What is a Life Celebrant?
A celebrant designs and conducts an event honoring an individual’s life. A celebrant combines favorite stories, family pictures, beloved music, videos, readings, or prayers to create a unique tribute for your loved one. They help handle the responsibilities of shaping a ceremony so that your loved one’s service flows smoothly.
Trained and certified celebrants can create meaningful ceremonies for other life passages, such as weddings, adoption welcomings, birthdays, and other personal milestones. Commemorating a person’s entire life, though, is what draws most celebrants to their work. They know grief doesn’t go away, but that a well-done life celebration can light the way to healing.
You were called on, as fate would have it, to comfort my broken heart and deeply grieving soul. In those dark days that followed, your reassuring presence gave me a peace that I still hold with me today, and know I will continue do so in the many years to come. I’m deeply grateful that Jim’s final tribute embodied the respect I think he so deserved. It was evident to all the people who attended the service - from near and far, by friends and family who personally contributed, and by your eloquent and sensitive moderation. Your loving spirit presided over the entire ceremony. I cannot imagine anyone having done a more beautiful job as Celebrant than you, Char.
People of all denominations, spiritual beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds appreciate bagpipe music at their funeral or memorial. Our favorite bagpiper is Neil Hubbard. He has an intuitive and compassionate approach, as well as extensive experience playing for all types of funerals and memorial services. As lead piping instructor for the Northwest Firefighters Pipe Band Association, Neil has played his bagpipe at large law enforcement memorials attended by as many as 20,000 people.
Listen to Neil playing his bagpipes below. Contact him through his website or at 425-444-3622.
“Oh that I had wings like a dove, I would fly away and be at rest.” –Psalm 55.6
Dove releases typically take place at the closing of a graveside service. If another kind of service is chosen, a dove release can be performed outdoors after the service at the funeral home, church, chapel, or any other place the funeral or memorial is held.
We recommend Patrick Vanderpool, owner of Highland Lofts, White Dove Releases. Patrick is caring and highly sensitive to the needs of each family as he prepares for a service using his white doves. He presents them in beautifully handcrafted display cages that are visually stunning at the service. Email Highland Lofts or call them at 425-220-1051.
A horse-drawn processional carrying your loved one’s casket can bring honor and a sense of history to this final journey. The vintage 1840s horse-dawn hearse has original woolen curtains and is in perfect condition.
We recommend Tammy Sell from Country Wagon. Her singular business serves areas throughout the state. Email Tammy, or call the office at 360-832-7433.
We work with Ingalina's to provide catered meals as requested. View their menu.
Memorial Service Planner
A guide to the steps necessary when planning a memorial of any kind, this worksheet will help you ensure no detail of this important day is missed.
Whether you want to memorialize your loved one online, in a newspaper, or both, the Obituary Guide helps us gather important details about your loved one's life.
Information about the decedent is needed to complete and file the death certificate, which is mandatory for all dispositions. You can fill out, print, and bring the questionnaire to the arrangement meeting, or you can fax or email it to us.