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Welcome to People's Memorial Association

Everyone deserves respect in life and death.  People's Memorial Association seeks to reduce challenges during the difficult time when a loved one dies. We help create members who advocate for and educate themselves around memorial and end-of-life planning. Since 1939, we have been the thought-leader for funeral choice, education, and advocacy in Washington State. There are currently over 72,000 living members in Washington State, and since our inception in 1939, we have served over 200,000 families.

Learn more about the benefits of being a member.  Become a member today!

Consider including PMA in your legacy plan to sustain the education and advocacy work. Learn more by visiting our page about Legacy Gifts.

People's Memorial Association (PMA) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization EIN 68-0621888. PMA is the Washington State affiliate of the Funeral Consumers Alliance.


On May 21, 2019 Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood chips and straw, into soil in a span of several weeks. The law makes Washington the first state in the U.S. to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. Also legalized was alkaline hydrolysis, or aquamation, which is reduction of the body by water and lye rather than flame.

You’ve heard of a food co-op, obviously, and probably co-ops that provide electricity, housing and services for farmers. But did you know there are funeral co-ops, and that the largest one in the nation is right near our Seattle store? It’s true! It’s called People’s Memorial Association (PMA), and it’s been helping people be empowered consumers of funeral services for 80 years!

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