These are exciting times. Over 30 people attended our first Information Day and our 62nd Annual General Meeting in Kitchener.
Visitors were welcomed to take part in a smudging ceremony outside by Christine Lefebvre, of the Mohawk nation, who also catered a fantastic lunch.
People said: “I learned a lot”, “it was very useful”, “I am glad I attended”, “I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it”.
The speakers Michelle Crognale, inspector with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, and Mark Richardson: Board member of the Green Burial Society of Canada and Manager of Cemetery Services at City of Niagara Falls held the audience captive with their presentations.
After a short break they joined the panel with Pearl Davie, (Vice Chair, Government Relations and former President, The Federation of Ontario Memorial Societies – Funeral Consumers Alliance), Ellen Newman and Susan Koswan (the Great Green Death Project) to answer questions and discuss topics of concern with the audience.
The Information tables about green burial, future possibility of human composting, our local funeral homes, Death Cafe, Death Doulas and other “death” related topics were well attended.
If you missed it, it will be repeated next year and we still might have local events in the different centres. Make sure to receive our email-newsletter contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Are We?
The Funeral Advisory and Memorial Society of Southen Ontario (FAMS) is a compassionate consumer advocate helping members to pre-arrange simple, dignified and inexpensive funerals. FAMS also provides general information to the public.
At the time of death, stress on family and friends makes it difficult to decide quickly (and sensibly) on the final details of a funeral. We encourage our members to discuss and pre-plan those arrangements and then register with a participating funeral provider.
Currently, FAMS has participating funeral homes and/or transfer services in Ajax, Barrie, Bowmanville, Brampton, Cobourg, Colborne, Cookstown, Newcastle, Oakville, Orangeville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Toronto. Information is also available concerning funeral providers within Hamilton, and District, Kitchener-Waterloo and other parts of Southern Ontario.
The list of participating funeral homes and transfer services is updated annually to reflect changes in prices or conditions and is available to our members without charge upon request.
Founded in 1957 as The Toronto Memorial Society, FAMS is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization with an unpaid volunteer Board of Trustees. We do not have any financial interest in any funeral home, transfer service, crematorium, cemetery, or funeral products company.