Funeral home opens doors for tours during Fringe Festival

An Edmonton funeral home is opening its doors during the Edmonton International Fringe Festival to draw in curious bystanders and dispel the myths about what happens after death. 

“This helps alleviate a lot of the questions and the misconceptions,” said Eden Tourangeau, funeral director at the South Side Memorial Chapel on Sunday. 

Visitors to the Old Strathcona business can take a peak into the embalming room or consider coffin and urn options for their eternal resting place. This is the second year Tourangeau has offered the tours.

“We had such a great turnout. Everyone was so positive and had a lot of questions.

“There were actually a lot of people interested in getting into the profession,” he said with a laugh. “It was an unexpected bonus of doing the tours.”

Tourangeau added that the funeral home aims to be a central part of the community. 

“It’s a chance to meet people … and it makes sure they get a little bit of an understanding as to what happens.”

South Side Memorial Chapel — which Tourangeau runs with his wife, who is also a funeral director — holds about 12 services every month. They tout the benefits of funeral preparation. 

“It’s easier for everybody … if they have information ahead of time,” he said. 

Free tours at South Side Memorial Chapel take place every day during the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Aug. 17 to 27, at 3 p.m. except on Sundays.

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