Newsletter coming in November
We are working on a new newsletter to our members with the latest information related to living, dying and planning funerals. Learn what the board is planning for the next 50 years, get answers to common questions from members and learn something new. The newsletter will be sent to members by email in late November 2020.
Format for January 30, 2021 Annual Meeting of Members
Given the limit on mass gatherings in Alberta, the CCMS Board has decided to proceed with a "virtual annual meeting". That means you can attend safety from the comfort of your own home on the internet or by telephone. Learn more.
COVID-19 Requirements Prior to Cremation
The Alberta Funeral Service Regulatory Board and the Alberta Bodies of Deceased Persons Act require that a person who passes away from COVID-19 be placed into a sealed container before cremation. Learn more.
The cost of deathcare in Alberta continues to rise as funeral homes grapple with decreasing revenues. There are other options and we are committed to providing our members with more low cost options. Stay-tuned.
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.
Benefits of Membership
Your membership also helps other work we do:
Our Providers and plans
Next Annual Meeting
Our next annual meeting is reserved at the Kerby Centre for January 30, 2021 1-4PM
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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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Meet YOur Board of Directors
The CCMS board can have between 9 and 12 directors. We are an operational board governed by our bylaws and board policies and procedures.
Vacant Board PositionS
Our Board of Directors is seeking a new director to fill an opening starting in February 2021. The ideal candidate is someone who is strong in finance, and web design. To learn more contact the Board Chair.
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.
Please share this useful and important List of Essential Numbers for Seniors with vulnerable and potentially isolated seniors.
"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." Terry Geib, CCMS Chair
"I am astounded and very touched by the quickness and clarity of your response. It is a great help at this time." R. Birks. Aug. 2020.
"The society was very helpful when my husband passed away. Service was great and the price was very reasonable. My mom's funeral cost over $12K in Lethbridge (not including casket she pre-purchased, and not including funeral plot. This was not through the Memorial society)". Kyera L. via Google Jun. 24 2020.
"I tell everyone about CCMS. When my husband died at the hospice, they asked me what I would like to do. All I did was pull his membership card out of my wallet, and everything was answered." Lola Sep. 2020.