Funeral Alternatives of Washington Opens Location in Federal Way

New Facility Will Feature the Innovative ShareLife® Experience

Federal Way, WA – Funeral Alternatives of Washington, the area’s premier value-oriented alternative to the high cost of traditional funeral homes, has announced the opening of its fourth location. The new facility is located at 31919 6th Avenue South, Suite 200 in Federal Way. Funeral Alternatives, launched in 2002 by Clair and Sharon Ferris, currently has locations in Centralia, Lacey and Tumwater.

“Since Sharon and I opened the doors of the first Funeral Alternatives location, our goal has been to provide every family in the South Sound area with a life celebration that honors their traditions,” stated Clair Ferris. “In looking around, we saw an opportunity to expand our operations to the Federal Way community. We look forward to now offering families in the area the innovative products and services we offer at our other three locations.”

The Federal Way location’s meeting room will feature ShareLife®, a multi-sensory experience which transforms the traditional funeral event into a celebration of beautiful memories over a person’s lifetime – offering hope, healing, laughter, and tears for family and friends.

“ShareLife® creates an experience that differentiates Funeral Alternatives from every other funeral home in the area,” commented Ferris. “It features larger than life photographic backdrops that share the story of a lifetime with family and friends using mementos, videos themes, personal photos, music and sound effects. Memories made at the beach, on the golf course, or in service to one’s country are relived again in a setting like no other.”

Funeral Alternatives was developed as a new business model for funeral service more than fifteen years ago. The operation is based on the concept of not “selling” families, but first listening and then simply walking families through the various alternatives available related to the funeral service for their loved one. From the first conversation, through the arrangement process, to the life celebration, it is the goal of the staff at Funeral Alternatives to help those left behind to navigate more easily through their grief journey.

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At its foundation, Funeral Alternatives is dedicated to doing what is in the best interest of families. From traditional burial services, simple cremations or special requests, the staff at every Funeral Alternatives location works hard to incorporate a family’s traditions and customs in offering a range of affordable services.

“This new location is located on the Aging Options elder care campus and will provide more convenience to the people of south King County who are looking for the finest care and service at a fair price,” commented Ferris.

David McNeil has been hired as the Location Manager for the Funeral Alternatives operation at Federal Way. McNeil has more than 35 years of experience as a funeral professional and brings a deep, multi-cultural experience to the position.

The firm is planning a public open house from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on March 1st. A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting will take place at 5:00 PM. At the event, the staff will provide tours of the new facility and be available to answer questions about their service options, including ShareLife®.

Multi-sensory rooms for your funeral? How about 3D crystal tributes or DNA jewelry?

The News Tribune covered one of our revolutionary funeral experiences: ShareLife.

“Funerals and the industries surrounding them are changing rapidly with the times.

The industry is taking shape to address new generational tastes.

How about a wall-sized Seahawks highlight reel for your memorial? Or the gentle lapping of ocean waves with the scent of sea breeze to waft over a celebration of life in memory of your mom or dad?

Those are just some of more than 150 themes already available through the ShareLife experience offered by Funeral Alternatives, which gave The News Tribune a demonstration recently at its Tumwater location.”

Read the full article here.

2018 Lincoln’s Coffin Exhibit

In commemoration of Presidents’ Day 2018, Funeral Alternatives of Washington is presenting an exhibit featuring a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin.  The FREE exhibit will be at Funeral Alternatives’ Tumwater office, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501 on February 18 (2:00 – 7:00 p.m.) and 19 (12:00 – 7:00 p.m.).  Presentations on the assassination and funeral of the country’s 16th President will also be offered both of these days (2:00, 4:00, and 6:00 p.m.) by Clair Ferris, founder of Funeral Alternatives.

To view the specific times of the exhibit with presentations, click here: 2018 Lincoln Exhibit

17th Annual Senior Action Network Caregiver Dinner

We are pleased to host the 17th annual Caregiver Appreciation Dinner put on by Senior Action Network. This year we are able to live stream the events for family members who are not able to attend in person. Follow the link below to view the webcast.

http://webcast.funeralrecording.com/events/viewer/16564

Please note that the stream works best on Internet Explorer.

