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W.A. Edwards & Co. Funeral Directors building on Boomtown Street

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Dealing with death and grief is a universal experience and yet the professionals who help to facilitate the practical aspects of burying a loved one seem almost invisible in society. Death was an ever-present reality in 1910. Funeral directors and undertakers then, as now, have to find a balance between business and community service, while providing compassion and understanding, and the reality of preparing a body for its final resting place.

This new exhibit would not have been possible without the generous support of the W.A. Edwards family and a number of their friends and business suppliers. The family has been serving the needs of Saskatoon and surrounding community since 1910.

Why are we tackling this topic?

The addition of the Edwards Funeral Home, with its roots dating back over 100 years, is in keeping with the Boomtown theme. Like museums everywhere, the WDM strives to present historically accurate exhibits – even when the subject matter may be complex or difficult.

Treating the subject (and our visitors) with sensitivity

The WDM, like all museums, is a comfortable and safe place in which to discuss all kinds of subjects. Perhaps the Funeral Home exhibit will spark conversations about death that are difficult to hold elsewhere, and will help people to become more at peace with the subject.

What if you don't want to go in?

The WDM understands that some people will choose not to view Funeral Home exhibit.

There is signage on the building and a period hearse parked in front of the Funeral Home to alert visitors that they are approaching the building.

The exhibit is divided in half, with an outer “lobby” area and a curtained-off chapel area which will feature a closed coffin. The lobby area is intended to be a buffer zone. If visitors are uncomfortable, they do not have to enter the chapel area.


More information

WDM Media Release - Saskatoon WDM to Build New Exhibit on Boomtown (PDF)