Funeral Home Cremations Milwaukie OR

The Beginning Steps for Funeral and Cremation in Milwaukie, OR


River View Cemetery Funeral Home is a compassionate funeral home offering funeral and cremation services in Milwaukie, OR and the surrounding area. Established in 1882, our goal is to lessen the burden on your family so that you can focus on celebrating your loved one's life and beginning your grief journey. We help families make thoughtful, well-planned arrangements at the time of death. We provide a peaceful and soothing environment where family and friends can gather to honor a loved one who has died. We also offer personalized and affordable services and products as well as assist families with making pre-planned funeral arrangements. We invite you to choose us to serve you as we have served thousands of Oregonians for generations, with a focus on the customer and respect. Call us at (503) 246-6488 for more details.


The first few steps you will take for funeral and cremation planning in Milwaukie, OR, might seem unfamiliar and out of your comfort zone. Many people haven’t been through the funeral planning process before, so they don’t know what to expect when talking to a funeral director. Rest assured knowing that you are in good hands when you call our team at River View Cemetery Funeral Home.


We believe that every family deserves personalized services, which is why we go beyond to coordinate services that align with your personal goals and family traditions. First, our staff takes time to discuss your needs and listen to your requests. Then, we ensure that the funeral plan aligns with your highest priorities. Through this process, we are always just a phone call away if you need information or have questions.


Here are a few things that you should consider when you are beginning the process of coordinating funeral services for a loved one:


The First Step for Funeral and Cremation in Milwaukie, OR

Taking the first step is the most important thing that you can do to start the funeral planning process. Don’t overcomplicate this task. All you need to do is reach out to a funeral director. Then we will guide your path as you select the ideal services to support your family. The first step is to communicate with a local funeral home that offers the services you need.


This initial conversation is simply a consultation. First, we will ask questions about your family traditions and different preferences. Then, we will share information about the services and funeral packages that you can choose. At River View Cemetery Funeral Home, our goal is to maintain open communication at all times, so you always have full support from an expert team.


This initial conversation can be scheduled as an in-person meeting if you desire. For example, you might want to tour the funeral home to see the different rooms and facilities that are available for use. Or, if you prefer the comfort of your own home, then we have the option to discuss services over the phone.


Types of Services for Your Funeral Plan

Have you thought about specific services you would like to include in the funeral plan? Typically, these services are selected because of a request from a loved one or because of family traditions. You’ll see that we have different funeral packages available and plenty of options to personalize the services in any way you desire.


When you choose River View Cemetery Funeral Home, you have access to much more than just traditional funeral services. We also provide options for a variety of other solutions that you might prefer, such as cremation, memorial services, and more. We never make assumptions about the services for each family. Instead, we want to know more about your desires. Then we will provide services to meet these needs.


Natural Funeral, Burial and Cremation Solutions

When a family is eco-conscious, they are often worried about how cremation or funeral services will have an impact on the environment. There’s no question that the way a person is laid to rest can affect the soil, air, and more. If you want to minimize your carbon footprint, you might consider alternatives to conventional burial and flame cremation or funeral services.


At River View Cemetery Funeral Home, we specialize in green funeral solutions for funeral and cremation in Milwaukie, OR. You can choose the method you would like to use to lay your loved one to rest. Then, we will handle the details to ensure that it is an eco-friendly service.


River View strives for environmental choices to meet the needs of those who wish to be sustainable, even in death. Many Portlanders visit River View Cemetery for notable burials and enjoy the scenic views of the Willamette River and Mt. Hood as well as connecting with nature. We are committed to caring for our earth and are pleased to offer sustainable funeral and cemetery options.

WHAT IS NATURAL BURIAL? We define this as the burial of human remains directly in the earth without the use of an outer burial container and without being embalmed with formaldehyde-based chemicals. Natural burial is where the deceased is buried in a biodegradable casket made of wood, woven branches, or grasses. We also provide burial shrouds where the decedent is wrapped in natural fiber and lowered into the grave on a biodegradable board to facilitate respectful interment. Natural burial allows a person to have their body returned completely and naturally to the earth, ultimately nourishing the natural surroundings that make River View Cemetery such a beautiful place.

