When planning a service, you have many options available to you and we will do all that we can to provide a beautiful and respectful ceremony. No matter your choice, we can offer you a space to join with family and friends in grief, comfort and love. And above all, we will do our utmost to honor your loved one. We will be happy to go over all your options and answer any questions that you may have.
When a family chooses to hold a ceremony, they send a message to their community that they welcome their friends and neighbors to join them in saying goodbye to their loved one. By holding a service, we allow our community to support us during this difficult time. And while we may use different terms to describe it - funeral, memorial, celebration of life or even "a party" - the event to mark the end of a person's time on earth, while celebrating their life, is an important component in one's grief journey.
Our team of professional funeral directors can help you organize any celebration or service you might have in mind - whether at the funeral home, your home, a church, or another location.
We will help you build a ceremony that honors your loved one and helps tell their story.
Washington has many different options when it comes to the final disposition of your loved one's body. The most common forms are burial and cremation, but can also include alkaline hydrolysis ("water based cremation"), natural organic reduction or even donation to medical science through UW or WSU.
Our funeral home serves all cemeteries in the state of Washington, and all cemeteries offer options for either traditional burial in a casket or permanent placement of your loved one's urn in the ground, a wall or even scattered in a memorial garden section. We can also assist in returning your loved one to a different state for complete traditional burial or assist in shipping the urn as required.
If you are considering cremation, please remember that Johnston & Williams is also home to Inland Crematory, the only licensed crematory in Kittitas County. This means that your family can take comfort in knowing from the time your loved one is initially entrusted to our care, through the time the cremated remains are returned to your family, your loved one will never leave our direct care and supervision at our funeral home in Ellensburg.
To learn what sets us apart from the vast majority of funeral homes and cremation providers in our region, click here.
To learn more about our services in scattering your loved one's cremated remains in the Columbia River, click here.
At Johnston & Williams Funeral Home, we understand that having a conversation about death can be difficult. That is why we want to help you have a conversation about life. We are here to help you tell your story. We are here to build a plan that can tell your family how you want to be remembered.
We want to encourage you to share your story. Tell your loved ones about your life and about your experiences. And don’t wait until it’s too late. There is never a bad time to sit down with someone you love and share a memory.
For more information about having the Talk of a Lifetime, click here.
To get the process started to have a conversation about advance planning, click here.
Johnston & Williams Funeral Home can also assist you with the design, ordering and installation of a monument for your loved one. Selecting a monument is a process that requires many decisions to be made to arrive at a finished product that you'll be pleased with.
We primarily sell monuments that are to be placed in city/church owned cemeteries that do not offer monument sales directly, including Laurel Hill Memorial Park (Cle Elum), the Roslyn Cemeteries (all 26 of them) as well as Holy Cross Cemetery in Ellensburg.
If your loved one is buried at either the IOOF Cemetery or High Valley Cemetery (both in Ellensburg) we strongly encourage you to reach out to the cemetery directly to discuss purchasing a monument through them. Dollars spent on markers and monuments that purchased through (and installed at) IOOF/High Valley help with their ongoing expenses of keeping the cemeteries beautiful and operational.
To request an appointment to visit about a monument, please call our office at 509-925-3141