4320 196th Street SW, Suite C,
Lynnwood, WA 98036


222 East Francis Avenue
Spokane, WA 99208


3730 South Pine Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

Recent Testimonials from Washington Families Served

I had been thinking of taking care of my end... Read More

I had been thinking of taking care of my end of life business for decades. I had checked out the Neptune Society online many times. When they called, it was the right time. Everything was carefully explained, I felt no pressure (other than from myself). I feel confident that my body will be responsibly and respectfully taken care of and my children will feel support from the Society. I have recommended the Neptune Society to many friends.

Nancy Murphy

I personally experienced three times the procedures of Neptune. Both... Read More

I personally experienced three times the procedures of Neptune. Both my parents had prepaid their cremation packages. First on August 11, 2010 when my father passed. One phone call and response was quicker than I had expected. They treated my father with respect and explained what they were going to do. Second time was on December 26, 2010 when my mother passed. Once again one phone call and the response was very good. The third time was February 9, 2016 when my life time friend passed. One phone call and all was well. Each time Neptune representatives treated my loved ones with respect. The business end of these events was also easily done. All went so well I bought a Neptune package for my husband and myself as did my brother and his wife. I have all good things to say about Neptune. It was the easiest ordeal of this kind in my life. The staff in the office are very caring and sensitive to our emotions. We have a total of nine prepaid packages with Neptune. I encourage anyone to check them out. It is comforting to know arrangements are made and the stress level on the family is somewhat lessened.

Sheila D.
Spokane, WA

My experience with Neptune Society of Tacoma was professional and... Read More

My experience with Neptune Society of Tacoma was professional and pleasant. John Z. took all the time I needed and answered all of my questions so I was confident that choosing this plan meant my children will not go through the expense and family conflict I went through when my father passed. All of my kids have the details of my plan and know that it’s simple transportation and cremation, nothing more and nothing more is needed for my wishes. The additional $400 or so for transportation anywhere in the world is an extra peace of mind well worth it as I intend to spend my last years travelling extensively. 😀 Thanks again, Neptune!

Tacoma, WA

My mother had pre-arranged her own cremation in 2012 and... Read More

My mother had pre-arranged her own cremation in 2012 and had given me a card to carry in my wallet, which it was my unfortunate need to take out and use on January 10. The hospital where she passed was undergoing a change of procedure, and for a brief time the hospital was unable to locate her remains. I called the number on the card, where I was automatically transferred to the Tacoma office. The funeral director there took charge at a time when I really couldn’t think straight, and soon I was contacted by the funeral director at the Lynnwood office, who had everything under control. Two days later, my sister and I met him at their office to sign some paperwork, a process that took all of 15 minutes and where all of my questions were answered. There was no up-selling, and everything was handled respectfully and efficiently.

Dan B.
Lynnwood, WA

I thought I would take the time to write a... Read More

I thought I would take the time to write a review about this company, their staff and the service our family received recently. Last year when my father died, we were recommended by a hospice service to use a local company to have my father cremated, and while they were less in cost; so was the information we received as well as the service they provided. This time we decided to call the Neptune Society in Tacoma, and while the price was higher so was the professional service rendered to our family. The gentlemen we dealt with seemed interested in who my mother was, how long she was ill; and how we were holding up. He them proceeded to take us through, what I will describe as a journey of caring for my mother. There weren’t any hidden costs, in other words we didn’t have to pay more to have the Neptune Society pick the death certificates up from the local Health Department; nor were we charged to complete the document’s to have my mother buried with my father at the National Cemetery. Instead we found the service to be one of caring, understanding professional people, who truly cared about us and our loss. At times we all try to save money, especially in this day and age…….however not when it comes to the care of someone we love. I would highly recommend the Neptune Society to anyone who has suffered a loss, this was an totally professional experience, something we didn’t feel when we lost our father.

Susan R.
Tacoma, WA

I didn't get a name, but the ladies there were... Read More

I didn’t get a name, but the ladies there were so gracious, friendly, and helpful. Thank you for your valuable service.

