What You Should or Should Not Bring to a Funeral

Just as there is no rule book detailing the “right” thing to say to someone at a funeral, it can be difficult to know what you should or should not bring to a funeral. Funerals are a time for quiet reflection, bonding with loved ones and remembering a life well-lived — not necessarily the right venue for loud electronics or other noisy devices. These general rules of funeral etiquette will allow you to be confident in your choices for what to bring (or leave at home) when you’re visiting a funeral home.

How to Cope with Difficult Emotions at a Service

When you lose a loved one or close friend, emotions of all kinds are close to the surface. Grief is generally the foremost, but you may also be feeling sadness, desolation, futility . . . and perhaps even the tiniest bit of relief if your loved one had been suffering for some time before their passing. All of these emotions are perfectly normal and should be expected, but what happens when strong emotions bubble up during the funeral service itself?

Advantages of Pre-Planning a Funeral

No one wants to consider what happens after we pass from this life, but there are inevitably details that will fall upon family members who are left behind — and who may be ill-equipped to handle them in their delicate emotional state. While it can be challenging to consider our own mortality, taking the time to pre-plan your funeral allows your loved ones the time to connect with each other during what will certainly be a difficult time. Whether there are specifics that you want to ensure are included in your celebration of life, or you simply want to spare your family from having to take action, pre-planning your funeral is painless when you work with friendly professionals.

5 Types of Funeral Services

When a loved one passes, many people believe that there is only one type of funeral service available. Typically, it’s whatever service is proscribed by their culture or religion. This may be the only type of service they’ve attended in the past.

What Does a Funeral Home Do?

The death of a loved one can be difficult – especially if you’re the one tasked with making funeral arrangements. If you’ve never been responsible for making post-death arrangements, you may be wondering where to start. As with any important event, there are decisions that need to be made. This is where your funeral home comes in. Mountain View Funeral Home can assist with many of the important decisions and essential duties of planning your loved one’s ceremony and final resting place.

What a Typical Funeral Schedule Looks Like

If you’re unsure what to expect at a funeral, you’re not alone. An estimated 2.4 million funerals take place in America every year. Yet, many guests don’t understand the intricacies of planning, or attending, a funeral service.

How to Handle Yourself at a Funeral

It’s always difficult to lose a friend or family member. The grieving process looks different for every person and every loss. Sometimes, it involves long periods spent crying, or reminiscing about the good times you spent with your loved one. Other times, mourners appear stoic and steady – perhaps they want to stay strong for their families, or simply can’t deal with the loss at this moment.

Why Do Mourners Wear Black?

Dark-colored funeral attire dates back at least as far as the 8th Century A.D., when ancient Romans wore the toga pulla – a grey, brown or black garment made of dark wool – during mourning periods. While plain black clothing remains traditional for funerals in most Western cultures, the spectrum of color has expanded. Here are a few wardrobe options that are perfectly appropriate for modern services.

5 Things To Look For In A Funeral Home

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How Pets Can Help You Cope With Loss

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