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What services does a funeral director help with?

In the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s passing, grief can be downright debilitating—and understandably so. At such a time, it can be very helpful to have someone outside the family who can expertly handle all of the logistics related to the funeral. At Funeral Alternatives, our local funeral directors…...

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Tips for Helping a Grieving Loved One

When a friend or family member loses someone who was very close to them, the devastation may not quickly fade, which is understandable. It’s also understandable that you want to help them move forward to a more functional state of being. But it’s always important to be respectful of your…...

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FAQ: Cremation

In Washington state, cremation is now far more common than burial. There are many reasons for this shift toward higher cremation rates. One of the biggest reasons is that cremation is more affordable, typically costing about 50% less than burial. Also, cremation allows the service to be held at a…...

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Why is cremation more popular than burial in Washington state?

At about 78%, Washington has the second highest cremation rate of any state in the country. This represents a drastic change in the past fifty years, when the vast majority of people were buried. But it’s not just in the Evergreen State that cremation rates are rising. Throughout the country,…...

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Experienced Funeral Directors in Marysville, WA

After a loved one passes away, the emotional gravity of the situation can make it challenging to focus on the logistics of a funeral. By working with an experienced funeral director, you can be confident that a dignified service will be held, even if you are working with a limited…...

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5 Types of Funeral Services

When a loved one passes, there are usually many logistical decisions to make regarding the service. In some cases, the deceased had made clear what type of service they wanted. But it’s also commonly the case that surviving loved ones need to decide how, and when, to hold the service.…...

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What are common types of caskets?

There are significant differences between common types of caskets. With casket styles ranging from simple and affordable to ornate and costly, it may seem daunting to try and select the right casket for your situation. An experienced funeral director can be very helpful by working within your budget to make…...

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FAQ: Funeral Etiquette

As we slowly emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, many of us will soon be attending memorials that have been postponed. If it’s been a long time since you last went to a funeral, you may benefit from a refresher about proper funeral courtesy. This will help to ensure that you…...

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8 Types of Urns to Consider

At about 76%, Washington has the second-highest cremation rate in the county. There are many reasons why in this state cremation has become more common than burial, including affordability and environmental concerns. These days, there is a wide assortment of urn styles to choose from, with designs being available for…...

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5 Tips for Writing & Reciting a Eulogy

When a beloved family member or friend has passed, you want to give a speech that does them justice. At the same time, you don’t want to put an excessive amount of pressure on yourself during a time that is already emotionally challenging. By keeping the speech brief and heartfelt,…...

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