Do you know the type of funeral or memorial service you want after the end? It’s a question we all think about, and when you work with funeral homes in Renton, WA we’re happy to help you pre-plan. At Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory, our experienced funeral director and staff are happy to explore the options with you to create the memorial that speaks to your life. Give your loved one the gift of a pre-planned celebration of life when you answer these simple questions.
Burial or Cremation?
The first question you’ll have to answer when preplanning your funeral is whether you want a traditional burial or if you prefer cremation. The advantage of burial is that your family will always have a fixed memorial location to gather. Cremation gives more flexibility to your family how they want to celebrate your life, including creative options like scattering the ashes or incorporating them into jewelry.
Both burial and cremation can be accompanied by traditional or unconventional funeral services held on-site at our chapel or at a location of your choice. We also offer direct cremation options for families that want to arrange their own memorial service.
If you want to arrange a memorial service or funeral through our funeral homes, we offer packages to customize the size and features. Whether you’re opting for burial or cremation, you’ll get the professional services of our staff to help arrange the service. This is especially important for pre-planned services, because our staff will have the plans on hand and will be able to take charge of carrying out your wishes with the input of your family members.
Both our burial and cremation plans allow for visitation for the closest family before the ceremony. The body is prepared and those involved in the service can spend some private time with the departed before the larger ceremony for the extended family and friends. If you want visitation as part of your memorial service, you can arrange the length and guest list as part of our pre-planning services.
When you pre-plan your funeral with us, we’ll make every effort to carry out your wishes to your exact specification. If any changes are necessary, such as a selected casket or urn not being available due to the time that’s passed, we’ll consult with your chosen proxy to find the closest alternative. The selection of your proxy is a key part of pre-planning and should be the family member or close friend you trust most to work with us to expedite your plans.
If you have any special requests, such as decorations or objects that have special meaning to you, we’re happy to incorporate them into the service. You can leave a note with those requests with both us and your chosen proxy.
Pre-planning with funeral homes in Renton, WA can give you and your family peace of mind that your wishes are being carried out. Visit us at Columbia Funeral Home & Crematory at our offices at 4567 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA, 98118, only a 20-minute drive from Renton, or reach us on our website or by phone at (206) 722-1100.