Our Family to Your Family...
Helping You on your Healing Journey.

About Us and the Care We Give

We Live Here - Whatcom Cremation and Funeral was begun in 1983.  We are a locally owned independent family business and owners Tim and Sandy Powell are long time residents of Whatcom County.  All of our staff and facilities are here in the Northwest; we have the flexibility of responding personally to you without the burden of being a national chain or corporation.

Family Directed Arrangements -We strive to be informal but respectful, and your time with us is an opportunity for us to learn and listen.  We use a "family directed" style of care which simple means we never want you to feel pressured to purchase something you don't need or want.  For memorials we act as your consultant with resources, and referrals to save the cost of hiring a memorial event team. This doesn't mean that you can't have a viewing, graveside service, military honors, reception, church service, or celebration of life. Instead, it simply means that we collaborate WITH you rather than doing it FOR you.

Convenient Location - Our office and reception space is conveniently located in Bellingham, Washington. Step inside and you will feel a difference...quiet, peaceful spaces for viewing your loved one, planning with our staff, or gathering with friends and family. We will help you create a healing space here as you transition through the death of a loved one, or gladly refer you to other facilities that will best serve your needs. 

We Provide Regional and Long Distance Care - We are a regional provider focused on serving four counties in N.W. Washington and are licensed to make arrangements for the whole state of Washington.  If you are away from our local area and need to care for someone here, we specialize in handling funeral arrangements via phone, email, fax, and video-conferencing to help you save on travel expenses.

"High Tech AND High Touch"-We use technology to ease the process of funeral arrangements and to be efficient, but not in a way that depersonalizes our time together. We call this "High-Tech AND High Touch"; using technology to help you complete legal matters, make purchases, and bring your family and friends together with us rather then being just another impersonal internet transaction.

A Family Owned Crematory - Our crematory is located in Whatcom County and has earned the "Gold Award" by NW Clean Air for outstanding performance and commitment to the environment.  We have the strength and flexibility to respond personally to our families, not as a national corporation outlet or the "second door" to another funeral home.  

Online Resource Library - We provide free downloads of educational materials and links to important resources for you to help you in your time of need.

We Give Back to Our Community - We set aside a portion of our revenue to contribute to organizations that support families and individuals in our community.  We are also contributing members to the Funeral Consumers Alliance.

Our Core Beliefs...

- Every person is unique - their life and death deserves dignity and respect.  We give you the best price for your essential needs, and empower you to create the rest of your memorial experience.
- Caring for a loved one's death can be meaningful and appropriate while remaining affordable.
- We help create healthy communities by advocating for the deceased and their families. We empower people - with education, memorial guides, and partnerships with other community organizations. We believe in nurturing long-term relationships between our care team and the people in NW Washington.

What Makes Us Different

We are the community's affordable funeral home; for 27 years we've provided alternative cremations and burials that are creative, compassionate, and caring. Unlike cremation societies or corporately owned providers, we are locally and independently owned. We began in 1983 as Whatcom Cremation Society and our tradition of simplicity and affordability continues today as Whatcom Cremation & Funeral. Our options are priced to allow you to choose what you need from us and nothing more. We'll guide you through our innovative "do-it-yourself" approach for creative life celebrations and funerals. This flexibility, combined with our low-overhead operations and direct-to-crematory care give you the best value in a relaxed, informal manner...an inexpensive funeral home with our promise of integrity, personalization, and thoughtfulness.

Serving Whatcom county and also offering funeral services for Skagit county Washington