Funeral celebrants in Quebec

Your funeral officiant

With loved ones, our funeral officiant will carefully compose the ceremony, while respecting the beliefs of the deceased, and that of the family.
The funeral ceremony can alleviate the burden that is put upon us with the death of a loved one and the feeling of emptiness, which seems to invade our life.
Our funeral officiant can officiate in a funeral home, or, when the deceased is cremated, the ceremony can take place at the location of your choice: a reception hall, a restaurant, a vineyard, or in a private residence.
The scattering of ashes ceremonial is also possible, while respecting The Quebec Funeral Operations Act.
Relatives are invited to participate in the ceremony, thus time will be allocated to the reading of a text, a poem or with the addition of music.

Funeral FAQ

You are a “non-denominational” organization, what does this term mean?

Le Nouveau Penser  is not tied to any faith, whether Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, or otherwise, therefore we respect everyone’s individual religious beliefs.Our philosophy is one of respect, humanism and unity. Consequently, the texts chosen for your ceremony will take into account your beliefs or your non-beliefs.

What documents are we required to provide?

No legal document is required.

How many meetings will we have with the officiant?

There is no required meeting.

Where can a funeral ceremony be held?

The funeral ceremony is usually held at the funeral parlor and may also happen at the place of your choice, a vineyard, reception hall or private residence.

How will the officiant be dressed?

The celebrant usually wears a stole over his civilian dress, he or she can wear an alb and a stole to better suit your wishes.

Can the texts used at our ceremony be modified?

The texts can be modified according to your requirements, with the agreement of the celebrant.

Can our ceremony be written in both languages?

The ceremony can be presented in French, in English, or in both languages simultaneously, when possible.  It could possibly be presented in other languages, upon request.


Can relatives participate in the ceremony?

Yes, we do encourage their participation, Time is even allocated to it. Whether reading a text, a poem or playing a musical instrument, as per your wishes.

How long is the ceremony?

It takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes to complete the ceremony.

When can the ceremony take place?

At the time of your choice, weekdays, weekends, days, or evenings.

What happens if our celebrant is ill or incapacitated on the day of the ceremony?

Le Nouveau Penser gathers several officiants. If, for some major reason, your official celebrant is unable to perform your ceremony, we will authorize a replacement who will respect the date and place of your ceremony.

How does one make a reservation with Le Nouveau Penser organization?

An official reservation can be made by phone or email. We will need the following information:

  • Name of the deceased person
  • Date and time of the ceremony
  • Name and full civic address of the ceremony venue
  • Your name
  • Two phone numbers, ideally your cellular
  • Your email address
  • Your preference for the officiant: male, female, or no preference

If contacting us by email, please leave your phone number to reach you and the best time for us to do so. We will recommend a celebrant who will contact you within 24 hours.

You also have two options:

  • Contact the officiant of your choice directly. (Consult the list of all our officiants, and their contact details on the site)
  • Contact the office of Le Nouveau Penser.  We are open every day of the week from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. 1-514-254-2951 or

What is the price of the ceremony?

The price of our services varies depending on how far the celebrant must travel to get to your ceremony location.

This service is turnkey. It includes the initial phone conversation, opening the case file, preparation of the ceremony, celebrant travel, celebration and taxes. No other fees will be added to this amount.

What are the payment terms when booking a ceremony?

To confirm your reservation, your officiant will request to send him adeposit of 200$ within the following two (2) weeks via an Interac transfer to his email address.

The balance owed must be paid no later than one (1) month prior to the ceremony.

Please Note:  Full payment amount may be made with the initial payment, if you prefer.

Contact the Nouveau Penser to find out more about our funeral ceremonies

For more information on the organization and conduct of our funeral services, contact one of our officiants or call our office at 514 254-2951 or via our contact page.