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Ecological funeral rites

For MEMORIA, being different means respecting everyone’s customs, traditions, and fundamental beliefs. It also means offering ecological funeral rites that honour the memory of the deceased while supporting sustainable practices.

Returning to the earth is the most ancient funeral rite, and planting a tree is a symbolic gesture in memory of our loved ones and the precious moments we shared. Made of biodegradable materials, the Botanical Urn Between Heaven and Earth dissolves in the earth slowly releasing the ashes, which mix with the soil, providing essential nutrients for the growth of the shrub. The botanical urn will become a tree in the memory of your loved one.

We also offer another ecological rite : The Ice Urn
Water is involved in funeral rites across the globe. A symbol of renewal and life, it cleanses both the departed and those they have left behind. The Ice Urn was designed to float gently on the water and gradually disappear. This receptacle made of ice is without doubt the most environmentally friendly of all water-soluble urns.

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Rita   Lafontaine

« La loge, c’est la vie en accéléré. Lorsqu’on y arrive, on a l’impression qu’on a tout son temps. On s’y installe, on fait son nid, on établit un lien qu’on croit permanent avec son personnage, dans une pièce qui passe trop vite. Comme la vie. Puis, un jour, on se rend compte qu’il ne reste plus que quelques représentations, puis une seule, puis c’est fini… Il nous faut tirer notre révérence. Quand on quitte notre loge, quand on ramasse nos petites choses et qu’on va faire la fête une dernière fois, commence le deuil de ce qu’on a tant aimé. D’un moment qui ne reviendra plus. Au fond, la loge nous enseigne à faire le deuil de l’éphémère. »

Propos de Rita Lafontaine recueillis par Ariane Émond, publiés dans le livre Éloges, éditions du passage, 2008.

Toute l’équipe d’Alfred Dallaire MEMORIA témoigne son affection et ses sympathies à la famille de Rita Lafontaine, grande dame du théâtre québécois et collaboratrice de longue date de l’entreprise.

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Because we understand that mourning continues well beyond the funeral, we offer families of the deceased a number of accompaniment services: psychological assistance, estate settlement assistance and support activities, all at no charge.

Our activities will continue this summer :

Every Monday, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., you are invited to participate in a group session, moderated by Michel Trozzo, psychotherapist. Have a cup of coffee and join others to raise your questions or share your experience of bereavement. The sessions are free and take place in French at Salon b, 4231b, Saint-Laurent Boulevard (corner Rachel). For more information: 514-277-7778

On July 14th and August 11th 2016, you are invited to our Jean-Talon Complex (1120 Jean-Talon E.) to participate in support groups on bereavement (in French) organized by the Palliative Home-care Society of Greater Montreal. For more information: Florinda Martin, coordinator, at 514-272-7200, ext. 225.