After having its funeral home contracts cancelled twice in 18 months by a large mulinational corporation, Service Corporation International, the members of PEOPLES MEMORIAL Association voted at their annual meeting on April 12, 2007 to open their own cooperative funeral home in Seattle.
This new funeral home would be owned by the members of PEOPLES MEMORIAL Association. In a matter of 7 weeks, the board and staff were able to get the cooperative incorporated and licensed as a funeral home, lease office space, purchase furniture and equipment as well as hiring and training staff.
PEOPLES MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative opened its doors June 11, 2007 on Seattles Capitol Hill, sharing a suite with the membership office of Peoples Memorial Association. From the beginning, the funeral cooperative has had a reputation for providing simple, economical funeral arrangements and quality customer service.
PEOPLES MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative is one of only six cooperative funeral homes in the US. It is the only funeral co-op on the West Coast as well as the only one located in a metropolitan area. The Funeral Cooperative now handles the funeral arrangements for approximately 1 in 12 deaths in the Seattle area and after just five years of operation is one of the largest volume funeral homes in the state of Washington.