Thank you to the 200 members and guests who attended our AGM on January 28, 2023. A video of the meeting can be found here and on our AGM Meeting Materials page.
We facilitate through education and access to plans with local funeral homes: simple, rational and dignified funerals at lower cost than market, and making your funeral arrangements well in advance in an atmosphere free from emotional strain. We've been operating in Alberta since 1965, and have 48,000 members across Alberta. No upfront investment is required.
By becoming a member not only do we provide you with access to lower cost funeral plans from local providers across the province, we also provide you access to our online registry where you can gather a variety of family information and record your decisions about the type of service you want. At time of need, your family can access your information through any one of our service providers - reducing their grief during a difficult time and giving them the opportunity to honour your wishes.
2023-2025 Plans now in effect for Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and Lethbridge
Come Volunteer with Us!
The board will be accepting nominations for two (2) board director positions for the upcoming 2022/23 year. We are also looking for people interested in sitting on one of our committees. Learn more.
TIME OF NEED ASSISTANCE
If you are dealing with the death of a member, please contact one of our service providers directly. What to do when a loved one dies.
Value-Added service for Albertans
The Cooperative Memorial Society (CMS) was formed more than half a century ago by individuals who didn't want to pay the high fees for traditional funeral services when all they wanted was a simple economical funeral. Formed and run as a non profit co-operative, we work with reputable service providers to provide discounted funeral plans for our members across central and southern Alberta . Members can save on average $2500 by choosing more simplified services depending on plan selected . Money can also be saved by prepaying plans to lock in the price.
Benefits of Membership
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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 CMS membership, please contact one of our service providers in your area. You will receive immediate assistance with no pressure to make additional purchases. The funeral home representative will verify membership through our database 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 our Board of Directors
The CMS board has 12 directors. We are an operational board governed by our bylaws and board policies and procedures.
Vacant Board Positions
The board will be accepting nominations for two (2) board director positions for the upcoming 2022/23 year.
In addition to the qualifications required under the Cooperatives Act of Alberta, directors must have a membership in the cooperative, be committed to the cooperative’s mission and strategic directions, be willing to commit the time required, assume responsibilities needed to manage the cooperative effectively and be open to learning.
An ideal candidate for board membership will have some experience in one of the following areas:
Board members are expected to:
Board Director Terms are for three (3) years to a maximum of three (3) consecutive terms.
How to apply
Interested candidates should contact Mark Farris, Chair of the Board Capacity Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (403) 554-4747.
Thank you for your interest.
This service was great for my dad. My mom didn't belong. We had the same kind of funeral for her which was basically just immediate family. Mom's funeral was $8,000 and dad's was $2,700. It was easy to plan. I called the funeral home. They picked up my dad's body from the nursing home and looked after the ministry and everything. We stored the ashes at the funeral home until we were ready for the family to meet. Thanks for the great service.
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Calgary Emergency Management Agency
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) wants to understand how prepared you are for an emergency or disaster in Calgary. "We are particularly interested in knowing how newcomers, older adults, Racialized community members, people with disabilities and urban Indigenous community members find and act on information related to disasters and hazards in Calgary." This information will be used to build a new emergency preparedness program, Ready Calgary, that better meets the needs of those most vulnerable to the disaster risks and hazards in Calgary. The survey is available online in multiple languages and will remain open until December 18, 2022.
Age-Friendly Calgary Update
I'm sure you've heard this before, but wow, how is the Christmas season upon us already! The holidays represent a time for family and friends to come together, create new memories and share in the season of giving. A time of year for celebration and joyful gatherings. But for some, the holidays can be stressful, lonely and challenging. There are many resources available in the community that can help support someone who may find themselves needing a little extra help during this time of year. You can refer to the essential numbers for seniors in Calgary which contains useful phone numbers to agencies and resources or contact 211 for information and referrals for community and social services.
There are also opportunities to give back this holiday season through volunteering. The City of Calgary's older adults and social isolation website has a section titled, Things to Do and lists numerous senior serving organizations looking for volunteers.
As a part of Unison at Kerby Centre's LIVE WELL BE WELL series, you're invited to join the upcoming online session titled, Declutter your Nest. A cluttered space can cause stress, impact productivity and generally make household tasks much more difficult. If you're looking for an easy way to reduce stress, decluttering your environment may be a good place to start. Please click the link and register or contact Lola at 403-234-6566 or email email@example.com
Calgary Seniors' Resource Society
The Calgary Seniors' Resource Society offers numerous programs year round and some specifically geared around the holidays.