Memorial Services

Audience listens to eulogy at memorial service ceremony in cemetery

A memorial service — or a ceremony without casketed remains present — gives you more flexibility in how, when, and where you celebrate. You may hold a larger ceremony with speakers, or focus the celebration around photos of your loved one and special mementos from their life. By getting to know you and learning about your family’s traditions, memories, and preferences, BONNEY WATSON funeral directors will help you design a service that is truly unique.

Why Choose BONNEY WATSON?

There are many factors that differentiate BONNEY WATSON from other providers in our service area. In addition to being the oldest continuously operating business in Washington, we are one of the few independently owned and operated funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries. We also have the reputation of being the premier funeral services provider and provide a full range of funeral, cremation, and cemetery services from simple disposition to unique and meaningful funeral, memorial, and celebration of life ceremonies.

BONNEY WATSON is the only funeral services provider that offers a written promise to every family, that we will do whatever it takes to serve your family in the most personal way possible. As a family-owned company, we have never been unable to serve a family due to limited resources. If for any reason we are unable to uphold this promise, we will take responsibility for finding someone who can. 

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Seattle Memorial Services – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of a funeral or memorial service?

Funerals and memorial services play an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. At BONNEY WATSON, we know that by giving surviving family members and friends a caring, supportive environment in which to share thoughts and feelings about the death, funerals and memorial services serve as a critical step in the healing process.

Regardless of whether your loved one is buried or cremated, the ritual of a funeral or memorial service offers many benefits:

  • Provides a social support system for the bereaved
  • Helps the bereaved understand that death is final and part of life
  • Integrates the bereaved back into the community
  • Eases the transition to a new life after the death of a loved one
  • Provides a safe haven for embracing and expressing pain
  • Reaffirms one’s relationship with the person who died
  • Provides a time to say good-bye
  • Allows the bereaved to begin the healing process
I’ve never arranged a funeral or memorial service before. What do I need to know?

Nearly everyone needs to make or help make funeral arrangements at some point. This will not be an easy time, but we offer these tips for smart planning:

  • Be an informed consumer and ask questions.
  • Choose an independent funeral home like BONNEY WATSON.
  • Make sure your funeral director is properly licensed.
  • Discuss all service and payment options.
  • Make sure you receive a copy of the funeral home’s General Price List. Be prepared; whenever possible, make decisions and organize details in advance of need.
  • Plan a personalized and meaningful ceremony to help you and others begin healing.
What do funeral directors do?

BONNEY WATSON’s funeral directors are licensed professionals with specific education and training. They:

  • Make arrangements for the funeral or memorial service
  • Help you notify friends and family
  • Secure necessary permits and death certificates
  • Take care of the body
  • Coordinate all details with the clergy
  • Help arrange for burial or cremation
  • Notify your attorney if you need legal help
  • Help secure any benefits to which you may be entitled (such as life insurance)
  • Follow up after the funeral, helping you adjust to your loss
What type of funeral or memorial service should we plan?

Every family is different, and not everyone wants the same type of memorial service or funeral. BONNEY WATSON is well-known for helping families make arrangements that meet their needs and celebrate their memories and culture. Practices are influenced by religious and cultural traditions, costs and personal preferences. These factors help determine whether the service will be elaborate or simple, public or private, religious or secular, and where it will be held. You may also choose whether the body will be present at the funeral, if there will be a viewing or visitation, and if so, whether the casket will be open or closed, and whether the remains will be buried or cremated.