Charles Curtis
Spokane, WA

I am a licensed funeral director and embalmer, needless to... Read More

I am a licensed funeral director and embalmer, needless to say, I haven’t always had the highest opinion of cremation societies. However, I brother in law passed away in Spokane,WA, with any previous arrangements made, my sister chose Neptune of Spokane. I was very impressed with the way they handled themselves with my sister, I was not able to be present when the arrangement was made but in talking to my sister, things could not have gone smoother. Felicia in the Spokane office went above and beyond to see that my sister’s needs were met with honor and dignity. She lives in Montana, so distance was an issue, it was arranged for his created remains to be sent to her along with the death certificates and other needed information. This was all handled in a timely manner and done exactly as promised. My sister was extremely pleased and gives Felicia and the Neptune Society very high marks for the way they handled the arrangements

Brian A.
Spokane, WA

Places to Scatter Ashes in Washington

Mount Rainer National Park

When choosing a place to scatter ashes in Washington, consider the mountain that has become an icon throughout Washington: Mount Rainier. The active volcano is surrounded by a variety of environments and wildlife, giving a variety of locations to set your loved one to rest. The appropriate scattering permit can be found online.

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Olympic National Park

With beaches, rainforests, and mountains, you might think you were somewhere in tropical South America if it weren’t for the chill in the air. With so many places to explore, it allows for many interesting and fulfilling return trips in honor of a lost loved one. To learn more about scattering in Olympic Park, download their Special Use Permit and contact the park.

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Strait of Juan de Fuca

Washington allows the scattering of ashes on public, state-owned, navigable waterways. While this also allows one to scatter ashes in Puget Sound and other lakes and rivers, the Strait of Juan de Fuca offers a more isolated location for scattering. The Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway offers a beautiful drive along the northwest coast of Washington with many opportunities to venture out onto the water to memorialize a loved one.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Washington

Washington law allows you to scatter ashes over uninhabited public land, over a public waterway or sea, or on private property of a consenting owner. If scattering at sea you must be at least 3 nautical miles from land, notify the EPA within 30 days of scattering, and avoid beaches and wading pools. You must obtain a permit to scatter on federal land. You can also scatter the ashes, but NOT the container, from the air as the government doesn’t consider cremains to be hazardous material. If the container isn’t biodegradable you must remove the ashes from the container before scattering.

Places to Hold Memorial Services in Washington

Woodinville Lavender Farm

Located just outside of Seattle, this lush lavender farm offers a relaxing backdrop for a quiet memorial service. This is a smaller venue, but it is available throughout the year with indoor and outdoor accommodations. Schedule the memorial services in July to see the lavender in full bloom. For more information about holding an event, contact Woodinville Lavender Farm via phone or email.

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Ohme Gardens

This community park and garden is perched high on a rock outcropping with sweeping views of the mountains surrounding it. The park is located in the middle of the state and is open seasonally with wildflower blooms, small pools, and waterfalls from spring to fall. To support the park and memorialize a loved one at the same time, learn more by calling or sending them an email.

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Glover Mansion

In the heart of Spokane there is a Victorian mansion which has been repurposed to host events in the area, including memorial services. An elegant location with a modern feel, the Glover Mansion provides much flexibility in planning, and gives loved ones an easy-to-access place to gather. For more information about their events, visit their website.

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Washington Cremation FAQs

What happens if you can’t pay for funeral services in Washington?

There are limited burial reimbursement options for the extremely impoverished, but recently those programs have been severely cut back. Unclaimed remains are first offered to local medical schools with preference to the University of Washington, then they are offered to educational embalming programs in mortuary schools. If the remains are rejected for donation, then the county will either bury or cremate the remains, whichever is more convenient.

How many funeral homes are there in Washington?

There are 192 funeral homes in 118 cities of Washington.

Washington State Facts

Unofficial State Nickname: The Evergreen State

Unofficial State Motto: Alki, which is Chinook for “by and by”

State Population: 7,062,000

State Cremation Rate: 75.2%

State Bird: American Goldfinch

State Flower: Pacific Rhododendron

State Tree: Western Hemlock

State Marine Mammal: Orca

Bonus Fact 1: Washington has the most glaciers of any state in the contiguous US.

Bonus Fact 2: Seattle has the highest percentage of residents in the US holding a college degree.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2014.