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FAW Voted Best Funeral Home of South Sound 2023

FAW Named Winner of the Community Service Award by the Lacey South Sound Chamber

On February 1, 2023, at the Lacey South Sound Chamber Business Awards Banquet, Funeral Alternatives of Washington was given the Community Service Award for 2023. Thank you again to Lacey South Sound Chamber for selecting us for this incredible award. It is truly an honor to serve our community.

FAW Nominated for the Community Service Award by the Lacey Chamber of Commerce

The Lacey South Sound Chamber recognizes and celebrates local businesses and organizations for their achievements, community contributions, and milestones with their annual Business Awards Luncheon. We are incredibly honored to be nominated for the Community Service Award for 2023 by Lacey South Sound Chamber and are humbled that our community service actions were recognized. Giving back to the community and helping families during one of the most difficult times in their lives will always be priorities for us and are what make us who we are today. Thank you again to Lacey South Sound Chamber for the nomination and our community for always supporting us.

Our Centralia location is moving

Our Centralia location is moving! You'll find us at 417 Main Street, Suite C in Centralia. To keep our team and community safe, we will meet with families one at a time, so call today to make an appointment to speak with an advisor. Our phone number will remain the same - (360) 807-4468.

Village Green Retirement Home Lincoln Presentation

Clair Ferris was invited to the Village Green Retirement Community in Federal Way where he did a Lincoln Presentation for Presidents' Week. The presentation was well received with a special thank-you from Kathie Krause, activities director at the Village Green Retirement Community in Federal Way.

"Dear Clair, Thank you so very much for your Lincoln Presentation! I am getting so many positive responses about it. Many saying 'Best program we have had at VG!' A couple folks asked if you'll do another one or are even open to pre-planning and obit writing. Thank you again for your time and thoughtful presentation!"

Sincerely, Katie Krause

Contact Clair to be a guest speaker at your location.

LifeNet Health's Newly Formed Funeral Home Advisory Board

LifeNet Health in Renton formed a Funeral Home Advisory Board to open the lines of communication with our funeral home partners. The advisory board will assist with raising community awareness about tissue donation and provide feedback and guidance to support improvements to our recovery teams’ techniques and practices.

The board is comprised of respected professionals within their community, who are adamant supporters of LifeNet Health’s mission of saving lives, restoring health and giving hope through the gift of tissue donation.

Clair Ferris, Founder - Funeral Alternatives of Washington, with locations in Federal Way, Lacey, Tumwater and Centralia was asked to be a member of the new Advisory Board along with Bryan Stucky, Lisa Devereau, Haley Thompson, William Miller and Cameron Axelson.


Presentation - Abraham Lincoln's Funeral

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 1:30pm
Olympia Timberland Library - 313 8th Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 

The country was just beginning the healing process after the devastation of the Civil War when it was plunged into shock with the assassination of its recently re-elected president, Abraham Lincoln.

The mourning and outpouring of grief was tremendous. Funeral plans were extensive, including a train cortege from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Because of the length of Lincoln's funeral, historians have called this event "The Greatest Funeral in the History of the United States."

Learn little known facts about the funeral and gain insights into the love and devotion of a nation for its fallen leader in this engaging presentation by Clair Ferris, founder of Funeral Alternatives of Washington.

Pop-Up Blood Drive at South Sound Manor

December 17, 2020 | 10am-5pm
December 18, 2020 | 9am-5pm

Commemorating Washington State Blood Donor Day

South Sound Manor – McElroy Room
455 North Street SE
Olympia 98501

To make your appointment, click: or call 800-398-7888.

December 18, 2017 marks the Amtrak 501 passenger train derailment heading from Seattle to Portland, prompting immediate action by first responders – to aid everyone aboard the train, including those who required blood. Three years later, in partnership with our state officials, we thank the donors who stepped up before and after the accident through the first Washington and Oregon State Blood Donor Day on December 18, 2020.

Join us in supporting our local hospitals and patients all winter long! All Donors who register on either day will receive a special Washington Donor Day HOPE pin to celebrate this special day

If you can’t donate at this Pop-Up, you can still participate in the Washington Blood Donor Day Virtual Drive Dec. 1-18: Make your appointment here: On the day of your donation share the code “HOPE” to count toward our final goal of 501.

Federal Way Amateur Radio Society Monthly Meeting

2nd Thursday of every month
7 PM

Location: Funeral Alternatives of Washington-Federal Way's ShareLife Center. 31919 6th Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003

Olympia Amateur Radio Society Monthly Meeting

3rd Wednesday of every month
7 PM

Amateur Radio License Exam Sessions are at 6 pm before each regular monthly meeting. Walk-ins welcome, or to register contact Klaus Neubert, 360-280-2428. Click here for detailed information.