In 1963, the Catholic Church recognized cremation as an alternative to traditional burial (Instruction Ad resurgendum cum Christo regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation). Since 1990, the diocese of Ottawa has taken over the crematorium located in Hope Cemetery, thus serving the Catholic population of Ottawa.
We comply with the highest criteria enforced by national regulators throughout the entire cremation process. Our centre welcomes families of all religions and cultures.
A vigil service involves either the presence of the body or the cremated remains. The casket can be closed or open if the body is there.
A funeral service or mass involves the presence of the body or the remains. If the body is not present, the service is called memorial mass.
A graveside service includes the burial or cremation of the body or the placement of the remains in a columbarium or mausoleum.
You can still host a memorial or remembering ceremony to honour the deceased and their family if they have chosen to skip a traditional funeral ceremony. This is done with the display of the casket or the urn.
Sharing cherished memories and photographs of loved ones and other souvenirs that commemorate their lives is a beautiful method for many people to mourn for them. In addition, memorial ceremonies sometimes include an open mic, when friends and family may share touching stories about the departed.
The urn is usually interred later. If your family wishes, the memorial and funeral ceremonies can be held on the same day.
We allow a limited number of relatives to be present at the beginning of the cremation process.
Consult one of our experienced counsellors to choose the option that better suits your needs and budget.
If they are getting cremated, do they still have to be embalmed?
No, it is not necessary; however, it is an option we offer.
What happens to the remains after cremation?
After cremation, the remains are ground using a processor. The ashes are stored in a temporary container or a specific urn provided by the family members and then handed over to them.
Can ashes be scattered anywhere?
There are specific places where you can scatter your loved one’s ashes, such as the cemetery, a private scatter garden or on your private property. For the most part, you can scatter the ashes on any public land.
Contact Notre-Dame Cemetery to learn more about our cremation service in Ottawa and another location.