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When people that are close to us pass away, a first-rate funeral home can be very helpful.  Learn more about burial traditions from around the world and the process of grieving from these resources. 

  • For more information about how to deal with grief, check out this page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   

Contact the experienced professionals of Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory at (253) 584-0252 for more information.

 

Mexico's Day of the Dead

Different cultures commemorate their deceased in different ways.  For example, the Mexican culture pays tribute to their dead by dedicating an entire day to the spirits and memories of their lost loved ones.

In this short video, you can learn all about the customs and traditions of Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) in Mexico.  The culture recognizes death as a part of life.  They use the day to visit the gravesite and gather with loved ones over meals and conversation. 

A death in the family can be made easier on you with the help of a first-rate funeral home and memorial park, like Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory.  We can assist you with a diverse range of services, including pre-arrangements.  Contact us in Tacoma today at (253) 584-0252.  

 

 

What to Expect During the Grieving Process

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People may experience grief for a variety of reasons.  They may have lost a loved one, lost a job, or ended a relationship.  Grieving is a process that everyone undergoes after experiencing a loss.  It can be a difficult, but going through the process is the fastest road to acceptance.  For most people, the process turns out to be a positive experience.  They may develop a renewed appreciation for what matters the most to them.  Here are a few things to expect while going through the process of grieving:

  • Everyone Grieves Differently

The first thing to understand is that everyone deals with grief in his or her own way.  Some individuals may experience anger or frustration at first.  However, this is natural in most cases.  Express your emotions appropriately.  Do not be afraid to cry or express your grief aloud.  This is a time to open up and deal with your most heartfelt feelings.

  • Do Not Feel Guilty

In many cases, it is common to feel guilty or responsible for the loss.  Though it is natural to sometimes feel this way, it will only complicate the healing process.  Deal with your emotions accordingly, but do your best to not point fingers at yourself or anyone else.

  • Expect Occasional Triggers for Grief or Sadness

Annual markers like anniversaries, birthdays, or holidays may trigger past memories and feelings.  Be prepared for those emotions to resurface.  Especially within the first few years of grieving, you may feel the need to cry in these situations.  This is perfectly normal.  In these difficult times, it may be a good idea to plan ahead for family gatherings and discuss with relatives how you can pay tribute to a lost loved one.

The entire process can be made much easier on you and your family with the assistance of a quality funeral home and memorial park.  If you’re in need of a first rate funeral home or cemetery, then contact the helpful professionals at the Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma.  Our experienced staff is compassionate and caring in your time of need.  Call us today at (253) 584-0252.  

 

 

How Different Cultures Pay Tribute to a Loss One

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There are a number of ways you can pay tribute to the lost life of a loved one.  Funerals, burials, and cremation services will vary based on the traditional values of the family.  Different cultures will commemorate their deceased in a variety of ways:

  • Jewish Funerals

In the Jewish tradition, a funeral is typically conducted within 24 hours of the death.  Customarily, the burial is attended only by the family members of the deceased.  Visitors are welcome during the Shivah, which is the Jewish seven-day mourning period.  It is traditional during the grieving period that the men won’t shave.

  • Hindu Customs

Hindu funerals are also held within 24 hours of the death of a loved one.  According to Hindu customs, it is traditional to cremate the body.  After the ceremony, the culture observes a 13-day mourning period in which friends can visit the family and offer their support and comfort.

  • Spirit Offerings of Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, it is customary to bury the deceased in the fields where they lived or worked.  The family also constructs spirit houses where they will leave various offerings, food, and beverages for the souls of departed relatives.

  •  The Day of the Dead in Mexico

Mexico observes Dia de Los Muertos on the 2nd of November each year.  They celebrate with friends and family to commemorate the spirits and memories of those who have passed on.  On this day, it is customary to visit the gravesite of the deceased and gather with loved ones over elaborate meals. 

  • Buddhist Ceremonies

It is the Buddhist belief that you are reincarnated after your death.  When they hold end-of-life services, they are celebrating the soul’s ascension from the body.  During the ceremony, guests offer their condolences by bowing before the casket.  The ceremony also traditionally involves meditation.

No matter what cultural traditions you participate in, the experienced professionals at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Tacoma can help.  We provide a diverse range of funeral home services.  We also offer cremation and pre-arrangement services.  Contact us today at (253) 584-0252 for more information.

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