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Cremation Questions

We’ve provided a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding our cremation services. If you don't see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to give you more information and clarify any of your concerns.

 

What is cremation?

Cremation is the process that reduces human remains to 3-7 pounds of inorganic compounds and it accomplishes this by exposing the body to intense heat and flame for a 1.5 - 2 hour duration, at temperatures of approximately 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit. After the cremation, the cremated remains are mechanically processed until they have the consistency of coarse sand.

Is a casket required for a direct cremation?

No. If a cremation provider offers direct cremation, the cremation provider is obligated to offer an alternative container to the families they serve. Alternative containers can be constructed of cardboard, plywood, or composite wood materials. All alternative containers must meet the construction requirements of the crematory.

What is direct cremation?

A direct cremation is a cremation performed without a funeral or memorial service provided by the funeral home. Choosing a direct cremation does not mean that a viewing or services are not an option, though these items are available at an additional cost to the direct cremation.

Is embalming required for a direct cremation service?

No, embalming is not required for direct cremation.

Do I have to buy an urn for the cremated remains?

You will be required to purchase or provide a vessel for the cremated remains.

Is it possible to ship cremated remains?

If you wish to have a loved one's cremated remains shipped, they must be shipped via the United States Postal Service. UPS, FedEx and DHL will only transport urns that do not contain cremated remains. We are happy to help with packaging and mailing cremated remains.

Who can authorize cremation?

Washington State law has a specific order as to who is required to sign a cremation authorization. The order begins with a surviving spouse, registered domestic partner or legal guardian. If there is no surviving spouse, registered domestic partner or legal guardian, it becomes the responsibility of the majority of adult children. If there are no surviving adult children, it would become the responsibility of the parents of the deceased. If the parents of the decedent are no longer living, the majority of the decedent's adult siblings would be responsible.

Is it possible to donate your body to science?

There are specific eligibility requirements for body donation. It is best to contact the funeral home with any questions you may have about the body donation process.

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