Activities resume at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery - Contact with families underway; first burials to take place on Wednesday

    MONTREAL, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame
de Montréal confirms that activities will resume at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges
Cemetery as of today. This follows the last week's cancellation of the
lock-out and the yesterday's adoption of the temporary protocol for the return
to work by the union members working in operations. Management at
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery has completed a planning process that will
allow it to proceed as quickly as possible with burial of the bodies in its
refrigerated chamber. Representatives of the Cemetery have begun contacting
families in chronological order according to the arrival of the bodies in
order to discuss the terms for the burial. A call centre (514-340-8860) has
been established specifically for the bereaved families.
    As of September 5, there were 498 bodies, of which 151 are destined for
the Mausoleum, including the Esther-Blondin Mausoleum which is still under
construction. There remain 347 bodies awaiting burial. Regular burials will
begin on Wednesday, while burials of bodies currently being held in the
refrigerated chamber will take place according to the bereaved families'
availability. Although dependent on the agreements with the families and
keeping in mind that unionized operations employees will remain on strike on
Fridays until the conflict is resolved, management believes that between 9 and
12 weeks will be required to make up for the delay.
    Cemetery management reiterates that it does not believe there will be any
problems related to ground frost since it is able to proceed with burials
12 months per year except in certain sections of the Cemetery. Priority will
be given to the 59 families where a burial will take place in one of these
    In summary, client service representatives will continue communicating
with families awaiting to bury a loved one in order to set a date for the
burial. Over the next few days, the following operations will take place:

    Monday: verification of equipment and sections of the Cemetery;
    ------  securement of the site.

    Tuesday: grave-digging for regular burials.

    Wednesday: start of regular burials and activities at the mausoleums.

    Thursday and subsequent days: start of delayed burials (except for
    ----------------------------  Fridays, until the conflict comes to an

    Friday: unionized operations employees on strike.

    About Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

    Founded in 1854, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is the largest in Canada
and the third largest in North America, covering an area of 1.3 million square
metres. It welcomes more than 175,000 visitors annually and is administered by
the Fabrique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel Cyr, Director of operations, (514)

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