For those who die without sufficient resources for cremation or burial, there are limited options available. Under Washington State law, the next-of-kin is liable for the cost if the deceased left no funds for funeral arrangements. Veterans may qualify for a variety of benefits which are detailed under the coroners and medical examiners statewide.
Due to the limited resources available, the PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL created the Indigent Cremation Fund from the proceeds of donated cemetery lots for qualified individuals. This program is only available to the extent that we have funds on hand. To qualify, the funeral arrangements must be handled through a funeral home which is contracted with PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Association.