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Questions for Spouses to Ask Each Other About Funeral Planning

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It’s extremely difficult to think about a loved one’s passing. However, it’s important to recognize that death is a part of life. As painful as conversations about funeral planning may be, they will make life much easier for the surviving spouse. As you and your spouse begin the funeral planning process, consider asking each other the following questions.

How do you imagine your funeral?
When planning something as complicated as a funeral, you and your spouse are best off answering broad questions to start. For instance, you might ask, “Where would you like to hold your funeral?” and “Would you prefer a religious service or a secular one?” Once you and your spouse feel comfortable with the more general questions, you can start thinking about details.

Which details are most important to you?
As you and your spouse ponder your respective funerals, specific details will likely come into your minds at random times. For instance, you might discover that you and your spouse feel strongly about particular songs, poems, or lines from scripture. You may even have particular flowers in mind, or a specific eulogist you would prefer. The more details you can come up with, the easier it will be for your spouse to organize your funeral in accordance with your wishes.

How would you like your remains to be honored?
Finally, you and your spouse will need to determine how you want your remains to be laid to rest. After you decide whether you wish for your remains to be buried in a casket or cremated, determine whether you want a burial plot, mausoleum space, or a personalized memorial. If you prefer to be cremated, start thinking about where you wish to have your remains buried, scattered, or kept.

After you and your spouse answer the above questions, you can call Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory at (253) 584-0252 to formally begin the funeral planning process. Pre-planning a funeral in Lakewood, Washington will help reduce the amount of grief and stress placed on your spouse in the days after your passing.

A Look at What it Means to Sit Shiva

Considering how death is such an integral part of life, it should come as no surprise that all human cultures have developed traditions around burial and mourning. In the Jewish tradition, for example, it’s traditional for family members to sit shiva, during which time they pray for and contemplate their deceased loved one for seven days.

This video discusses the basics of shiva, which comes from the Hebrew word for “seven.” Immediately after the funeral, family members of the deceased begin the formal mourning period while members of the community come by with food and prayers. Watch the video to learn more of the traditions involved in sitting shiva.

When you lose a loved one, you want to make sure that their final wishes are honored to the best of your ability. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory is standing to lend a hand. Call our Lakewood, Washington funeral home at (253) 584-0252 if you have any questions.

Why Laughter Isn't Out of Place at a Funeral

Traditionally, funerals were somber and serious affairs that were centered on loss. Today, funeral services are evolving to become more focused on celebrating the life of a lost loved one and connecting with surviving family and friends during a difficult time. For that reason, laughter is not out of place at a funeral service, and in fact, it is often welcome.

There are many opportunities for laughter at a funeral service that are appropriate for the occasion. Sharing funny stories about the deceased during a eulogy or in conversations at the viewing are an entirely acceptable way to bring laughter into a funeral service as a way to honor your loved one. If you are a guest at a funeral for someone who is not a close family member or friend, take cues from the hosts of the service to see if humorous stories are welcome.

If you have questions about a funeral service at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, our funeral home staff is happy to help. Learn more about our services and funeral pre-planning in Lakewood, Washington, by calling (253) 584-0252.

Facing the Grief of Losing a Parent

The loss of a parent is a life-changing event. Grieving this monumental loss can be difficult, but help is available, often through a funeral home. Watch this video to learn about facing the loss of a parent.

When you lose a parent, in addition to an overwhelming sense of loneliness, you are likely to feel like you have new responsibilities to care for your remaining family members. Reach out to grief counselors to learn to work through these emotions and stressors in a healthy way.

At Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory, in addition to funeral planning and cremation services, we connect families with grief counseling in Lakewood, Washington when necessary to help them through this difficult time. To learn more about our funeral home, call (253) 584-0252.

After a Loved One Dies: The First Steps to Take

Facing the death of a loved one can be confusing and overwhelming. In addition to the emotional stress, there are several practical considerations that have to be dealt with, such as contacting a funeral home and planning a funeral service. Follow these steps to begin working through the things that have to be done when someone dies.

Choose a Funeral Home

You will need to choose a funeral home almost immediately after a loved one dies, as the home will figure prominently in the other decisions you make. Once you select a funeral home, the director will help you facilitate the transfer of your loved one to the facility, depending on the location of the death. If your loved one passed away in a hospital, generally the hospital staff and funeral home will work together to move your loved one to the funeral home. If you he or she passed away at home or otherwise outside of a setting in which medical personnel are in attendance, you will need to call 911 first. In many cases, a coroner must see people who pass away outside of a medical facility before they are transferred to a funeral home.

Notify Family and Friends

Notify close family members and friends about the death as soon as possible. This helps people who are out of town begin to make plans to attend the funeral and prevents them from finding out the news unexpectedly from another source. You may also wish to enlist some of these close family members and friends to help with some of the funeral planning tasks.

Start Funeral Planning

The funeral home you choose can guide you through the process of choosing burial or cremation and planning a funeral service, including choosing ways to personalize the service to honor your loved one. The funeral home can also assist in finding grief counseling services as needed.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory knows how stressful this time is for loved ones and is available to assist in every step of the process. When you need a funeral home in Lakewood, Washington, call (253)584-0252.

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