What is Tender?

At Tender Funerals, we believe funerals and funeral care should be meaningful, authentic, and affordable.

Inspired by the original Tender Funerals Illawarra, a group of Canberra Region volunteers came together in April 2019 with the vision of starting a Tender Funerals locally. Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, their perseverance and wonderful support from the community resulted in significant funding being raised for the project, both from individuals and organisations.

In 2024, Tender Funerals Canberra Region will open its doors at 49 Laverton Ave, Fairbairn. In particular, The Snow Foundation and the Canberra Airport have made this possible, with additional support from Hands Across Canberra and the Braidwood Community Bank.

Tender Funerals Canberra Region supports residents of Canberra, Goulburn, Yass, Cooma, Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood and the smaller towns and villages nearby for funerals, death care advice and support and community education. Our team of professional funeral directors and administration is supported by volunteers from the community.

Every person is unique, and their funeral should reflect this. We provide a range of services across after death care, funeral/celebration arrangements and body disposal options – many based on sustainable principles – which enable you to have a much greater say in how your loved one is treated after death.

A community undertaking, we operate in ways that enable families and communities to arrange a funeral that is authentic, meaningful and affordable. Kindness is our compass; we always put people and relationships first.

We encourage practices that promote healing, including participating in any aspects of the funeral processes. For example, you could choose to wash and dress your person and/or take charge of the funeral service. For those who want to participate in these and other last significant rites, it can be an enriching and life-affirming experience. Or, should you prefer, we can care for your loved one on your behalf.

Community Empowerment and Education

Tender Funerals is part of a community movement towards reclaiming the rites around death and dying. Offering education around your rights and responsibilities and the opportunity for open conversation, we hope to empower people to take control of their dying, their deaths and their funerals.