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UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Human composting to be legal in Washington

Human composting to become legal next year.


Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated

Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum.


Trail of ashes: A local man’s work to restore identity to the unclaimed dead

A local retiree spends his days sifting through cemetery records, updating lists of the dead. His work has led to some surprising discoveries – and even united families across more …


Woman says stranger’s ashes in father’s urn, sues for $2.5 million

A Portland woman is suing an Oregon cremation company for $2.5 million, claiming it gave her the remains of a stranger instead of her deceased father.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 10:21 a.m.

More than meets the eye with funeral service

“A good funeral is one that gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be,” writes undertaker and author Thomas Lynch. In response …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Ranging funeral costs: It could pay to ask around

People’s Memorial Association, a funeral education and advocacy group, researched prices as of Dec. 31 statewide among 178 funeral homes that handled at least 10 cases in 2015. The group …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

Spokane funeral home sued for mistakenly cremating body

On Friday, March 18, 2016, Stella Merritt awoke to find her husband, Bob, dead. Four days later, she felt like she lost him again.


Vatican’s order against scattering ashes unlikely to change views on cremation in Spokane

Last Tuesday, Catholics around the world received sobering news from the Vatican: No more storing cremated ashes at home, splitting them up amongst family members or scattering them in the …


100 years ago in Spokane: City moves forward with plan to rebuild crematory

From our archives, 100 years ago Architect Arthur Cowley was selected to demolish and rebuild one of the city’s major civic institutions: the city crematory.


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane residents were being offered an eyebrow-raising form of garden fertilizer: crematory ashes.


Family questions how wrong body was cremated

CHEHALIS, Wash. — The family of Jerry Moon wants to know how the wrong body ended up in his casket at his Washington state funeral.