Direct Cremation

What is included in our direct cremation fee of $695?

In a word: EVERYTHING except government fees, which may not apply equally to everyone.

  • Our basic services and overhead as defined and mandated by the Federal Trade Commission
  • Transfer of the deceased into our custody
  • Unlimited sheltering of the deceased under refrigeration
  • Courier services to obtained the signed death certificate from the Doctor or Hospital
  • Courier services to file the death certificate with the Health Department
  • Arrangement conference with responsible party to help the family with deal with any concerns, questions, or other needs.
  • Cremation container (See example)
  • Cremation process for deceased weighing up to 300 pounds.
  • Return of Cremated remains to family in an airplane safe plastic urn. (See example)
  • As part of our service, we include picking up death certificates for delivery to the family at the time the cremated remains are returned. The cost for death certificates depends on the number required. (See Death Certificates)
  • On-line obituaries with photographs posted on two web sites: bartonfuneral.com and on www.nwmemorials.com/
    Memorials on our web site allow interested parties to post their own comments on a moderated portion of the on-line obituary for each person. (See an example here)

How do you know that you will not be subjected to sales pressure to buy additional services or goods?

We are a family owned funeral service that was founded specifically to eliminate predatory practices that have become too prevalent in the funeral industry. While we strive to make a fair living and provide our employees with secure employment, we do not have to answer or shareholders or absentee owners. Here are our owners and some employees who work day and night serving families who trust us to put their interests first.

When checking prices on-line, try to discover who owns the business you are checking on. Some on-line “cremation services” are owned by large corporate interests. In spite of a seemingly low “price”, the final cost is typically much higher. If a price is too low to be true, it is too low to be true.

It is difficult to maintain our cremation fee of $695 in the face of a weak dollar and rising energy prices but we are determined to hold the line until the economy improves and unemployment subsides.

What other charges are there for a direct cremation

Medical Examiner’s fee

Residents of King County, Washington are required to pay a $70 fee to the Medical Examiner’s office. Other counties have not yet instituted such a fee. Residents of Pierce and Snohomish Counties are not required to pay a Medical Examiners fee, so the total cost for cremation in those counties is just $695, plus death certificates, if required.

Death Certificates

Death Certificates in Washington State cost $20 each. While they may be obtained at any time from the County Public Health office, most families ask us to get copies for them since our couriers go to the Health Department daily. If additional copies are needed, they may be ordered from the Health Department by mail or while you wait. Check here for instructions from Vital Records in King County, Snohomish County, or Pierce County.

Death Certificates are required by the heirs to settle the affairs of the deceased’s estate. Check with one of our funeral directors if you have a question about how many to order, whether an original certified copy is required, or if a photocopy will suffice.

Shipping Cremated Remains

We routinely serve families from other states or countries that have a relative die in northwest Washington State. Arrangements can be done by phone and payment may be made by secure credit card or bank wire. Shipment within the United States is performed inexpensively through the U.S. Postal Service. Our fee to ship cremated remains to any destination within the United States is $100.

International shipments require special documentation and shipment by air freight. FedEx and UPS do not accept human remains for shipment. Our fee for international documentation is USD 150 and freight fees vary widely depending on the destination. If there is a direct flight from Seattle to the final destination, the air freight charges tend to be moderate. If shipment requires multiple carriers, fees tend to increase greatly because of interline agreements and insurance considerations. Part of our service is to find the lowest cost carrier consistent with low risk and a good reputation.

Traveling with Cremated Remains

The following is a direct quote from the TSA web site:

Transporting the Deceased
Traveling with Crematory Remains
“We understand how painful losing a loved one is, and we respect anyone traveling with crematory remains. Passengers are allowed to carry a crematory container as part of their carry-on luggage, but the container must pass through the X-ray machine. If the container is made of a material that generates an opaque image and prevents the Transportation Security Officer from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container cannot be allowed through the security checkpoint.
Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will an officer open the container even if the passenger requests this be done. Documentation from the funeral home is not sufficient to carry a crematory container through security and onto a plane without screening.
You may transport the urn as checked baggage provided that it is successfully screened. We will screen the urn for explosive materials/devices using a variety of techniques; if cleared, it will be permitted as checked baggage only.
Some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage so please check with your air carrier before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked baggage.
Crematory containers are made from many different types of materials, all with varying thickness. At present, we cannot state for certain whether your particular crematory container can successfully pass through an X-ray machine. However, we suggest that you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container made of a lighter weight material such as wood or plastic that can be successfully X-rayed. We will continue to work with funeral home associations to provide additional guidance in the future.”