History of People’s Memorial Funeral Co-op
In 2007, Service Corporation International (SCI) canceled the contracts PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL had with its Seattle area funeral homes.
The members of PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Association voted at their annual meeting on April 12, 2007 to open their own funeral home in Seattle. This new funeral home would be owned by the members of PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Association as a cooperative.
In just 7 weeks, the cooperative was incorporated and licensed as a funeral home. We leased office space, purchased furniture and equipment as well as hired and trained staff.
PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative opened its doors June 11, 2007 on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
From the beginning, the Funeral Cooperative has had a reputation for providing simple, economical funeral arrangements and quality customer service.
PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative is one of only eight cooperative funeral homes in the US.
The Funeral Cooperative now handles the funeral arrangements for approximately 1 in 12 King County deaths.
PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Funeral Co-op in the News
- The National Cooperative Business Association highlights PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative as one type consumer cooperative. (2011)
- Northwest Cooperative Development Center Feature article on PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative in their newsletter. (Winter, 2009)
- Writer Liz Taylor in her Seattle Times column Aging Deliberately advises consumers to be proactive in planning their funerals. She recommends PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Association and the PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative. (Nov 12, 2007)
- Writer Craig Harris in Seattle Post Intelligencer contrasts PEOPLE’S MEMORIAL Funeral Cooperative to the traditional funeral industry. (July 10, 2007)
- The industry publication, Funeral Monitor has a headlining article regarding the opening of People’s Memorial Funeral Cooperative. It is followed with an editorial wake-up call to the funeral industry. (July 9, 2007)
- Article in Real Change on People’s Memorial Funeral Cooperative. (June 6, 2007)