The Role of Ashes in Preserving Genealogical Memory

In the vast panorama of our lives, family history is a precious web of stories, memories and traditions that we pass down from generation to generation. As funeral rituals change over time, cremation is emerging as a more and more widespread option in many communities.

Writing an Obituary: a Guide to Effectively Informing the Community and Loved Ones

When a loved one dies, one of the first steps is to inform the community and loved ones of his or her death. Writing an obituary can be a difficult task in such times of grief. Nevertheless, an obituary is also a way of paying tribute to the deceased and sharing that person’s memory with those who knew and loved them.

How to organize a cremation ceremony reflecting the spirit of a loved one

One might think that opting for cremation means eliminating the possibility of paying tribute to a loved one, but a cremation ceremony represents an invaluable opportunity to celebrate life and the moments shared with the beloved deceased.

Auras: Spirituality in All its Colours

Auras play a key role in many cultures. The fascinating concept of the aura provides a unique perspective of the nature of human energy and consciousness. In this article, we will explore the origins of auras in various cultures and the interpretations that can be attributed to their various colours.

Suggested Reading to Help You Through the Grieving Process

Grieving is an ordeal that’s never easy to get through. Every bereavement is different, from one person to another, and even our own grief following the death of a loved one or another.

Cremation: How to Discuss Your Choice With Your Loved Ones

You’ve made your choice: After your final farewell, you’d like your ashes to be placed in an urn. Now it’s time to broach the subject with your loved ones. How do you explain to your loved ones the reasons that led you to choose cremation as a means of disposing of your body?

A Guide to the Holiday Season After the Loss of a Loved One

When you have lost someone you love, the arrival of the holiday season can make you feel a little apprehensive. Even though they bring joy, the weight of grief often becomes heavier during the holidays. In this article, we share some tips on how to ease this emotionally-charged period.

Cremation: an Ecological Option?

Funeral rites are designed to celebrate the life of a deceased person by honouring that individual’s memory and the person they were. So, from the ceremony to the deceased’s final resting place, it’s important that the person’s essence be respected, in his or her beliefs and convictions.

All You Need to Know About the Use of Coffins in Cremation

Since ancient times, coffins and cremation have gone hand in hand in the funeral rites of mankind. In fact, even today, for many people, the choice of coffin is an important part of funeral prearrangement planning.

How Do You Talk to Children About Death?

Death is a delicate subject, especially when it comes to explaining it to the very young. If you’re grieving yourself and need to support your children in this process, the challenge can be even greater. Here are 5 tips to help you broach the subjects of death and bereavement with your children.

The Origins of Cremation in Quebec

Cremation has been part of funeral rites in many cultures for thousands of years. However, Canada’s first crematorium opened in 1901, in Montreal.

The Origins of the Burning Chapel

We’re all familiar with the term “burning chapel” (often referred to in English by the French equivalent “chapelle ardente”), which is an integral part of our funeral traditions. But what does “burning chapel” mean? Why does it have this very special name? Find out more about the origins of the burning chapel and its place at the heart of modern funeral rites.

Funeral Prearrangements: How to Prepare?

Pre-planning funeral arrangements is a simple way to give you and your loved ones peace of mind. With funeral pre-planning, you can make sure that your wishes are known, understood and respected following your death. As for your loved ones, this short process will relieve them of a financial and logistical burden.

Testimony: A Mother is Always There

From the moment a mother brings a child into the world, she is there for him. Day and night, whatever his needs are, she is always there. Read this touching story testifying to the place a mother has – and always will have – in her child’s heart.

Guy Lafleur: 1 Year Since the Great Departure of Le Démon Blond

On April 22, we lost Guy Lafleur at the age of 70. Here’s a look back at this great name in hockey history—a player with extraordinary energy and a man of incomparable generosity.

A Special Benefit to Make Funeral Services Accessible to Everyone

Because every family has the right to say a final farewell to a loved one in a dignified way, the Quebec government has set up a special benefit for funeral expenses of up to $2500 to cover all or part of these expenses.

Grieving and Commemorating our Idols

One morning, while visiting a news site or browsing your social media, you learned of the death of one of your idols whose career you followed or of a celebrity who was particularly near and dear to your heart. You may have never even met them, yet a deep sense of sadness followed you around for a few days.

Keeping the Ashes of a Deceased Loved One at Home

Among families who choose cremation, we notice that it is more and more common to see one of the loved ones take home the urn containing the ashes of the deceased. This practice, which is permitted in Quebec (there is no law governing the disposal of ashes), has its pros and cons.

Donate Your Family Archives to a Historical Society

As you sort through your loved one’s belongings, you’re likely to find old black-and-white photos, yellowed birth certificates, announcements or diplomas from the turn of the century.

The Great Peace-Makers

The word ”peace” has many meanings. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it can mean, among other things, “a state or period of mutual concord between governments”, “a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity”, “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions” or “a state of tranquility or quiet in a place”.

Health: The Effects of Heat Waves on the Human Body

Summer in Quebec brings its share of very hot weather and heat waves. As the years go by, our summers are becoming hotter and more humid, often causing problems for the population.

The Family: Definition and Values

Big or small, nuclear (traditional), single-parent or blended, family is much more than a set of individuals living under the same roof. We can call it a natural social system with its own set of rules, characteristics and properties and a prescribed role for each of its members.

8 Signs to Watch for When a Loved One is Dying

No one is really prepared for the death of a loved one, even when that person is ill. Disillusionment or hope? The human brain has a hard time adjusting to such a situation and the process has to be started over again each time.

All about Columbariums

A columbarium is a place of eternal rest, a cinerary monument, that is to say, it is designed to hold the ashes of a deceased person. Often erected in collective form, columbariums have several compartments where the urns of deceased people can be kept together.

Offering Condolences: to Whom, How, Why?

Offering condolences to a bereaved person is a delicate gesture. Whether or not we share their grief, we still feel the need to say or do something to soothe them or to be polite. There are various ways to express our support to a grieving person without making mistakes, but there is no substitute for a kind word expressed from the heart.

What to Do with the Ashes After Cremation

What to do with the ashes of a loved one following the cremation of the deceased’s body? This is one of the most common questions asked of funeral homes and one of the most frequently asked questions on the web. Crématorium Montreal offers you a few options as well as information on what you need to know before choosing the final resting place for your loved one.

What to Do with the Property of a Deceased Person

The death of a loved one is a difficult experience to go through. The deceased person’s family and friends often find themselves involuntarily managing the many steps relating to the departure of their loved one, in addition to having to deal with their grief.

Candles: Meaning and Influence

For a number of people, candles are endowed with many powers. Used for rituals, for prayers, to make wishes or to honour a loved one, the candle was invented in the middle of the 19th century, when it was used mainly as a source of light. According to various beliefs, the coloured candles we know today have specific meanings and uses.

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.