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Alberta Health Services and Pierson’s Funeral Service established the Silent Hopes Memorial Program in the 1990s, when it was discovered that unclaimed early pregnancy losses were being discarded in hospital incinerators. Jointly we created a dignified way of caring for these beloved infant losses, which includes cremation, semi-annual memorial services and final placement in the Silent Hopes Memorial Garden in the Rocky View Garden of Peace Cemetery. The non-denominational service is a beautiful way for parents to acknowledge their loss and reflect on their infant.
For more information about the Silent Hopes Memorial Program you may contact Alberta Health Services at (403) 944-2274 or Pierson’s at 403-235-3602
Pierson’s Funeral Services supports and works with the University of Calgary, Department of Anatomy, Body Donations Program. The biannual memorial services are held at Queen’s Park Cemetery to acknowledge the valuable contributions that the deceased and their families make to the important areas of education and research.
While donating your body to science is a wonderful gift to our community, not all bodies are accepted into the Body Donations Program. It would be wise to consider an alternative option should a donation not be possible.For more information, please contact the University directly and/or connect with one of our Funeral Directors at Pierson’s at (403)-235-3602.
The Alberta Funeral Service Association (AFSA) moved their funeral service education program to Mount Royal University during the early 1990s. Michael Pierson was the President of AFSA at the time, and this move was part of a larger initiative to substantially improve funeral service education in the province, an important goal during his time of service.
Pierson’s Funeral Service continues to support and champion the Funeral Director Embalmer Program at MRU. Since inception, Pierson’s has provided lab time and support as well as practicum opportunities for the students. David Root (a 3rd generation member of the Pierson family) is currently one of the faculty members in the program and was recently nominated as an Outstanding Alumni. Click here to learn more about Funeral Service Education
Our Community & Professional Partnerships
Pierson’s Funeral Service participates in a number of professional organizations in order to improve their operations and network with the best and brightest minds and companies in funeral service. The following are professional organizations we are proud to support and partner with:
Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. The AFSRB is the regulatory agent in Alberta that licenses Funeral Homes and Funeral Professionals. Any concern can be directed to their office. Their mission statement is as follows: Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board promote a fair and informed marketplace by protecting consumer rights, enhancing industry professionalism, maintaining rigorous educational standards and enforcing fair business practices.
Canadian Preplanning Council: Pierson’s Funeral Service is dedicated to helping people plan their funerals in advance. While there are many reasons to preplan a funeral, peace of mind is always the number one reason. Our partnership with the Canadian preplanning Council is extremely important in supporting the work we do to secure this important service.
Selected Independent Funeral Homes: This organization is a global network of private family funeral homes with high ethical standards of service. Membership in this group is only by invitation and companies must adhere to the strict codes of conduct and operations.
Alberta Funeral Service Association: The Alberta Funeral Service Association is the professional organization and voice in the Province to monitor and champion the interests of funeral service businesses. Michael Pierson served on the board for many years and as President from 1995-1996.
Funeral Service Association of Canada: This Canadian organization connects funeral service businesses from across all Provinces in Canada. Representatives from each province work together to move forward interests in funeral service education, legislation and the changing nature of funeral service.
Cremation Association of North America: This organization has become the hub of expertise and understanding of cremation, both for consumers and cremation professionals. CANA hosts conferences, collects statistics and information and is central to the operations of progressive cremation businesses.
National Funeral Directors Association: This US based organization has members from around the world. While it is very involved with US legislative matters relating to funeral service, one of it’s primary activities is hosting conferences and trade shows. The NFDA is the world’s largest and most extensive resource for funeral professionals.
Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown: Michael Pierson has been a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown since 2010. He had previously been a member of the Calgary Centennial Rotary Club. This network of local business professionals does remarkable good work in the community. We are proud of our support, participation and connection to Rotary.
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We are also proud supporters of local artists & community groups:
- Brilliantly Sharp Photography https://www.brilliantlysharp.org/
- Visual Hues Photography http://visualhues.com/
- International Ave BRZ https://intlave.ca/
- International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre