Les Jardins du Souvenir Pioneers Sustainable Cemetery Practices with Biodegradable Burials
Funeral Home and Cemetery Les Jardins du Souvenir, located throughout West Quebec I many locations, has announced its decision to reserve their various cemeteries for the burial of biodegradable urns and coffins. The announcement was made during the first shovel of a brand new project for the development of the Saint-Redemptionur cemetery.
The initiative is part of a sustainable development approach that the diocesan organization has undertaken three years ago. The organization already owns 16 cemeteries in Outaouais and has decided to phase out thousands of plastic and metal boxes and coffins that will not degrade and contribute to soil pollution. The move is a choice of consistency and transparency for the organization.
The CEO of the corporation, Daniel Dezainde, announced the initiative during the press conference and said that the team made the choice to support sustainable development by phasing out non-biodegradable materials. Mon. Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, was also present at the conference and rejoiced at the initiative of the Gardens of Remembrance.
During the conference, Monseigneur Durocher quoted an excerpt from Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, stating that the urgent challenge to save our common home includes the concern to unite the whole human family in the pursuit of sustainable and whole development. He also praised the initiative of Les Jardins du Souvenir.
The event was held under the watchful eye of Mr. Gérard Gratton, President of the Council from the administration of the Memory Gardens, who called the initiative an eloquent illustration of the organization's dynamism and creativity. The press conference was attended by many elected officials, funeral home representatives, clergy, and parishioners who showed their support for this new stage of the "green and sustainable turn" of the Souvenir Gardens.
Les Jardins du Souvenir is a leader in the industry, and their decision to reserve their cemeteries for the burial of biodegradable urns and coffins is an excellent example of how the industry can evolve towards more sustainable practices. This initiative is not only a testament to the organization's commitment to environmental stewardship, but it is also a response to the growing demand for sustainable funeral practices. With this new development, Les Jardins du Souvenir has shown that it is possible to honor loved ones while preserving the environment for future generations.
Photo Caption: Monseigneur Durocher emphasizes the importance of sustainable development during the announcement of Les Jardins du Souvenir's decision to reserve their cemeteries for biodegradable burials. (TF)
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