Arrange a Cremation
Meeting with Us
When arranging a cremation, you work closely with our staff, ideally meeting with us in our office. This provides you with the most direct support or it may be more helpful for you to work with us via phone, e-mail, fax, and our website.
After a death occurs, our staff will be in touch within a day (regular business hours), giving you the time and space you may need, or you may call at your convenience to make an appointment to arrange the cremation. You can also Request an Appointment via our website; a staff member will call the next business morning to confirm your appointment.
In your meeting with us, several things will be accomplished: the cremation arrangements, paperwork, and payment. You may consider whether you want a viewing prior to cremation, and/or a witnessed placement in the cremation chamber. You also may decide to expedite the cremation if you have a tightly scheduled memorial or scattering service and need to receive cremated remains in less than five business days. Various forms are available on this page in the right-hand navigation, or you can simply wait to address the forms applicable to your situation when you meet with us. All deaths require a death certificate, and during the meeting we will help you determine the number of certified copies of the death certificate you may need.
If you are planning a memorial service, there are more details to consider. These include guest books, flowers, and memorial service folders, with a complete listing in Cremation & Memorial products.
Our Cremation Services
Our cremation services are simple and affordable. They range from direct cremation (possibly with special notes or mementos), witnessed placement services at the time of cremation, or a heartfelt scattering service afterwards. You can choose from:
- Direct cremation services
- Direct cremation with a memorial service
- Expedited cremation services with a short turnaround time
- Witnessed placement services allowing one final goodbye
- Scattering services from a Washington state ferry
A viewing is a chance to say a last goodbye. It can also help family and close friends accept the reality of the death, possibly making the journey of grief more bearable.
We offer three kinds of viewings. One viewing lasts an hour, intended for up to 10 immediate family members and those considered family. The second can last up to four hours, and can include up to 50 family members and friends. Food can be set out in a separate room where we provide coffee and tea. These occur at one of our chapel locations from south King to Snohomish counties. A third option is a viewing just prior to a witnessed placement which is held at our licensed care facility, a former private home in Kent, and lasts up to an hour.
If you have decided to have a viewing, then consider whether you want your loved one dressed in clothes you have provided. Some families prefer to view their loved one in the clothes last worn. Others bring favorite clothes to our office. Some families give us the decedent’s preferred casual clothes, while others bring more formal attire, including shoes and accessories.
Cosmetology is another question. If you want it done, it’s best to furnish us with a picture of the decedent, along with favorite make-up and nail polish.
Lastly, mementos such as letters, photographs or a special blanket are often part of this honoring. You can bring them to the viewing and place them with your loved one. If you decide not to have a viewing, you can still have your loved one dressed in clothes you provide. You can also bring us mementos to have placed with the body.
Pre-Planning a Cremation
Prior to a death, you can arrange to meet, in our office or via phone, with one of our staff members to ask any questions you might have, and to complete the necessary paperwork. Pre-planning can put your mind at ease, allowing you to be present to your loved one. If pre-planning for your own cremation we recommend signing your own cremation authorization, to create less stress for your survivors. You can also choose to pre-pay for services, settling all financial matters beforehand by establishing a trust, which is ideally done in person in our office. An added benefit to establishing a trust is you can make payments to the trust over time.