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Value-Added service for Albertans
The Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society (CCMS) was formed more than half a century ago by individuals who didn't want to pay the exorbitant fees for funeral services. Formed and run as a non profit co-operative, we arrange discounted funeral plans for our members in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotoks, Strathmore, High River, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Taber and surrounding areas . Members can save on average $2500-$5000 on their funeral arrangements depending on plan selected . Plans can be prepaid to lock in the price or can be paid at time of need. Our service providers must be locally-owned and operated.
CBC teamed up with the Toronto Star to uncover pushy upselling and huge markups at Arbor Memorial, Canada's largest funeral home chain. Follow the hidden cameras into six funeral homes to see what the sales pitch looks like when you're dealing with the death of a loved one.
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Our Providers and plans
Please note we sometimes receive calls from people thinking the Memorial Society of Alberta is the same as the Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society (CCMS). CCMS is owned by its members. We only contract with locally-owned and operated service providers. While the Memorial Society of Alberta is a legitimately registered society, it is owned by Dignity Memorial. Dignity is a large network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers with thousands of funeral homes across Canada. The parent company of Dignity is Service Corporation International, an American provider of funeral goods and services as well as cemetery property and services. It is headquartered in Neartown, Houston, Texas. SCI operates more than 1500 funeral homes and 400 cemeteries in 43 states, eight Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico. Read this concerning article on SCI by Bloomberg.
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Dealing with the death of a Member
If you are faced with dealing with the death of a family member with a CCMS membership, please contact our service provider in your area. You will receive immediate assistance with no pressure to make additional purchases. The funeral home representative will verify membership and share with you any instructions left by the member. Your next step will be to identify the appropriate plan. Follow our step by step list...
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We make funeral planning simple and affordable by providing our members and their families with access to factual funeral information and exceptional funeral services priced below market cost.
Every CCMS member receives the type of funeral they want while reducing the hassel, burden and expense for their family.
CCMS and Servus Credit Union are hosting a special presentation on Advanced Care Planning
The New Calgary Central Library presents: Discovering What Death Can Teach About Living Fully
Featuring Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller
Associate Professor, Lakehead University
We are pleased to invite Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller to speak to members and their guests on the topic of Advanced Care Planning.
Advanced Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself.
Kathy is the Palliative Care Division Lead at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. She is also the author of Talking About Death Won't Kill You.
EVENT ALMOST FULL
Date and Location:
Tuesday April 16, 2019
2:00 - 4:00pm
1133 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B2
Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Host: Frank Ostaseski
Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. And the good news is we don't have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to offer.
We can harness the awareness of death to appreciate the fact that we are alive, to encourage self-exploration, to clarify our values, to find meaning, and to generate positive action. As we come in contact with life's precarious nature, we also come to appreciate its preciousness. Then we don't want to waste a minute. We want to enter our lives full and care for our family, friends, community and planet in a responsible way.
Frank will draw on the material from his highly acclaimed book The Five Invitations, and synthesize the lessons learned from three decades of being with almost 2000 people through the dying process. It will be an interactive and contemplative program that will focus on the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion, explore our personal relationship with death and engage us in honest community conversation about what matters most.
Date and Time : April 5, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m - doors will open at 8:30
Cost : Free event.
Location: Patricia A. Whelan Performance Theatre, New Central Library, Calgary
Register here: Go to CalgaryPublicLibrary.ca . To register you need to have or get a FREE library membership here
February 20, 2019
by Will McGlynn
Alberta Community & Co-operative Association
[Calgary, AB.] It’s that time of year where member co-operatives rally the troops and exercise the inherently co-operative value of democracy. We all know Annual General Meeting’s (AGM) can occasionally be dour and serious (for good reason), however not for ACCA member Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society. Their AGM was a sign of superb member engagement with over 200 of their members heading down to the Kerby Centre on a bright, mild January weekend to exercise their co-operative democracy and catch some delicious refreshments!
CCMS, who provide affordable funeral planning to its members across Southern Alberta, had a fantastic 2018. Board chair Terry Geib outlined the significant progress made on updating their website with fresh information and efforts to improve board
"Superb member engagement and an example of co-op democracy at its finest with over 200 people attending CCMS’ annual general meeting, 26 January 2019". ACCA