/R E P E A T/ - Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal reassures bereaved families


                                          - Yoland Tremblay, general manager

    MONTREAL, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Contrary to statements by
representatives of the Association pour la défense des droits des défunts et
des familles du Cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, the facility where bodies are
being stored is not a mass grave. It is the same facility where remains are
stored when they cannot be buried in winter when the ground is frozen.
    "We understand the frustration felt by the association's representatives,
and we are sparing no effort to trying to reach a quick settlement in the
labour dispute. But such statements are likely to add to the suffering of
bereaved families. Our storage facility is not a mass grave. Bodies are stored
in a respectful, dignified and safe manner," explained Yoland Tremblay,
general manager of the Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal.
    With regard to the concerns expressed about the identification of
remains, the Fabrique would like to point out that identification is certified
by the funeral home that receives the body, validated twice by the transporter
responsible for bringing it to its final resting place and by the cemetery
when it is delivered to the storage facility.

    Funeral directors' professional association

    The Corporation des thanatologues du Québec (funeral directors'
professional association) explains that the conservation conditions in effect
at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery fully comply with the organization's code of
ethics. "We have visited the facility on a few occasions since the beginning
of the dispute and have observed that the cemetery's management is drawing on
all of its know-how to ensure that conservation is handled with dignity and
safety," said Marc Poirier, president of the Montreal chapter of the
Corporation des thanatologues du Québec.

    About Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

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

For further information:

For further information: Yoland Tremblay, General manager, (514)
735-1361; Marc Poirier, President, Corporation des thanatologues du Québec
(Montreal chapter), (514) 727-2847

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