Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery is unique among Arizona funeral homes in that we actively look for ways to reach out to our community. Our family gives thanks every day for the opportunity to serve your family, a trust that we have valued since 1951 and continue to value today. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to share some lasting ways to give thanks for our loved ones during the holiday season. We hope you enjoy these ideas as you consider ways to be thankful this holiday season.

Create a Gratitude Tree

Whether you’re crafty or not, a gratitude tree is a way that friends and family can come together during the Thanksgiving season to simply say “Thank You” for the many times throughout the year that they receive care from one another. The idea can be as simple as strips of paper provided with pens at the dinner table, or as elaborate as multi-colored leaves cut from construction paper and displayed on a wall-sized tree. Displaying and sharing the love will provide hours of warmth and lasting memories.

Family Cookbooks or Calendars

Few things evoke family more effectively than the sights and smells around the kitchen, so creating a family cookbook — regardless of the size — is a fantastic way to gather and share memories. Be creative! There should be no limitations, and including little tidbits of knowledge of family secrets keeps the traditions alive. Calendars are also a great way for families to maintain unity, and during Thanksgiving gatherings may be an option for grabbing far-flung family members for an annual family photo.

Volunteer Together

Perhaps one of the best ways to honor a loved one is to give to a worthy cause on their behalf. You may also want to consider giving of your time together and making it a tradition that is continued throughout the years. Spending a few hours serving at a local homeless shelter, singing early carols at a nursing home or even offering to do yard work for elderly relatives or neighbors can help bring a family together and tighten the bond.

It is our sincere hope that when you are looking for Arizona funeral homes that you will consider Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery. We look for ways to support each family as our own. We can help you create any type of experience from a joyful celebration of life to a simple and peaceful meditation in one of our lovely memorial gardens or our chapel mausoleum, depending on your needs. Our staff is the most caring and compassionate that you will find at any of the Arizona funeral homes.

From our family to yours, we wish you a peaceful an joyful Thanksgiving filled with gratitude.