What is a Memorial Society?
A memorial society is an association of like-minded people from all walks of life, who respect the need for a simple, dignified alternative to the elaborate and increasingly costly funeral services promoted by the conventional funeral industry.
The Funeral Advisory and Memorial Society of Saskatchewan (FAMSS) began at the end of the 1960s when a group of like-minded people decided that something had to be done to ease the cost of funerals.
Many people believed that the simplicity and dignity of the farewell ceremony at the time of death was being lost as funerals became too expensive and too elaborate. At first, the society contacted funeral homes for their price lists. The members were encouraged to make use of them. As the years went by, it became obvious that many "co-operating" homes were increasing their prices and encouraging elaborate services. At that point, the Society decided that it was better to have contracts with private funeral homes which would provide services more in keeping with the philosophy of the Society.