themselves are solemn and should be approached as such.

Offer Condolences
For many people, this is the hardest part of attending a funeral. Keep in mind that the family and friends of the deceased will be grateful for your offers of sympathy, so don’t put undue pressure on yourself. Short, simple phrases such as “I’m so sorry for your loss” or “He/she will be missed” are acceptable for offering condolences. If you have a longer time to speak to the family, consider sharing an anecdote about the deceased that they may not know.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park is available to answer questions funeral guests may have about services at our funeral home in Lakewood , Washington. Call us at (253) 584-0252 when you need more information about funeral pre-planning, tribute videos, cremation services, or related services.

What's the Difference Between Funeral and Sympathy Flowers?

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Sending flowers after someone passes away is traditional, but you may be confused about the difference between funeral flowers and sympathy flowers. Which one should you send when you are attending funeral services or to offer you condolences? Here is what you need to know.

Funeral flowers, as the name suggest, are sent to the funeral home or location of the funeral service and are displayed during the funeral. They tend to be large arrangements and may be shaped in a non-traditional way, such as grouping the flowers to spell out the deceased’s name. Sympathy flowers are sent to the homes of the grieving family members. They are kept at home to be enjoyed by the family as a gesture of your condolences.

At Mountain View Memorial Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park, we offer comprehensive funeral planning and pre-planning services, including burial and cremation in Lakewood, Washington. In your family’s time of need, call us at (253) 584-0252.

What to Consider When Choosing a Cremation Urn

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If you have decided on cremation as your preferred option while planning your own funeral, one of the most important decisions you will make is how your remains will be stored. If you opt for an urn for storage, you may want to choose a specific urn to ensure that your wishes are carried out. Here are some things you should keep in mind when selecting your cremation urn.

Decide on a size. Your urn should be large enough to contain all of your ashes, even if you or your family chooses to have some of the ashes scattered or placed elsewhere. The best way to determine what size of urn will be best suited to your needs is to ask a professional funeral planner for advice.

Settle on a material. Funeral urns come in a wide array of materials, ranging from marble to ceramic to glass to wood. Consider where your urn will be kept; if your urn is going to be placed outside, it will be best to choose a material that will stand up to the elements better than wood. Again, you can ask your funeral planner for guidance in making this decision.

Look for an appealing design. A funeral urn needn’t be drab or dull-looking; depending on your wishes, it can be colorful or subdued, bright or lustrous. It all depends on your personality and what you think will be most suitable. You can even choose an urn with a unique design, or one with a textured appearance.

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