Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors Serving Yakima, Washington

The staff members of Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors will guide your family in creating a meaningful ceremony to honor the life and memory of a loved one. A ceremony can be anything you wish it to be: simple or elaborate, traditional or unique. No matter how it's tailored, such a ceremony is an important step in recovering from loss.

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Our Community Events

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Shaw & Sons Community Outreach offers a 12-week series entitled "Good Grief". This FREE series will be a place where attendees give and receive support following a loss. This step can do much to ease pain and will provide a place to be safe with your feelings, and to not be alone. Weekly topics will help develop strategies for maintaining health and renewing vision for carrying on in life - while coping with emotions. For men losses can be even more complicated than for women - men are Welcome to attend! Our group facilitator and resource person has a MaPMin degree and 30 years experience conducting many community service programs, including Depression Recovery, Overcoming Stress, Healthful Cooking, and Coping with Loss. We appreciate pre-registration, but you may 'drop by' anyway. Our current 12-week session is underway. For more information about future sessions, call 509-453-0331. Read more

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

    What will happen at the event? REFLECTION - 5:30 – 6:00 PM Arrive and proceed to the ShareLife Chapel, placing your pet’s photo or memorabilia on the remembrance table (see below), light a candle for your pet if desired. A time of quiet contemplation will take place until 6:00 PM. SUPPORT – 6:00 – 6:15 PM Grief support facilitator Andrew Fleming has a master’s degree and 30 years’ experience conducting many community service programs, including Depression Recovery, Overcoming Stress, Healthful Cooking, and Coping with Loss. He will present practical information on several aspects of working through sorrow of losing a pet. REMEMBRANCE – 6:20 – 6:30 PM Our Pet Memories Video will be shown. (Include your pet’s photo before Oct. 4 – See guidelines below.) KEEPSAKE CRAFT - 6:30 – 7:00 PM Create a memory bracelet of brightly colored beads or “Forever a Beautiful Star” necklace or tree ornament. Other simple crafts for children will be available as well. REFRESHMENTS – 7:00 – 7:30 PM Enjoy coffee, punch and cookies at your leisure. What is the cost to attend the Event? There is no charge to attend Pet Legacies. Is the program appropriate for children? The Event is designed for adults and children. The loss of a pet is an important event in a child’s life. Children’s loss will be specifically addressed in our activities and in the information offered. The Event is divided into 10-minute and 15-minute segments to make it easier to hold a child’s attention, and to allow short breaks between segments. How do I have my pet included in the Pet Memories Video? Please email a photo of your pet to by October 4th. If you do not care to use email, you may bring in the photo to Shaw & Sons at 201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima during regular business hours Monday through Saturday, before October 4th. We will return your photo to you at that time. For privacy reasons we do not use photos of pets that include children in the photo. What should I bring to the event? For our Reflection segment you may want to bring a small framed photo for our remembrance table, or an item of memorabilia such as your pet’s collar, tag, favorite toy, etc. to display during this time. You will also have to opportunity to write a note to your pet during the Reflection segment. Who can attend? Anyone who has loved and lost a pet. Bring a friend, neighbor or family member who might benefit. Where can I get more information? Visit the Shaw & Sons’ website Or call Shaw & Sons during regular business hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM weekdays and 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays. Read more

  • Celebration of Life — Frank Sinatra at 100!
    Friday, November 4, 2016

    A Celebration Indeed! Great Memories - Great Music - Great Food & Drinks - An event preview of our ShareLife Chapel Visit our website for more information Read more

  • HOPE ILLUMINATES COMMUNITY CANDLELIGHT honor the memory of our loved ones
    Sunday, December 11, 2016

    The public is invited to share an evening of music, hope, and healing at the 2016 "Hope Illuminates" Community Candlelight Remembrance...sponsored by Shaw & Sons' Community Care. This is a FREE community event which honors the memory of our loved ones, as well as offering a contemplative respite from the busy holidays, and ideas for grief coping skills. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Birdwell at 509-453-0331 The event is set for Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Shaw & Sons Community Care...providing healing experiences for our community Read more

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A Letter to My Community Family

Kathy Birdwell
Managing Partner and Funeral Director, Shaw & Sons
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A Letter to My Community Family,

As the manager at Shaw & Sons, I feel fortunate to spend my days and my energy in the heart of downtown Yakima. Established in 1898, Shaw & Sons is located in the Yakima Valley, surrounded by friendly people, bountiful agriculture, terrific weather and the beauty of nearby mountains. Because this is our home, each of our staff members wants to see this area continue to grow and prosper for our children, grandchildren and beyond. Since my great grandfather arrived here in 1904, my family – now 6 generations in all - has loved living and working in the Yakima Valley.

This community has a big heart and we help our neighbors. In the spirit of giving back, the staff at Shaw & Sons spends countless hours engaged and involved in our neighborhoods. As a group, we host several events each year:

  • Annual Holiday Service of Remembrance
  • Parking Lot Pumpkin Patch Food Drive
  • Tacos for Tots benefitting Children’s Miracle Network
  • Pet Memorial Workshop
  • Facebook “Like It” Campaign benefitting Humane Society of Central WA
  • Honoring Old Glory Flag Retirement Program

We hope you will join with us on one of these occasions. Together we can strengthen our sense of community. Helping others is the foundation of who we are at Shaw & Sons. Today, the families we serve very often tell us that it is the genuine care shown by our staff that makes the difference.


Managing Partner and Funeral Director, Shaw & Sons
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