The Colours of Mourning

For many centuries, it has been customary to wear dark clothing to a funeral. This western tradition, to indicate to those around us and to the local population that we are in mourning, dates back to the 15th century. We also find some traces of its history long before that in Ancient Rome, where magistrates mourned their predecessor when they took office.

Cemeteries: places of remembrance with a rich history

Deriving its roots from the Greek word koimeterion or from the Latin coemeterium, which means “place where one sleeps”, the term cemetery designates a place dedicated to the burial of the deceased, whose location is identified by tombstones.

My Souvenir Album

It is often said that it is important to live in the moment, because projecting into the future can create anxiety, while dwelling on the past leads to regret. This doesn’t mean that we should neglect remembering the happy moments of our lives! In fact, positive memories build our self-esteem and are an essential part of building healthy relationships with those around us.

Celebrating a Funeral in the Absence of a Body

In certain situations, such as a plane crash, a disappearance or a death in a foreign country, it may be difficult—if not impossible—to recover the body of the deceased.

How to Choose a Funeral Urn or Reliquary

When planning a funeral for a loved one, there are many decisions to make about how to honour that person’s memory. If your loved one chose cremation, you may be unsure whether to choose an urn or a reliquary to hold their ashes. Since there is a wide range of urns and reliquaries available, here […]

7 Steps to Writing a Eulogy

When the time comes to pay your last respects to a loved one, it is sometimes difficult to find the right words to express the extent of your feelings towards that person and to summarize the highlights of his or her life in just a few short minutes.

How to Avoid Family Conflicts in the Event of a Death

When a death occurs in the family, it is very difficult to see clearly and to think without letting emotions take over. Sometimes this is expected and we can then prepare ourselves, but when a loved one leaves us suddenly, it can lead to conflicts within the family.

Speaking at funerals

Far from being a natural ability, public speaking is a skill that develops with time and practice. When it comes to speaking at emotional events such as funerals, the task becomes all the more difficult as you have to deal with other emotions as well as stress. Here are some suggestions prepared by Crématorium Montreal for successful speaking at funerals.

Understanding Funeral Vocabulary

When a loved one dies or when planning your funeral pre-arrangements, you will quickly be immersed in the language of the funeral world. Crématorium Montréal has therefore prepared a small list of the main terms used in the funeral industry, so that you will be better equipped when you speak to our advisors.

How Do You Explain Death to Children?

Death is quite a difficult subject to discuss and explain, especially when it comes time to talk to children about it. For example, when a death occurs in the family, telling your children about it can be both complex and painful, especially if you feel overwhelmed by the emotion yourself.

The Importance of Music at Funerals

Music plays an essential role in our lives. It accompanies us as much in the small moments of daily life as in the more significant events. Bringing people together, music enables us to get away from it all, while listening to one or more songs. During a funeral ceremony, music is all the more important, as it complements the last tribute paid to the deceased, while offering a certain form of relief.

And if Martin had made his funeral pre-arrangements…

Whether we like it or not, every human being will come to the end of his or her life at one time or another, but it is possible to choose how this will happen. This is why Martin (a fictitious name) should have planned his funeral pre-arrangements in order to make things easier for his loved ones.

The Origins of Halloween: 3,000 Years of Stories and Legends

Halloween, as we know it today, is very different from its origins, which go back more or less 3,000 years. A traditional folk and pagan festival, it was first celebrated on the evening of October 31 by the Celts from the British Isles.

Aeternaweb: Also Available Within Our Cremation Service

En cette année 2020, une foule de changements et de bouleversements nous force à revoir nos façons de penser, travailler et même de vivre certaines situations difficiles.

New at Crématorium Montréal

The year 2020 will have forced a major shift in our lifestyles. With the continual change in trends, techniques and vision, the funeral industry has had to rethink its ways of doing things in the past few years.

A Last Good-bye Thanks to the Cremation Room

The last good-bye is never easy. It is considered a crucial step in the grieving process, so it is important not to neglect it, even when the deceased has chosen cremation in his or her last wishes. Did you know that cremation can also be carried out surrounded by loved ones?

Cremation, a Rigorous 3-Step Process

A ritual that is increasingly popular with new generations, cremation is more accessible and environmentally friendly. Discover this rigorous process that is carried out in 3 steps by the funeral service.

In-Car Condolences: An Innovative Idea for a Last Good-bye

Le Crématorium Montréal est opérationnel plus que jamais pour soutenir les CHSLD. Nous sommes les derniers répondants dans le parcours des services de santé essentiels et nous sommes là pour disposer des défunts dans un respect des plus attentionnés.

