A family success for almost 50 years
The story of the Résidences et Jardins Funéraires Bessette started when Georges A. Bessette, with his 12 years of experience in the funeral profession, acquired the Waterloo and Valcourt funeral homes. From then on, his daughter Lucie and his sons Claude, Robert and Raymond, all thanatology graduates, joined him in the enterprise.
At that time, the population of Bromont was growing steadily without having access to a local funeral home. Therefore, the opportunity was seized and a funeral home was built.
The company then acquired the Salon funéraire Drummond in eastern Granby and the Salon funéraire Victor Rochon in Roxton Pond, now totalling 5 locations.
In order to better serve a growing clientele, the family business undertook a huge modern complex project with the construction of a crematorium and a columbarium.
Over the years, the complex has grown in size with, among other things, its superb central building and its cemetery, which is undoubtedly the most beautiful funeral estate in the Montérégie region.
The first 3rd-generation professional then came in. Éric Bessette, having just completed his training in thanatology, joined the company founded by his grandfather.
The enterprise was granted the Silver Award of Distinction from the Chambre de Commerce de la Haute-Yamaska for service company in the Large Business category..
Les Résidences et Jardins Funéraires Bessette then received theAward of Distinction from the Corporation des thanatologues du Québec.
It is important for the funeral industry, like most business sectors in Quebec, to be equipped with recognition mechanisms in order to strengthen the bond of trust with clients.
The Corporation des thanatologues du Québec is the only one in Quebec that offers a certification of quality and establishes standards of professional service with the Bureau de normalisation du Québec.
The Award of Distinction is granted by the Corporation des thanatologues to funeral enterprises that voluntarily undergo a rigorous qualification process. This certification implies a complete review of the business practices in a funeral home and ensures that clients benefit from a highly professional service.
In 2016, Émilie and Patrick Bessette joined the team. Sophie Bessette then arrived in 2017 and the family business changed hands. Raymond, Émilie, Sophie and Patrick became the new owners.
In order to adapt to confinement rules imposed in the context of COVID-19, a new live streaming service was developed. Families may now watch the last goodbyes to their loved ones from the comfort of their home, thus eliminating limits of time and distance.
At the end of 2020, we obtained the BNQ 9700-699 standard from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec, making us the first certified funeral company in Montérégie. This confirms that Les Résidences et Jardins Funéraires Bessette is a highly qualified company in its field of expertise. This standard was designed to ensure that people affected by bereavement have access to exceptional services as well as comply with applicable laws and regulations.