Frequently asked questions

How long does a cremation take?

Between 1 1/4 to 2 hours usually. It all depends on the size and weight of the person, the type of wood used in the coffin or varying temperatures of between 10000 to 20000 degrees Celsius. A cremation oven has to be calibrated to reduce pollution with an air filter to reduce the amount of pollution in the air.

What is the percentage of people who use cremation?

In the Outaouais region, nearly 85% of people who die choose cremation.

Is a cremation certificate the same as a death certificate?

A cremation certificate is not a legal document and cannot take the place of a death certificate; it is the burial of a person that attests to the death of a person.

Is embalmment obligatory?

Corpses that are being viewed for more than 24 hours or are viewed 18 hours after the time of death must be embalmed.

Can we make prearrangements for a cremation?

Yes, it is a good idea to make arrangements while one can act with a clear head, not being under the pressure of emotion after the loss of a loved one.

Should cremation have to be included in a will?

Yes, a last will and testament should mention a person’s desire to be cremated.

How many bodies are incinerated at a time?

Just one, for the obvious reasons that the body will be recuperated by the family but also out of respect and dignity for the deceased person.

What is cremation?

Cremation is the process by which the remains of a deceased person are incinerated so that they may be reduced to ashes and is accomplished by the application of high temperatures and evaporation.

Does the Catholic Church allow cremations?

In July 1963, the Catholic Church made a change in their doctrine and no longer prohibits the cremation of its followers.

Does one have to be Catholic to benefit from your services?

It is not necessary to be Catholic to benefit from our services or placements.

Do you hold annual ceremonies?

Yes, every year in August and September. The dates are announced in the local Outaouais-region papers.

Can we add our own photos in the columbarium?

No, for esthetical reasons, only the ceramic pictures sold by Les Jardins du Souvenir are permitted to give the chapel an air of uniformity out of respect to other visitors.

Can I have a handcrafted cross or memorial stone on my plot?

No, our policy only permits granite monuments.

What kind of flowers can I plant?

Please call us for the list of permissible flowers allowed by Les Jardins du Souvenir, Maison funéraire at 819-778-1515.

Can I put in a flowerbed or plant a tree with my loved one?

Yes. You have access to a space equivalent or larger than the monument at the front end of your plot. Only natural flowers are permitted. No decorative objects allowed.