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A loved one has passed away? Do you have questions about the grieving process and funeral services? Take a few minutes to look through our blog posts. It’s our way of sharing our expertise in this unique field that raises so many questions.

Grief and the Holidays

The holidays, especially Christmas and New Year’s, can be a very difficult time for those coping with grief. The joyful and merry spirit that typically prevails gives way to feelings of sadness and loneliness, which only deepen with every gathering with friends and family, and every awkward (albeit well-meaning) comment. You’ll hear things like: It’ll take your mind off of things! We’ll do just like we used to! He/she would have wanted us to enjoy ourselves!

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Let’s demystify the concept of a natural cemetery

  The term natural cemetery is used to designate a burial site which has been turned into an actual green space. At Les Sentiers, our natural cemetery was created in a conscious effort to strike a careful balance between nature and our facilities for the utmost comfort of our visitors. It thus caters to the needs of bereaved families while ensuring an ecosystem-based management of the premises.

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How gathering as a family in a cemetery can bring healing

Cemeteries are where families often come together to remember and keep the memory of a loved one alive. Throughout the history of mankind, mourning and burial rites have played a central role in our traditions. Visiting the deceased in cemeteries is also an important and long-standing ritual surrounding grief.

Adapting to the needs of individuals to enable a healthy grieving process during the pandemic

  Special times call for special measures. In the current situation, such measures involve being flexible and coming up with original solutions to adjust funeral services to the realities of the pandemic. As long as all current health guidelines are followed, all our services are available. The funeral home’s role is to provide guidance and tools to help you through this difficult time. We are here to help you overcome this trying and seemingly insurmountable time, at your own pace. We make all the necessary arrangements so as many close ones as possible can join the family in saying their final goodbyes. We are open to any requests that comply with health regulations.

Understanding grief and giving ourselves the tools to experience a peaceful grieving process

  When a loved one passes away, those left behind face a difficult and highly emotional period during which there are several things to think about and plan. That said, we wish to share with you some information based on our experience in funeral services. Our hope is for this information to help guide you through this difficult time, so your experience is as peaceful as possible. Those left behind are often struck by a tremendous sadness sometimes coupled with a feeling of disbelief. There may also be a number of adjustments needed to adapt to life without the deceased. Learning how to grieve is not a simple feat. Accustoming oneself to another person’s absence following their death is an uncomfortable yet unavoidable process. Taking the time to better understand the reality of grief and following valuable guidance could help bring you some much-needed peacefulness during this challenging time.

Understanding the importance of mourning rituals

Understanding the importance of mourning rituals The rituals or ceremonies surrounding the death of a loved one offer moments of gathering and sharing that can help soothe the pain and anxiety related to grief. Time is taken to pay tribute to the deceased in very personal ways. There can be photographs, tribute readings, balloon release memorials, heartfelt music, etc. The day’s events should consider the wishes of the deceased as well as those of the family.

Various means of communication to better guide you regarding our funeral services

  When an unexpected death occurs, people often find themselves wondering what to do and when to do it. Family members are also affected by the situation and things can quickly become confusing. An easy first step is to reach out to a member of our team who will walk you through the steps, ensuring everything plays out smoothly. There are many ways to contact us. Simply choose the one that’s best for you.

What is involved in cemetery maintenance?

  For many years, cemetery maintenance was performed by parishioners and villagers on a mostly voluntary basis. This tradition has changed in recent times. Over the years, cemetery management has become a business-oriented affair. This has brought about a shift toward a fee-based model to ensure the full maintenance of cemeteries. That said, the fees related to the upkeep of plots are high given the surprisingly large number of tasks involved. What is important to keep in mind is that 100% of maintenance fees are paid to ensure visitors have access to a well-kept, welcoming site where they can comfortably visit their departed loved ones.

Settling an estate: Beware! Slippery slope ahead!

  Settling an estate can be done on your own, but be sure you are aware of what is involved and take the time to consider your options. Let’s take a deeper look into what exactly is involved in settling an estate and what kind of support is available.