Funeral homes come together
THE move to consolidate two prominent Subiaco funeral providers – Chippers and Mareena Purslowe – into a single facility has expanded the range of services either business offered alone.
It also presented Deputy Premier Liza Harvey with an opportunity to recount her very personal experience with Chippers, at the official opening of the Townshend Road building on Thursday.
Ms Harvey’s husband Hal died in October 2014 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
“All the people that were involved in sending my husband off are here today,” Ms Harvey said.
“You do a great job. It’s a really important job and it’s a job that families like mine deeply appreciate.
“When you go through an experience like that and you send someone off, you want to walk away with great warm feelings to the people who helped you in the process, and also feeling as though you’ve really done your loved one justice.”
The new centre, which has operated for the past month, includes two independently operated funeral homes, a common chapel space, a condolence lounge and catering facility.
Invocare general manager Luke Gregory said the move was not made lightly, given Chippers and Mareena Purslowe had been established in separate Rokeby Road locations for 50 and 30 years respectively.
“We’re happy to share that the new joint location has been designed with different religions, cultures and backgrounds in mind,” Mr Gregory said.
From top: Trevor Lovelle, Liza Harvey MLA and Candy Roberts. Frances Burgess, Daniel McKeig and Sol Hart. Malene Andersen and Michelle Kara.