On August 20, the Regional Perinatal Mourning Committee of the Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) des Laurentides inaugurated a land plot dedicated to babies who died during pregnancy or at birth, located at Cœur-Immaculé-de Marie cemetery on Iberville Street in Mont-Laurier.
This initiative is the result of a partnership between the Regional Committee for Perinatal Mourning of the CISSS des Laurentides, the parish of Notre-Dame-de-l’Alliance which donated the land to the cemetery, and the monument manufacturer Gareau Granite who donated the tombstone and the inscription, as well as the Achille Ouellette Funeral Home, which offers free services to parents that deal with such deaths.
The project partners were Mr. Pierre Bazinet representing the Achille Ouellette Funérarium, Ms. Danielle Gareau de Gareau Granite and the celebrant Mr. Jean-René Sirois from the parish of Notre-Dame-de-l’Alliance accompanied Ms. Katy Dufour, Andréanne Lapalme, Mélanie Ouellette, Alexandra Racette Mayer and Amélie Rochon, from the CISSS des Laurentides.
Mr. Sirois blessed the land where bereaved parents can come and pray. The following inscription can be read on the monument: “Your brief passage changed our life. We will never forget you “. “The intention of this process, which is part of the continuum of care and services offered, is to provide parents, families and loved ones with a place where the bodies of these little ones lie. Also, it allows them, if they wish, to go there to meditate there in order to experience their mourning with as much serenity as possible,” explained Ms. Rosemonde Landry, President and CEO of the CISSS des Laurentides.
Every September, a commemorative celebration brings together the bereaved parents in memory of the deceased babies. This ceremony, which takes place simultaneously in several sectors of the Laurentians, is an opportunity for meditation while highlighting the brief passage of these babies. Despite their short lives, they touched hearts and they will never be forgotten. Bereaved people who would like professional and personalized support can contact their local community service center (CLSC)
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