November of 1955 the Rev. Donald Stout of the Unitarian Congregation of South Peel addressed his congregation on the question of simplicity and dignity in funeral arrangements. There was so much interest that it was decided to call a meeting to see if a Memorial Society could be formed. The first meeting on November 23rd was held in a home of a member of the congregation. A representative from the Globe and Mail was present and a report on the meeting appeared in that paper, as well as in the Star and the Telegram and other papers all over Canada, and the United States. A tremendous response to these reports came by letters from Canada and the United States from people of many different denominations and from all walks of life.