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Understanding Your Role and Responsibilities as a Pallbearer

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Have you been asked to participate in a friend or family member’s funeral services as a pallbearer? If so, then you may have questions about handling this honor. Continue reading to learn what your role and responsibilities are as a pallbearer.

The Pallbearer Tradition
Pallbearers play a part in the long-standing funeral tradition of carrying the casket to the burial plot that will be the deceased’s final resting place. This tradition stems from the need that once existed to have people who could carry the casket to the graveyard. Today, the role of the pallbearer is one of symbolism rather than necessity, and these individuals play a significant part during the funeral.

The Pallbearer’s Role
Pallbearers may be asked to carry the casket from the funeral home to the hearse and from the hearse to the burial site. For this reason, you should only agree to be a pallbearer if you can carry at least 50 pounds. More than anything else, the role of the pallbearer remains to this day to bestow an honor on people who were close to the deceased. It is for this reason that being aware of pallbearer etiquette should be considered essential when you accept this responsibility.

The Pallbearer’s Responsibilities
To fulfill your role as a pallbearer, there are a few responsibilities that you should be aware of. First, dress properly for the occasion by wearing respectful clothing in black, gray, navy, or similar colors. Next, arrive at the funeral at least half an hour early, so you can learn where you will be expected to carry the casket and where you should sit during the service. Finally, be prepared to stay after most of the attendees have left to show your support for the surviving family.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory is a leading provider of cemetery and funeral services. If you’re in the process of planning a funeral near Lakewood, Washington, then please give us a call today at (253) 584-0252.

The Muslim Funeral Traditions of Muhammad Ali

When it comes to arranging funeral services, there are several factors to consider, including the deceased’s religious preferences. Watch this video to learn about the Muslim funeral that was held for Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali began planning the Islamic prayer service for his funeral more than a decade before his passing. The service emphasized the inclusiveness that guided Ali’s exceptional life, and it included a brief recitation from the Quran and some words offered by those close to the champion. The final goodbye was made during an interfaith funeral.

If you are planning a funeral, then please call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory at (253) 584-0252. We offer a broad range of funeral services and funeral planning resources at our funeral home in Lakewood, Washington.

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.

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