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Funeral Home and Cremation Care Planning in Tacoma, WA


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In the days and weeks following a loved one’s death, the surviving family often needs a fair amount of community help. Planning and carrying out a funeral or memorial service is not an easy thing to do. The emotional difficulty of the experience is a heavy burden to bear alone. Family and friends are essential to support during such a time of grief. It is also important they receive professional help from a trusted provider of funeral and cremations care in Tacoma, WA.

A funeral director can guide the funeral planning process, but the family must be involved in some of the forethought and coordination. Without family participation, the funeral or memorial experience would be generic in nature, without depth or personalization. Potentially, it would also be unbridled by any cost constraints which could do more harm than good for the surviving family. Their involvement is central to the best outcomes.

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But what parts of the funeral or memorial experience must involve the family? Primarily the planning and awareness portions. Once their planning and key decisions are in place, the services can then be handled by funeral care professionals. Below are examples of what planning elements the family will need to be involved in, and how they might go about making the decisions.

Burial vs. Cremation

If there is not a pre-arranged funeral plan for the deceased, the surviving family will need to decide how they wish to dispose the body of their loved one. The main methods are casket burial, and cremation care. A less common option is alkaline hydrolysis, sometimes called “aquamation.”

The traditional funeral with casket burial is a beautiful service with many unique advantages. It provides a bittersweet opportunity for friends and family to gather in tribute and celebration of life. With the body present at the funeral service, those who attend can grieve and pay their last respects. The services can be personalized to mark the life story, personality, character, virtues, and accomplishments of the fallen.

Cremations are another excellent option for the right family. They are popular for a variety of reasons, including their affordability and earth friendly nature. These benefits are due to the ability to avoid embalmment, casket purchase, and full burial plot purchase. Families also appreciate the flexibility that cremation care provides. They can choose where the ashes of their loved one will be laid to rest. Some choose to bury them in a small cemetery ash garden. Other choices include a columbarium niche or mausoleum. Still, others will keep the inurned ashes at home in a place of honor, or scatter them in a place of serenity and meaning, where allowed by law.

Aquamation is similar to cremation in function, but instead of utilizing heat and flame to accelerate decomposition, it uses heat, pressure, and lye. It requires significantly less energy and produces no emissions in the process, making it even more earth-friendly. The residual bone remains are then processed to a sand-like state and returned to the family.

Attendance

When evaluating who will likely attend funeral and cremation services in Tacoma, WA, you’ll want to consider the social connections of the deceased. Start by writing the names of family and friends that you know. Then write any social circles that the deceased was involved in. Think about their workplace, clubs, hobby and sports groups, religious connections, etc. You may not know the names of people in these circles, but you can start to get an idea of how many people may attend. This process will help you to choose the venue.

Time and Place

Deciding where and when services will be held is an important decision for the family to make. Because a large amount of planning and coordination hinges on these details, it is one of the first decisions that families must make. Not all venues are available when wanted, so families and funeral directors must plan accordingly. The service elements they wish to hold, such as viewing or reception, can also impact where it should be held.  

Services Leader

Funerals and memorials are frequently conducted by a clergy leader such as a priest, rabbi, or minister. For those who wish a secular leader to conduct services, a funeral director may be able to help, although a specialist such as a celebrant can be a good choice. A family member or close friend can also help.

Funeral Home and Cremations in Tacoma, WA

Weeks' Dryer Mortuary is a full-service funeral home and cremations provider in Tacoma, WA. Our team of compassionate funeral care professionals goes to great lengths to serve families and individuals in need. You can find us at 220 134th St S Tacoma, WA 98444. Contact us for a conversation about how we can serve you today at (253) 537-0253.


Funeral & Cremation FAQs

  • What are the different funeral service options?
    The following are the different funeral service options:
  1. Funeral service with visitation
  2. Funeral service without visitation
  3. Graveyard service with visitation
  4. Graveyard service without visitation
  5. Direct burial with visitation
  6. Direct burial without visitation
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  • What are the types of caskets?
    There are 2 basic types of caskets. The metal type and the wood type. Learn more.
  • Who is eligible for military funeral honors?
  • Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
  • Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty. Learn more.

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