The evolution of funerary rites

Evolution of funeral rites

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery has always listened to society and been attentive to the evolution of funeral practices to better meet the new needs of the population. One of the major developments of the twentieth century is the practice of cremation, which has steadily risen to be the choice for about 72% of Quebecers (2015).

The crematorium of the cemetery was inaugurated in 1976. New burial sites were created to house the cinerary urns and the cemetery today has a large selection of outdoor and indoor columbariums that make up its landscaping.


The crematorium

Since the 60s, there is a democratization of mausoleums, the funerary monuments in which we find crypts and columbariums. The first mausoleum, Notre-Dame, was built in 1978. Following that were the mausoleums John Paul II (1980), Saint-François (1982), Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (1983), La Piétà (1985), Saint-Pierre- and-Saint-Paul (1989), Sainte-Marguerite-d'Youville (1996), Esther-Blondin (2008) and Eulalie-Durocher (2010).

mausoleums notre-dame and saint-francois

Mausoleums Notre-Dame and St-François.


In order to meet the needs of the clientele and deal with an increasingly competitive sector, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges has expanded its offer, which today allows families to have a complete funeral service. Burials in the ground, mausoleum crypts, funeral masses and commemorative masses, prearrangements ... The full range of products and services allows families to simplify burial procedures during a difficult time.

private mausoleums

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The mausoleum dates back to ancient times. In 350 BC, Artemisia II, Queen of Caria in Asia Minor, ordered a great tomb of rare magnificence to be built for her husband, Mausolus. In the Ancient Wolrd, this original mausoleum in the city of Halicarnassus was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.