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A Look at Tribute Options for Your Loved One

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A century ago, most American families had few options when planning a burial and funeral for a recently deceased loved one. Today, funeral homes offer a variety of cemetery options that give people the opportunity to be buried in a manner that best suits them. Read this article to find out about several of these options.

Traditional Burial

Tried and true for hundreds of years, this method of laying a loved one to rest is still preferred by much of the population. If your loved one wishes for his or her body to be buried, there are several attractive cemetery options to consider. You can choose from an upright granite memorial garden, a serene garden, or a traditional and conservative cemetery garden.

Cremation

Practiced among some populations in the Far East since as early as 8,000 B.C., cremation is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. When a loved one chooses to be cremated, the options for the scattering of his or her ashes are virtually endless. In addition to being spread in a loved one’s favorite geographic location or kept on display at home, cremated remains can be placed in an urn garden or even a traditional burial cemetery.

Mausoleum

Mausoleums provide families with a unique above-ground option. Mausoleums can be made up of single crypts or companion crypts, and there are several options available to suit personal preferences and family budgets of all sizes. For religious families, chapels and other places of worship can even be incorporated into mausoleums.

If you are looking for a funeral home that provides a full range of burial and cremation services in the Tacoma area, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. Call us at (253) 584-0252 to learn more about our cremation services and memorial park.

 

 

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The first set of holidays after the loss of a loved one can be excruciatingly painful. The holidays are traditionally perceived as a time to enjoy the company of your family, and coming to terms with the fact that a family member will no longer be present during the holiday season is far from easy.

If you are looking for ways to cope with the holidays this year without your parent, partner, child, or friend, watch this video for some advice and encouragement. Remember that feeling anxious about facing the holidays without someone you love is normal, and do not feel any pressure to cook a meal or carry on a tradition that you anticipate being too emotionally draining for you.

Are you looking for a Tacoma-area funeral home with a full range of services, including grief support? To ensure that your loved one is laid to rest in full accordance with his or her wishes, call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252.

 

What Is an Online Memorial Tribute?

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In this day and age, the internet provides space for expression in virtually every aspect possible. Recently, people have started to use it as a place to honor those who are no longer living as well. Online funeral tributes provide a convenient and accessible way to memorialize loved ones.

A Place for Condolences

When someone close to you dies, many of your family members and friends may wish to give you their condolences but not know how to go about delivering them. While greeting cards are a good option, it can be difficult to find one that feels appropriate. An online funeral tribute provides those who care about you with the space to create a personalized message that they know you will receive.

A Great Way to Share Memories

For many people, sharing positive memories of time spent with a loved one can give them some light during an otherwise dark and hopeless grieving period. By creating an online funeral tribute for your loved one, family members and friends of the deceased can share visual and textual memories. Private messages allow certain memories to be shared with just a few, and open forums allow everyone with access to contribute to and gain from the online memorial. Photos, stories, and other types of memories can all be shared and found in the same place.

If you would like to learn more about creating an online tribute for your loved one, contact Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory. Call (253) 584-0252 or visit our website to find more about our cremation services and memorial park.

 

 

How to Support People You Know Who Are Experiencing the Loss of a Loved One

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When a tragedy happens and a loved one passes on, it’s not just the immediate family and friends who are impacted.  Those who know the mourning individual can aid in the healing process in a variety of ways.  Help support others through grief by following these tips:

  • Respect Their Wishes

Each individual grieves in his or her own way.  Some may want to be supported and surrounded by friends and family.  Others want to be left alone to reflect during the grieving process.  As long as there are no warning signs like substance abuse or extreme depression, it’s important to actively listen to what the mourning individual wants and try not to go against his or her wishes.

  • Offer Words of Comfort

Kind and helpful words can go a long way when it comes to healing.  Just as it’s important to share your feelings, it’s also important to be silent and listen.  It’s okay to talk about your own losses, but never say that you know how he or she is feeling, because you aren’t in his or her shoes.

  • Let Them Heal In Their Own Time

How long it takes for an individual to recover after the loss of a loved one varies.  The stages of loss and grief can take years and may dramatically differ from person to person.  Don’t put any pressure on the individual to move on, even if you feel like it is time to let go.

  • Offer Your Help

Immediately following a loss, the lives of many grief-stricken individuals become somewhat hectic.  It’s up to you to be the one who takes the initiative, as your friend may not feel comfortable asking for help.  Small acts of kindness like cooking a meal, helping with housework, and babysitting can help the heartbroken individual. 

Helping with the funeral arrangements is yet another way to support your grieving loved one.   The experienced staff at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory can help you and your mourning loved ones in a very difficult time.  If you’re looking for a full service funeral home and cemetery in Tacoma, then call (253) 584-0252.

 

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