Seattle WA Cremation Services: Cremation & Crematory FAQs

Evergreen Washelli owns and operates our own crematory. We do not sub-contract our cremations to another firm. Your loved one remains in our care, with our staff, throughout the cremation process.

Following are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation. Keep in mind that laws and procedures vary from state to state and from provider to provider.

Can I say in advance what I want done with my remains?

Prearranging funeral and cemetery preferences and expenses is the best way of ensuring that your wishes are honored. Just as we prepare a will to ensure that our property is distributed properly, we should prepare instructions to ensure that our wishes regarding our final disposition are followed. In the planning process you will have a chance to research your options and make a well thought out decision.

What is cremation?

The irreversible process of reducing human remains to bone fragments through extreme heat and evaporation.

Is a casket needed for cremation?

No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is usually required by most states is an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard, which is cremated with the body.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes, in many cases, we will allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the crematory. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.

Is cremation accepted by all religions?

Today most religions allow cremation except for Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, Eastern Orthodox and a few Fundamentalist Christian faiths.

Can an urn be brought into church?

Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic Churches also allow the cremated remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. In fact, if the family is planning on a memorial service, we encourage the cremated remains be present as it provides a focal point for the service.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

There are many options and laws vary state to state. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered.

Do people choose cremation only to save money?

While some people select cremation for economy, many choose this option for other reasons. The simplicity and dignity of cremation, environmental concerns, and the flexibility cremation affords in ceremony planning and final disposition all add to its increasing popularity.

Don't most funeral homes have a crematory?

Most funeral homes subcontract this delicate procedure out to a third party provider in another town where the funeral home has little or no control over the crematory's operating procedures. Often, the family incurs additional transportation expenses and needless delay. At Evergreen Washelli, we own and operate our own crematory.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

Evergreen Washelli has developed a rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. If you have questions, ask us about our procedures.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, cremation takes from two to three hours at normal operating temperature between 1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F.

What happens after the cremation is complete?

After the cremation process is complete, the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber and placed in a tray for cooling. They are then processed to their final reduced consistency. The processed cremated remains are placed into an urn or some other type of container, according to the wishes of the family. Most cremated remains weigh between four to eight pounds, depending on the bone structure of the human remains.

Can two cremations be performed at once?

Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between six to eight pounds.

Are all the cremated remains returned?

With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased through us, or provided by the family, we will return the cremated remains in a temporary container.