Richland funeral home finishes $2 million remodel

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Einan’s at Sunset planning Memorial Day weekend events

The staff at Einan’s at Sunset in Richland already know how difficult it is for family members to visit a funeral home after the death of a loved one.

And they’ve taken care to improve the experience with a recent $2 million remodel.

They’ll celebrate the completion of the project Memorial Day weekend with tours of the facility that include a display of a replica of President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin, refreshments and music.

The renovations added about 6,000 square feet to the 9,000-square-foot Richland funeral home off the bypass highway.

The rooms where staff meet with grieving families to make funeral arrangements have been remodeled to create a “living room” feel, said Holley Sowards, who manages the operations of Einan’s at Sunset funeral home.

The three rooms — there used to be two — feature tasteful light fixtures, homey décor provided by It’s All in the Details store in Kennewick and snacks, and the rooms’ large windows showcase sweeping views of the cemetery grounds.

A large TV screen allows family members to view casket and urn styles since more people are accustomed to online shopping, Sowards said.

“When it’s on the screen, it’s not as uncomfortable,” she said.

Sowards said it was important to her team to create a space that wasn’t too “stuffy” and “old looking,” and “well, like a funeral home.”

“We started dreaming and we dreamt really big,” she said of the plans to modernize, expand and improve the 50-year-old building.

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Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord has more than 21 years of journalism experience and has been editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since July 2016. She spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two young daughters and they live in West Richland.

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