AQUA CREMATION - WATER NOT FIRE. Aqua cremation is a sustainable option for those choosing cremation. The process is an environmentally-friendly alternative to flame cremation and burial. It uses water instead of fire. The scientific name for this flameless process is ‘alkaline hydrolysis’. It is the same process that occurs as part of nature’s course when a body is laid to rest in the soil, using a combination of water flow, temperature, and alkalinity to accelerate nature’s process.

WHAT IS A NATURAL FUNERAL? In 2004, River View Cemetery’s Board of Trustees opened River View Cemetery Funeral Home to provide the same level of service as in the cemetery. This allows seamless service to the community seeking alternatives to traditional funeral and cemetery services. A client choosing natural burial or aqua cremation may also desire a natural funeral. Our funeral home offers a variety of options that can lower the environmental impact of the funeral arrangements.

  • We offer a wide range of fully biodegradable caskets manufactured from materials such as willow, bamboo, seagrass, or all-natural wood. These caskets are made without metal hinges, handles, or latches and with all-natural interiors.
  • Preservation can be attained by using refrigeration, dry ice, or non-toxic embalming methods instead of formaldehyde-based embalming.
  • Memorial folders and other printed materials are printed on recycled paper.
  • Reception services are available through local caterers who provide natural, organic foods, fair-trade coffees and teas, as well as plates and napkins made from recycled materials.


Step #1: Schedule a Funeral Planning Consultation

What is the best way to get started when you need information about local funeral services? Simply schedule a consultation with our team so you can learn more about the ways we can help with this upcoming event. This conversation is a no-obligation way for you to learn about the industry without feeling pressured into any specific services.

We aim to offer the ongoing services you need to ensure that the funeral plan aligns with your family traditions and preferences. We are a full-service funeral and cremation provider in Milwaukie, OR. You are welcome to learn more by contacting us at River View Cemetery Funeral Home. We have a convenient location at 8421 S Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219. Call at your convenience: (503) 246-6488.


Funeral Home & Cremations FAQs

  • What is memorialization for a cremation?
    • Planning and establishing a visual symbol in beautiful surroundings will provide a lasting legacy and place to return. Families often choose to recognize their loved one with a headstone, a memorial vase, a granite bench, columbaria niche, cremation jewelry or simply the name and dates on a wall after scattering. River View has many unique memorialization options for cremation. When choosing cremation, it is important to have a plan for the urn of a loved one. In some instances, families lose or damage urns at home. Whichever type of memorialization a family chooses at River View Cemetery, their loved one becomes part of our permanent records for future generations to discover. No matter how you choose to memorialize your loved one, it is important to get the best funeral service to honor their life.
  • Should I choose Burial or Cremation?
    • One of the most important decisions you will make after the death of a loved one is whether to choose burial or cremation. Both options have their own unique benefits, and the decision ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you choose burial, you will have the opportunity to visit your loved one's gravesite and lay flowers or other items. This can be a healing experience, and it can provide closure for the bereaved. Many people prefer cremation because it allows them time to planf or a life celebration or to keep their loved one's cremated remains in a place of their choosing. There are also many different options for what to do with the cremated remains, such as scattering them in a special location or making them into jewelry. Ultimately, the decision of whether to bury or cremate your loved one is a personal one, and there is no right or wrong answer.
  • What is the purpose of embalming?
    • In many cases, if you choose to have a viewing before cremation, embalming may be required. Embalming is a process used to sanitize and temporarily preserve the body of a person who has passed away. It also can enhance the appearance of a person that has suffered damage from an accident or illness. By preserving the body through embalming, we can give you and your family time to make personalized and meaningful arrangements.
    • Is embalming required by law?

      No. Except in rare circumstances, embalming is not required by law. However, most funeral homes do not permit public viewing without embalming. If you opt to not use embalming, usually we can offer a private viewing prior to cremation with minimal preparation excluding embalming.


River View Cemetery Funeral Home
Phone: (503) 246-6488
FAX: (503) 246-1943
8421 S Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219

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