Credit: Photo Jean Laramée
Photo: Caroline Bergeron
Founded in 2004
$400,000 annual budget
4,759 hours volunteered by some 50 individuals in 2013
2,014 calls received by the help line in 2013
20,000 counselling interventions with the bereaved in the last 10 years
La Maison Monbourquette is a beacon of healing, hope and support for those dealing with the death of a loved one. It offers a wide variety of support services to those in bereavement seeking comfort and solace, as well as ways to cope with such a trying event in their lives.
La Maison Monbourquette was founded in 2004 by Lisette Jean in honour of Jean Monbourquette, highly regarded internationally for his work in the field of human relations, especially in the area of bereavement. Born in Iberville, Québec, in 1933, Monbourquette was a priest and psychologist who wrote numerous books and academic papers. Translated into 12 languages, his books have been read by millions of people around the world. He died in 2012 in Ottawa.
La Maison Monbourquette offers the bereaved its assistance and services at no charge through a Québec-wide toll-free help line, individual and family meetings, music therapy and support groups. Since its founding ten years ago, la Maison Monbourquette has conducted over 20,000 counselling interventions with bereaved individuals. It has also built up an abundant collection of tools and created a directory of resources providing support for the bereaved.
Enabling the organization to considerably expand its outreach, since 2010 la Maison Monbourquette has offered specialized training on bereavement to professionals and others—organizations, students and volunteers—wishing to provide counselling and support in their communities, and its Training Centre is now at work throughout Québec. These training programs are also a source of income for la Maison Monbourquette, whose only other funding comes in the form of donations from the public and corporations.
“During the course of our adult lifetimes, virtually no one escapes the trauma of the loss of a loved one,” says Gérard Veilleux, President, Power Communications, who also volunteers with the organization. “How effectively we manage and overcome such a loss in a way determines our chances of once again becoming productive members of our communities and of society. La Maison Monbourquette provides a uniquely empathetic service that has a positive impact on the lives of thousands every year.”
“The generous support we receive from Power Corporation has been absolutely essential to the development of la Maison Monbourquette, and it has our deepest gratitude,” declares Lisette Jean, founder of la Maison Monbourquette.