After the battle of a lifetime, the essential service of cremation

The Crématorium Montréal is more operational than ever to support the CHSLDs. We are the last responders in the essential health care services sector and we are here to make arrangements for the deceased with the greatest consideration and respect.

Cremation, a Flexible and Accessible Solution

Chez Crématorium Montréal, protéger nos clients est notre priorité. Nous contribuons à la prévention des risques de propagation de la COVID-19 (Coronavirus) en rappelant l’importance de la sécurité des plus vulnérables et d’être solidaire en tant que collectivité.

What Are the Various Stages of Mourning?

Inevitably, everyone will mourn a loved one in the course of their life. Being confronted with the loss of a loved one, whether a family member or simply someone close to us, is never easy to go through. Grieving is a long journey that each person must face at their own pace in order to regain peace of mind and get on with life.

What to Do Following the Death of a Loved One

When one of your loved ones dies, there are many things to take care of, often in a hurry, sometimes making the required mourning process more complex. Here is a short checklist prepared by the Montreal Crematorium, outlining the steps to take following the death of a loved one.

All About the Winter Blues

While winter has settled in for the past little while already, some people are beginning to suffer from seasonal depression, also known as the “winter blues”. Here is a short guide to shed some light on this problem and give you some tips on how to get through the winter more serenely.

How to Get Through the Holiday Season After the Loss of a Loved One

A festive period of the year when people get together with family or friends, the holiday season can be a very trying time if you have lost a loved one recently or during the year. In order to accept the passing of your loved one and to fully mourn your loss, here are some tips to put into practice…

Constantly Changing Funeral Rites

The decline in popularity of religion in recent decades has led the funeral industry to review its practices. In fact, people today are looking for more and more personalized ceremonies that combine the environment and technology. Discover how funeral rites have changed over time and learn more about the new trends in the industry.

What Types of Flowers to Choose for a Funeral Bouquet?

When a loved one dies, it is customary to give the family a gift of flowers. A bouquet of flowers, a symbol of support and sympathy, is an opportunity to bring comfort to bereaved people, while adding a touch of colour to the ceremony. Before selecting the flowers that will form part of the floral arrangement, it is important to know their meaning as well as the meaning of the colours that will be used to create it, so as not to make any mistakes—any faux pas. Here are some tips to help you make a well-informed choice.

Plan your Death with the Book It’s My Life!

When you die, your loved ones will be overwhelmed with emotions, while having the stress of organizing your funeral and settling the estate. To avoid them from swimming in confusion, it is essential to plan your departure and everything surrounding this sad event. By entrusting the organization of your funeral to the Aeterna Complex, you can leave this world with peace of mind, while leaving your family and friends with clear instructions as to the type of celebration you wish to have.

How to Dress for a Funeral?

When you attend a funeral, the objective is to pay tribute to the deceased and his or her family. To do so, it is of the utmost importance to follow certain rules, in order to avoid arriving in inappropriate clothing.  So here are some very simple tips to follow when you select what to wear for a funeral.

A Diamond in the Image of the Deceased, for a Unique Souvenir

Forget the urn or headstone to commemorate the deceased and instead choose a diamond made from human ashes. Thanks to Algordanza, this luxury option makes it possible to display this precious stone as a personalized jewel or to keep it in a case.

Cremation or Incineration: Is it the Same?

For many people, cremation and incineration are two terms that have the same meaning. However, there are some subtleties as to the use of these two words that are important to know if you want to use them properly.

How to choose your urn?

For many, choosing an urn can appear somewhat trivial. Yet, since the urn you select is the last point of contact friends and family will have, it is important to give it proper thought, selecting an urn that truly represents who you are. Here are a few avenues that will help you make an enlightened choice reflecting your wishes and your needs.

The Sand Urn: Where Ecology Meets Finesse

For those who have always loved the sound of the sea, the sand and the calm that the beach brings, Crématorium Montréal, in partnership with Atelier Côtier, provides an option of a sand urn for the ashes of the deceased. Atelier Côtier, a small company located in the Magdalen Islands, creates products inspired by the coastal environment, made out of sand that is recovered from dredging the entrance to the port of Grande-Entrée.

In Harmony With Nature, Thanks To Our Biodegradable Urns

For a number of years now, the word “environment” has been associated with the various aspects of our lives, and the death care industry is no exception. For many people concerned about respecting the environment and nature, it is of the utmost importance that their deaths reflect their ecological values. That is why the Montreal Crematorium has developed a partnership with Bio Urn Canada, a Canadian company,  to offer a range of ecological urns to choose from.