We Live Here -Whatcom Cremation and Funeral began in 1983 and has always been a locally owned independent family business. Owners Tim and Sandy Powell are long time residents of Whatcom County, and all of our staff and facilities are part of the communities we serve. We have the flexibility of responding personally to you without the constraints or bureaucracy that often comes when using a national chain or corporation. Our same pricing and personal care is extended to our neighbors in Skagit County where you might hear or see our name as Skagit Cremation and Funeral.
Family Directed Arrangements -We strive to be informal but respectful, and we desire to learn and listen to your needs. We use a "family directed" style of care which simply 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.