Frequently Asked Questions
The cremation container or tray is a temporary storage container that remains are placed into prior to cremation. The tray is than cremated along with the body. This container is required by Washington state law.
A burial vault or liner is what a casket is placed into for an in-ground burial. They are most often made of concrete or plastic. Most cemeteries require a vault or liner for burial.
A casket is not required for cremation. We offer a wide selection of both wood and metal caskets.
Certified copies of death certificates may be needed to settle legal affairs and file for life insurance. They are purchased from the Washington State Department of Health at a cost of $20 per copy. It is our experience that most families will need 3-5 copies.
Embalming is not required for burial or cremation. Embalming may be required for services that include any type of viewing of the deceased.
Social Security Administration will be notified of the death by the funeral directot via the internet. A one-time death benefit of $255 may be available to a surviving spouse only. Minor children of the deceased may also be eligible fro monthly benefits.
There is no death benefit from Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security Disability.
Urns are what cremated remains are placed into after the cremation process. Most urns are constructed of wood, metal, marble, and in some cases biodegradable materials. In addition, some urns are designed for specific uses such as burial or scattering. We carry a selection of over 50 urns.