Tender WA Metro
At Tender Funerals, we believe funerals and funeral care should be meaningful, authentic, and affordable.
Tender Funerals is a not-for-profit funeral service that ensures that those experiencing financial hardship/distress are able to access personalised, meaningful and affordable funerals. We also provide community education and empowerment around after-death care
We provide a full 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. We encourage practices that promote healing.
A community venture, we operate in ways they do not leave community members with large debt. We don’t take shortcuts and always put people and relationships first.
The Tender Funerals Perth working group was established with the goal of empowering people to play a greater role in the care of their family, friends and community members who are dying or who have died. We believe that everyone, regardless of financial hardship or cultural background should have the opportunity to have funeral services that are meaningful and affordable.
The working group held a series of ‘Death Dinner’ community events where people were able to discuss end of life wishes, family conversations and funeral practices in a safe and supported environment. These conversations made clear to us the lack of literacy and fear West Australians feel in the face of death requires an empowered community to do this ourselves
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Tender WA Metro Working Party – Our People
The working group members have a range of management and leadership skills along with significant experience in funeral celebrancy and community activation. We are about to launch our intentions to the broader community and we will be seeking funding and donations needed to set up the business.
Carol Leen Hush
Carol is a Funeral Celebrant of 25 years and the founder of AfterWords Bespoke Funerals. She has a BA in Politics & International Relations along with a Bachelor of Communications, Graduate Diploma in Civil Ceremonies & Graduate Diploma of Education. Carol has co-facilitated a series of Death Literacy community events and she is currently involved in developing a Coffin Club and in establishing the first Women’s Shed in Western Australia.
Jane worked for over 10 years in the NFP community housing sector, where she held various management and business support roles including People & Culture, Corporate Services and Risk Management. Jane holds a BA in Languages, a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and is a qualified English language teacher. Jane is also a celebrant with experience of conducting funeral and wedding services.
Karen Steele is a Corporate Trainer, Facilitator and Master Coach. She specializes in helping organisations to achieve business objectives by improving human communications in the workplace. She delivers programs in Professional Sales, Customer Service, Leadership, Coaching and Stress Management and has broad industry experience including Financial Services, Hospitality, Hygiene Services, Retail, Higher Education and Not-For-Profit. Karen has also been a Celebrant since 2009 conducting weddings and funerals as well as training other celebrants in WA.
Alison has worked in management and leadership roles across Not-For-Profit, State and Commonwealth government sectors. She brings skills and experience in Strategic Planning, Public Relations, Media and Communications, Project and Contract Management, Change Management, Organisational Learning and Workforce Development. Alison is known for her creative strategic thinking skills and for her innovative, collaborative approach to designing and implementing projects, both in the workplace and in her local community.
Denise holds a Diploma in Financial Services and runs her own successful mortgage broking business in WA’s Peel region. She is a licensed real estate agent with over 20 years’ experience in commercial and residential property management and sales. Denise brings to Tender Funerals Perth her highly developed skills in business procedures and controls and strengths in problem solving, negotiation and decision making.