MPG WELCOMES TOMORROW
The chances are, if you haven’t lost a loved one in some time, your impression of cremation and cremation facilities is likely out of date. Today, these hallowed places are not only devoid of age-old design, but they’re also putting the environment front and centre — alongside sensitivity.
According to Sarah Mannone, Assistant Manager of Funeral Operations at Toronto’s Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, many people picture cremation facilities as dark and dour places — partly because, in the past, it was considered unusual for a family to want to be involved. Such industrial facilities do indeed still exist today, but not at MPG. Over the past several years, MPG has redesigned its crematoriums and today these facilities are designed to be just as welcoming and comfortable as modern funeral homes.
MPG has created four facilities in the GTA where witnessing cremation ceremonies can take place. Families can choose to participate as they desire, witnessing the casket as it moves into the combustion chamber.
MPG is also the only company in North America to invest in state-of-theart cremation equipment that is more efficient and environmentally friendly, says Bryan Watson, Development and Facilities Manager. Natural gas is used in the combustion chamber, which reaches temperatures of 800 degrees Celsius.
“We went out with the intention of doing better, sourcing equipment with emissions-control abilities,” says Watson, who oversaw the installation of the equipment from a company in Leeds, England, at all four MPG properties. Emissions reduction is legislated for European crematorium, but not required in North America.
“There was no economic reason to purchase the abatement-filtration system — in fact, it’s the more expensive of the two pieces.”
But, Watson adds, it was important to the company to do the right thing for the environment while providing the best customer experience possible.