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Provide unbiased information and planning tools to help make arranging
your funeral affordable, informed, and easy.

Guide you through best practices for cremation, organ donation and other alternative burial methods, that are often misunderstood or overlooked.

Actively explore and provide information about new technology and regulatory changes related to the funeral industry.

Pearl and Robert Davie, walking through life together
Photo-permission courtesy of Hamilton Spectator Photographer Barry Gray.

Pearl Davie was one of many volunteers who worked tirelessly to provide consumer input to bringing Ontario Legislative changes to the consumer. Her wit is memorable and a good foil to the arduous task of changing legislation. Every time a government was elected or a portfolio re-assigned, they had to re-start the process. Over a period of ten years, that is a significant number of re-starts. Kudos to valiant warriors like Pearl Davie!.

"I will offer you my services at no cost, providing I can do it now" .... funeral director showing his displeasure to a Memorial Society volunteer

Thunder Bay Memorial Society activities result in arrest....
It is illegal to move deceased over provincial borders. A memorial society member's daughter shared that she slept with cardboard containers under her bed. This was so they would be available when needed for transport to the closest crematorium, which happened to be in Manitoba!

Why Pre-arrange?

Making advance plans for your funeral ensures that your funeral wishes are clear, cost effective, and prepares your loved ones as they navigate the emotional journey of loss.

You may be thinking, "that's what my will is for"!

Although wills are vital, they are typically read following the funeral and do not always include all of the information needed to fulfill your wishes.

How FAMS will help

FAMS provides the information you need to plan your funeral. We provide a list of supporting reputable funeral homes and transfer services so you can avoid overpriced, high pressure, emotionally draining funeral arrangements.

Partnering service providers have agreed to provide basic straight forward plans. Many also provide member discounts.This list is a good starting point for your search for a service provider.

FAMS's members gain access to our Pre-arrangement Package which includes a step by step guide to start your planning, simple and easy to use wallet card with your wishes and so much more.

Joining FAMS brings the peace of mind that comes from knowing your wishes have been recorded and filed.

FAMS History

The Funeral Advisory and Memorial Society of Southern Ontario (FAMS) is a compassionate consumer advocate helping members to pre-arrange simple, dignified and inexpensive funerals. FAMS also provides general information to the public.

At the time of death, stress on family and friends makes it difficult to decide quickly and sensibly on the final details of a funeral. We encourage our members to discuss and pre-plan those arrangements and then register with a funeral provider.

Currently, FAMS has participating funeral homes and/or transfer services in Ajax, Barrie, Bowmanville, Brampton, Cobourg, Colborne, Cookstown, Kitchener, Newcastle, Oakville, Orangeville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Toronto. Information is also available concerning funeral providers within Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and other parts of Southern Ontario.

The list of participating funeral homes and transfer services is updated annually to reflect changes in prices or conditions and is available to our members without charge in the membership area.

Founded in 1957 as The Toronto Memorial Society, FAMS is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization with an unpaid volunteer Board of Trustees. We do not have any financial interest in any funeral home, transfer service, crematorium, cemetery, or funeral products company.

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