Located in a prime area overlooking Saint Joseph's Oratory and near the main entrance, Remembrance Grove is a space dedicated to the burial of biodegradable containers under young trees, so that the ashes of the deceased can be returned fully and quickly to nature. Bereaved relatives can therefore gather in front of this growing tree, chosen from a selection of native species adapted to the environment of the area. It is a poetic way to help improve the city's tree cover, thereby contributing to better air quality and biodiversity.
The tree selection will be made from these six species: sugar maple, bitternut hickory, ironwood, serviceberry, hornbeam, and western hackberry. All of these trees have a lifespan of 100 to 200 years and at maturity will range in size from 25 to over 80 feet tall.
A commemorative monument at the entrance to the Grove will bear the names of all those buried there, as well as a number to identify their tree. A detailed map of the section will be available at the administrative pavillion and online on our website. Each plot can accommodate only one container, and therefore only one tree. Each tree is guaranteed in case of illness and will be replaced free of charge.
Interments in Remembrance Grove are seasonal (May to October - exact dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions). We offer the possibility of keeping the ashes on site free of charge while awaiting burial in the spring or summer.
Concessions in Remembrance Grove are available only when cremation takes place on site at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges.