COVID-19: impacts and preventative measures

Last update: March 25, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

 

On March 23, the Government of Québec ordered the closure, starting March 24 at 11:59 p.m. and until April 13, 2020, of all businesses and non-essential services throughout Québec.
The only essential businesses and services that can remain open are those that appear on a list attached to the order. This list includes funeral homes, cremation services and cemeteries.

The cemetery will thus continue to receive the remains of the deceased and to provide cremation and burial services in crypts or plots, in accordance with its obligations, while respecting public health requirements.

 

However, in order to comply with the latest directives and recommendations from the Government of Quebec to limit the spread of COVID-19, including those regarding the ban on gatherings, please take note of the new measures that we see ourselves obliged to apply as of now:

  • The cemetery site is now accessible by appointment only. Only those who have an appointment will be admitted and must use the main entrance;

  • The cemetery grounds are therfore not accessible to visitors or walkers until further notice;

  • Both secondary entrances, located on Decelles Avenue and Camillien-Houde Road, are closed until further notice. Please use the main entranced, located at 4601, Côte-des-Neiges Road, where an employee will greet you with a list of the day's appointments;

  • The cemetery is now closed on Sundays;

  • A maximum of two (2) family members are allowed to enter the office simultaneously for the signatures (with the addition of the funeral director);

  • Only members of the immediate family of the deceased are allowed to attend burials, up to ten (10) people for earth burials, or two (2) people for mausoleum burials;

  • Families must observe a safe distance of two (2) meters between each person;

  • In accordance with Quebec government guidelines, people aged 70 and over should avoid going out of the house. We therefore encourage them, for their own health, not to come to the cemetery;

  • All religious celebrations (mass and liturgy) that were to be held at the Notre-Dame-de-la-Résurrection chapel are canceled;

  • Our employees take care to keep at least two (2) meters distance between each person;

  • Our employees no longer shake hands until further notice, but introduce themselves verbally;

  • The chairs have been spaced in offices and dining rooms to allow maximum distance between people;

  • We encourage payments made by card rather than cash in order to reduce the chances of contamination. In addition, the payment terminals are disinfected after each use.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can I go to the cemetery without an appointment to make the funeral arrangements for a loved one?

No. Exceptionally, given the circumstances, we require that an appointment be made in advance. Please call us at 514 735-1361 to make an appointment.

 

There is a death among my loved ones. Can I make an appointment at the cemetery to make the funeral arrangements?

Yes. However, we limit to two (2) the number of people who can be present in the office simultaneously, in addition to the funeral director. We have also increased the frequency of office cleaning.

 

Can I make an appointment to take care of my prearranged funeral services?

No. We recommend that you wait until the end of the crisis to make an appointment for your prearranged services, in order to avoid any non-essential travel and thus minimize as much as possible the risks of transmission of COVID-19.

 

Is it possible to hold a funeral mass or a commemorative mass? Will the Masses that were already planned take place?

No. All religious celebrations are canceled or suspended until further notice, in accordance with government directives on non-essential gatherings and recommendations issued by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec.

 

The burial of a loved one was planned in the coming weeks; will it still take place?

Yes. However, only members of the deceased's immediate family are allowed to attend the funeral, up to a maximum of ten (10) people for earth burials and two (2) people for mausoleum burials. In addition, everyone present must observe a minimum distance of two (2) meters between people.

 

Can I go to the cemetery to visit a loved one's resting place on the grounds or in a mausoleum?

No. The cemetery grounds are accessible by appointment only and therefore not accessible to visitors or walkers until further notice.