2016 Lincoln’s Coffin Exhibit

In commemoration of Presidents’ Day 2016, Funeral Alternatives of Washington is presenting an exhibit featuring a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin.  The FREE exhibit will be at Funeral Alternatives’ Tumwater office, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501 on February 11 (evening), 14 (afternoon) 15 and 16 (morning).  Presentations on the assassination and funeral of the country’s 16th President will also be offered each of these days by Clair Ferris, owner of Funeral Alternatives.  The coffin will also be on display during the day (no presentations) on February 11 and 12  (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

To view the specific times of the exhibit with presentations, click here: Lincoln Coffin Exhibit

Abraham Lincoln Coffin Exhibit

In commemoration of Presidents’ Day 2015, Funeral Alternatives of Washington is presenting an exhibit featuring a replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin.  The FREE exhibit will be at Funeral Alternatives’ Lacey office, 2830 Willamette Dr. NE, Lacey WA 98516 on February 19, 20 and 22.  Presentations on the assassination and funeral of the country’s 16th President will also be offered each day by Clair Ferris, owner of Funeral Alternatives.

To view the specific times of the exhibit and presentations, click here:  Lincoln Casket Exhibit

Presentation 7/9/2014 – Pres. Lincoln’s Funeral

Date:  Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Mason Senior Center, 190 W. Sentry Dr., Shelton, WA

Presenter:  Clair Ferris, Funeral Alternatives of Washington

Free Admission – Public Invited

Learn little known facts about Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral and gain insights into the love and devotion of a nation for its fallen leader in this engaging presentation by Clair Ferris, owner of Funeral Alternatives of Washington.

Clair will describe the extensive funeral plans, including a train cortege from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Because of the length of Lincoln’s funeral, historians have called this event “The Greatest Funeral in the History of the United States.”  Clair will also talk about Lincoln’s death and the involvement of several individuals in this national tragedy.

For more information, call 360-753-1065.

Uncommon Knowledge about the Funeral Industry

There are many myths and misunderstandings about the funeral industry.  Clair Ferris, of Funeral Alternatives of Washington, provided insights and clarifications about the industry in an article appearing June 24, 2014, on ThurstonTalk.com.  He explains:

  • When embalming is required and when it is optional
  • Who can authorize cremation
  • The cremation process and the crematory facility
  • Things to consider when selecting a funeral home
  • And much more

To learn about the above topics, please go to:

http://www.thurstontalk.com/2014/06/24/uncommon-knowledge-funeral-industry/

Presentation on Pres. Lincoln’s Funeral – 6/11/2014

Date:  Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Time:  3:00 p.m.
Place: Roolan Healthcare Center, 1505 Carpenter Rd. SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Presenter:  Clair Ferris, Funeral Alternatives of Washington

Free Admission – Public Invited

The country was just beginning to heal after the devastation of the Civil War when it was plunged into shock with the assassination of its recently re-elected president, Abraham Lincoln. The mourning and outpouring of grief was tremendous.

Funeral plans were extensive, including a train cortege from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Because of the length of Lincoln’s funeral, historians have called this event “The Greatest Funeral in the History of the United States.”

Learn little known facts about the funeral and gain insights into the love and devotion of a nation for its fallen leader in this engaging presentation by Clair Ferris, owner of Funeral Alternatives of Washington.

For more information, call 360-753-1065.

Lincoln Funeral Presentation – Popular with Audiences

During the past several months, I have had the pleasure of presenting our Lincoln program to many organizations. The following groups have heard the presentation:

  • The Olympia-Capital Centennial Rotary Club
  • Jubilee Retirement Community
  • The Firs Retirement Community
  • The Rotary Club of South Puget Sound
  • Tumwater Rotary Club
  • Eagles Landing Adult Community
  • Gateway Rotary of North Thurston County
  • Patriot’s Landing – DuPont
  • The Sequoia Adult Living Community
  • The Evergreen Christian Community
  • The Colonial Inn
  • The Rotary Club of Hawks Prairie
  • Garden Courte Memory Care Community
  • Merrill Gardens (Emeritis) Retirement Community
  • Bonaventure Retirement Community

This program is filled with history and interesting, little known facts about President Lincoln’s assassination and his funeral. It can be customized to the time your group allows. The minimum time requirement is 20 minutes; 30 minutes to an hour is preferred.

If you would like to have your group hear this program, please contact me for more information at 360-753-1065. This program is presented as a part of our community outreach.  There is no charge.  –Clair Ferris

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Clair Ferris, Owner of Funeral Alternatives of Washington