❝about we are all cel­e­brat­ing life and that’s how we ap­proach it.

NewsMail - - NEWS - Emma Reid emma.reid@news-mail.com.au

EVER wanted to know what hap­pens be­hind the scenes of a funeral home?

To­day is your chance as one of Bund­aberg’s funeral chapels opens its doors to the pub­lic.

Fam­ily busi­ness Gen­er­a­tion Funer­als was started in 1999 as Rose Chapel Funer­als. Own­ers David and Penny Levi took over in 2010.

They want the com­mu­nity to feel re­as­sured and know what re­ally hap­pens at a funeral home and that’s how to­day’s event came about.

The NewsMail spoke with Toni Bren­nan about the ins and outs of work­ing in a place most would not have seen.

She said the be­hind-thescenes tour would quash many mis­con­cep­tions peo­ple had about what hap­pened af­ter death.

“As we get older we tend to think about mak­ing ar­range­ments. This is a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to be re­as­sured now,” she said.

The open-door tour will al­low the pub­lic to see first­hand what goes on.

“We will be show­ing the mor­tu­ary, the chapel and an­swer ques­tions peo­ple may have about what hap­pens dur­ing this time,” she said.

“At Gen­er­a­tion Funer­als we are all about cel­e­brat­ing life and that’s how we ap­proach it.”

Ms Bren­nan said the mor­tu­ary, where bodies are pre­pared and dressed, was the room peo­ple had most ques­tions about.

She said they could also do em­balm­ing but it was not com­mon th­ese days.

“It is of­ten done for ei­ther re­li­gious rea­sons or to pre­serve the body for a longer time,” she said.

Dur­ing the tour peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to see the fleet of spe­cialised ve­hi­cles along with prod­ucts and ser­vices of­fered at the home.

“Sat­isfy your cu­rios­ity, an­swer any ques­tion you may have, de­bunk myths or just meet the team.”

The tour is child-friendly. To take a tour, head to Gen­er­a­tion Funer­als on Toon­burra St between 9.30am and 11.30am to­day.

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BE­HIND THE SCENES: Owner David Levi in the mor­tu­ary at Gen­er­a­tion Funer­als, the room peo­ple have the most ques­tions about.

Toni Bren­nan in the chapel at Gen­er­a­tion Funer­als.

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