Funeral Service Options

Family and friends getting together to honor a loved one’s life is one of the most important steps in the grieving and healing process.  You may opt to have a traditional religious or military service, or as more and more people are doing, you can choose to have a non-traditional ‘life celebration’.   

Decisions need to be made about the location of the funeral, the choice of casket or urn and who the pallbearers should be.  Another decision to make is who will be officiating the service.  You can choose to have a minister (or other religious leader) or a celebrant officiate the service.  The difference between a minister and a celebrant is that a celebrant is non-denominational. 

Whatever you choose, some sort of service is expected from family and friends of the deceased.  We are here to help create a unique and memorable service that people will remember fondly for years to come.

When Death Occurs

No matter if a death is sudden, or if it something that was a long time coming, the loss of a loved one makes us feel emotional and overwhelmed.  No amount of preparation can fully prepare you for the loss of a loved one.  When you are in a heightened emotional state, even the most basic decisions can seem staggering

Burial Service

Traditionally, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service in a church, or other place of worship.  The casket is typically present at both these events, and it is your decision on whether to have the casket open or not.  You have the option of having the remains interred (earth burial), or it may be entombed in a crypt inside a mausoleum (above ground burial).

Eulogies and Obituaries

Giving a meaningful, moving eulogy can be a nerve-wracking situation for even the most accomplished public speaker, but it need not be.  How can you summarize somebody’s life in a few short minutes, while being both somber and funny at the same time? 

Funeral Etiquette

Like everything in society, funeral etiquette and what is expected of you has evolved over time.  As always common sense and good discretion is the best guide to proper funeral etiquette.  Here are a few do’s and dont's of funeral etiquette.


A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation.  A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life.

Funeral Merchandise

See the different product offerings we have.


The memorial, or headstone as it is commonly called, is one of the most important decisions a family will make.

Catered Receptions

Both of our chapels have reception areas for family and friends to gather after a service.
We offer a variety of catered receptions to choose from. Please call us for a current list of our offerings.

Cemetery Offerings

With options from traditional below ground burial, entombment in an above ground crypt (mausoleum), many different offerings for cremation urn placements or a custom designed estate area specifically for your family, New Tacoma Cemetery is here to assist in the memorialization of your loved one in our serene, peaceful setting.

Cemetery Care for Future Generations

Assured maintenance and continuing upkeep of both cemeteries is provided through our Endowment Care Fund. From the sale of each lot, crypt and urn space, money is set aside in a trust fund. This fund is designed to ensure the cemetery will be cared for in future generations. 

New Upright Monument Section

New Tacoma has created an Upright Monument Section for those families desiring a larger sized memorial.