Choosing a Cremation Provider

In Oregon, cremation services are arranged through a licensed Funeral Establishment.

Choosing a funeral or cremation service provider in no way implies that you must choose to have a funeral. You are simply selecting who you’d like to work with regarding details of disposition, processing an array of paperwork and, if you choose, assisting with a funeral or memorial. Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions of potential providers; it’s your right to know the provider’s policies, practices and prices. To learn more about this, click on: Cremation Services: Questions to ask yourself and your provider

All Oregon funeral service providers must be licensed as Funeral Service Establishments. (A few hold a limited license as an Immediate Disposition Company, but that is insignificant, as long as they are appropriately licensed) The Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board licenses individual death care professionals and the facilities where they work. The Board maintains an informative website: http://www.oregon.gov/MortCem and they can be reached by phone at 971-673-1500.

To help families compare prices, the Federal Trade Commission requires all funeral service establishments to provide a General Price List upon request.

Basically, there are two types of providers:

Based on your needs and desires, you must decide which type of provider is best suited for you and your family.

You should evaluate the following: