Funerals

“Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death’s perfect punctuation mark is a smile.”
Julie Burchill

For information or reservations, please contact Daniela Staffa at
(514) 842-2925, extension 224
Fax: (514) 842-3370
dstaffa@basiliquenddm.org.

Funerals or Commemorative Masses may be celebrated in Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur Chapel during the day, Monday through Friday, and on Saturday mornings. Please note that Sundays are not available for funeral services.

Christian funerals

The Christian funeral is a liturgical celebration of the Church, which aims at expressing efficacious communion with the deceased, at the participation in that community gathered for the funeral, especially family members and friends of the deceased, and at the proclamation of eternal life. The celebration expresses the Paschal character of Christian death: the Paschal Candle blessed at Easter and representing the light and guidance of our lives in Christ, burns nearby the deceased. It symbolizes Christ, Who guides the deceased towards his or her final home, the House of the Father.

We will all meet again

The liturgy of the Word inspires Christian hope. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, when possible and desirable if conditions allow, expresses the reality of Christian death. The prayers of the Church ask God, our Father and the Father of Christ who died and was resurrected, to purify His child of his or her sins and to admit him or her to the table of the Kingdom. In this way we all live in communion with the one who “has fallen asleep in the Lord.” The deceased interred in the cemetery (originally a Greek word meaning a common sleeping area or dormitory) awaits the final resurrection of the dead.

Ever since 1854, we have offered the people of Montreal the possibility of burial in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, located on the slopes of Mount Royal.