Your local Senior Center or Community Center.
Alzheimer’s Association, National: 800.272.3900.
Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington: 800.848.7097.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): 800.424.3410 provides numerous pamphlets that are helpful.
Cremation Association of North America: 312.644.6610 - www.cremationassociation.org.
Cremation.com: A service describing the cremation process and listing private entities performing cremation services.
Funeral Consumers Alliance: 800.765.0107 - www.funerals.org.
Final Passages: 707.824.0268 - www.finalpassage.org.
Legal Council for the Elderly: 202.234.0970 This is a program of AARP.
LifeCenter Northwest Organ and Tissue Donation:
Serving Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington
2553 76th Avenue Southeast
Mercer Island, WA 98040
National Association of Claims Assistance Professionals (NACAP): 800.660.9228; provides referrals of insurance claims agents for hire to assist in processing insurance paperwork.
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: 602.881.8008; provides referrals to geriatric care managers for private hire.
National Center for Home Equity Conversion will provide a list of programs that offer these loans.
Send self-addressed, stamped envelope and $1.00 to:
National Center for Home Equity Conversion
7373 147th St. Suite 115
Apple Valley, MN 55124
National Directory of Morticians [The “Red Book” funeral home directory] is a listing of some of the licensed funeral homes and funeral/burial supplies manufacturers; www.funeral-dir.com
National Insurance Consumer Helpline: 800.942.4242 for assistance on home and life insurance. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: 301.496.5751.
Not-for-Profit Funeral and Memorial Societies for Washington State:
(You must be signed up for membership prior to death to have economically priced cremation or funeral services available – cost for lifetime membership is $25.00)
People’s Memorial Association
2366 Eastlake Ave. East, #409,
Seattle, WA 98102
206.325.0489 - www.peoplesmemorial.org
Spokane Memorial Association
P.O. Box 13613
Spokane, WA 99213
509.924.8400 - www.funerals.org/spokane
People’s Memorial Association: see Not-for-Profit Societies above.
Overseas Citizens Services: 202.647.5226 regarding human remains disposition.
Respecting Choices ™ - Gundersen Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, Mayo Health System, 700 West Ave. South, La Crosse, WI. 54601; Linda Briggs, Director of Ethics, 800.362.9567, ext. 55279.
Spokane Memorial Association: see Not-for-Profit Societies above.
United Seniors Health Cooperative: 202.393.6222 is a non-profit organization of older people helping others with information on insurance and health matters.
University of Washington, Willed Body Program:
Box 357420, Seattle, WA 98195-7420
Washington State Bar Association :
Pamphlet program offers pamphlets on wills, trusts and probate. To obtain a free copy, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for each title to: Washington State Bar Association
2001 Sixth Ave. #500
Seattle, WA 98121-2599
Toll free: 800.945.9722
Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), 2033 6th Ave. Suite 1100, Seattle, WA. 98121;
800.552.0612. POLST brochure and other patient brochures available online at:
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