Funeral homes come to­gether

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­tures: Robin Kor­net d456885

From top: Trevor Lovelle, Liza Har­vey MLA and Candy Roberts. Frances Burgess, Daniel McKeig and Sol Hart. Ma­lene An­der­sen and Michelle Kara.

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