Where to Start

When you first begin the process of planning a funeral, take a deep breath and don’t worry. We are here to help you decide on the choices one by one and make the process one of love, healing, and life celebration.

The process can be broken down into two stages:

  1. Decisions regarding the service and how you'd like to honor your loved one's life.
  2. Decisions regarding how you'd like to care for your loved one's physical remains.


Designing a Service

Whether it's formal, informal, traditional, or something entirely unique, a funeral provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather and support one another in taking the first steps of their healing journey.

A service can take place in any setting — at your home, outdoors, or at our facilities, for example — and a service can incorporate music, poetry, or art in the celebration of your loved one’s life. There are endless possibilities for what the service can be, and we're honored to go above and beyond in our duty to meet your personalized and specific requests.

Our staff is experienced in understanding and graciously accommodating the needs of all beliefs, faiths, lifestyles, and relationships. We're here to answer your questions and guide you through the decisions you'll need to make. We will encourage you to take your time to figure out the most meaningful and fitting way to honor your loved one and incorporate the elements that you and your family find meaningful.


Caring for a Loved One's Physical Remains

Once you've chosen how you'd like to celebrate your loved one's life journey, the next decision you'll face is how you'd like to care for their physical remains. This can be a difficult or emotional choice for you and your family. We will provide you with the necessary information you need to consider your options to make the right decision for your loved one and your family.

Once you've chosen between burial and cremation, there are a few additional decisions you'll face:

  • For a burial, you'll need to select a casket and a cemetery and choose between a ground burial or entombment in a mausoleum.
  • For cremation, you'll need to select an urn and choose whether to bury, entomb, or scatter the cremated remains, as well as where you'd like to do so. In addition to these common selections, there are many other options you have such as turning your loved one’s ashes into beautiful memorial jewelry.

No matter which path you decide to take, we'll be here to support and assist you in exploring your options and in making an informed decision that feels right for you and your loved one.

Kern Funeral Home, 1122 South Third Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273 - (360) 336-2153
Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1200 East Fir Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273 - (360) 336-6845

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