Tender Funerals Mid North Coast creates crowdfunding campaign for healing garden

Tender Funerals Mid North Coast creates crowdfunding campaign for healing garden

Port News
25 March 2022
Tender Funerals Mid North Coast has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the establishment of a healing garden.
Tender Funerals is a registered charity, newly established in the Hastings, offering holistic funerals and community education from Wauchope.
The not-for-profit funeral service has a focus on affordability, community involvement, compassionate support and healthy bereavement.
Tender engages with the community through regular education activities and events, encouraging people to be prepared for death and informed about all the choices available when it comes to funerals and after-death care.
Tender Funerals Mid North Coast general manager Denis Juelicher said after three years of committed volunteer effort by our community, the funeral service was ready to open its doors in April.
“Our community has supported us strongly through our establishment phase, offering financial support, skills and time to get us to this point,” she said.
“We’ve bought land, built a building and are now establishing a beautiful native garden to support the work we do.”
Tender Funerals has created a crowdfunding campaign to support this last step in setting up a not-for-profit funeral service on the Mid North Coast.
People can support the campaign through crowdfunding and online fundraising platform FundRazr.
“We invite everyone who can contribute financially to choose an item from our wish list, that they would like to contribute to our garden,” Ms Juelicher said.
“We have flowers, trees, pavers and lots of other landscaping items on our wish list. We also understand that not everyone is able to contribute financially.
“Other ways of supporting this project are to share information about the campaign or to join us for one of our garden working bees.”

Media release: Videos highlight Wills risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Media release: Videos highlight Wills risk for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

8 February 2022

The risks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of not having a Will are highlighted in videos launched by Tender Funerals Australia today.

Developed for communities and service providers, the free online videos encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make a Will that sets out what they would like to happen when they pass away.

The videos feature:

  • Bobbi Murray, Barkindji/Ngiyampaa woman
  • Phil Duncan, Gomeroi Elder
  • Professor Prue Vines, author of the Aboriginal Wills Handbook

“My family knows when I leave this earth I want my body to go back to country and it’s written in my Will,” said Barkindji/Ngiyampaa woman Bobbi Murray. “I encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make a Will. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s about passing on things that are important no matter what happens.”

“When an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person passes away without a Will there is a risk that decisions will be made that aren’t culturally appropriate,” said Jennifer Briscoe-Hough, General Manager, Tender Funerals Australia. “We hope these videos will empower families and communities to exercise their rights around end of life.”

The videos are available at www.tenderfunerals.com.au/dev-net-wp/making-a-will

Media contact: Rivkah Nissim: 0407 974 934, [email protected]

Interviews are available with:

  • Jennifer Briscoe-Hough, General Manager, Tender Funerals Australia
  • Bobbi Murray, Barkindji/Ngiyampaa woman


Tender Funerals Australia is a not-for-profit organisation delivering meaningful, affordable funerals and community education on death, dying and end of life.

For more information go to www.tenderfunerals.com.au/dev-net-wp

Tender Funerals: Port Kembla community throws support behind affordable funeral parlour

Tender Funerals: Port Kembla community throws support behind affordable funeral parlour

ABC News
By William Verity
25 January 2016

With the standard funeral leaving little change from $10,000, it is no surprise that money, more than religion, is often uppermost in the minds of families when a loved one dies.

That is particularly true when those families are living on welfare payments.

But the community in Port Kembla, south of Sydney, has taken matters into its own hands.

Locals have raised $100,000 for one of Australia’s first not-for-profit, community-run funeral parlours, offering services at a fraction of the price.

Tender Funerals is run by community worker Jenny Briscoe-Hough, who had her first encounter with the business of death when her mother died seven years ago.

“I was shocked by the cost of a funeral,” she recalled.

“And I said, maybe we should just start a not-for-profit funeral service.”

Since then, Ms Briscoe-Hough has worked towards getting Tender Funerals off the ground.

The organisation became the subject of a 2013 documentary film called Tender.

Ms Briscoe-Hough is about to move Tender Funerals into a disused fire station, having secured a low-interest loan, philanthropic funding and more than $100,000 from the community.

“For me, what Tender Funerals is about is saying to people, you’ve got control over this process, what do you want to do? We’ll work with you,” she said.

“We are trying to say, we are not going to equate the money spent on a funeral with love.

“We are trying to say love has got nothing to do with that.”

The changing face of funerals

Tender Funerals has come to the attention of an arts organisation named Groundswell, which is dedicated to making death an everyday part of life.

Jessie Williams is on the board of the Groundswell Project and travelled to Port Kembla last week to lend her support.

“There is a call from the community to actually bring conversations about death to life,” Ms Williams said.

“For the last 50 or so years loved ones have stopped dying in our homes, they have stopped dying in our communities, most of us die in hospitals or in aged care facilities.

“So we recognised the mediatisation of the dying and so the community started to say, well, actually we want to have some choices around our final days.”

The idea of taking back control of dying and of grieving is an old fashioned one that is becoming modern once more thanks to the Baby Boomers.

“Remember the Victorian ages, I suppose, of where you had the front parlour and mum or dad, their body stayed in the front parlour and the family members came in and out of the home and had a conversation around the person, wept on top of the person, put their grief onto that person, which is appropriate,” Ms Williams said.

The idea of enlisting community support is one that has operated for years in another of Australia’s most deprived communities: the homeless and destitute of Kings Cross.

For more than 50 years, the Wayside Chapel has been an institution in the Cross, and marketing head Laura Watts applauds the changing face of funerals.

“We believe at the Wayside that every life, no matter what happened in it, deserves to end with dignity and everyone deserves to end with a standing ovation,” she said.

It is a vision that Ms Briscoe-Hough hopes will spread across Australia once Tender Funerals opens its doors for business by the middle of the year.

“I think it’s pretty exciting because it’s really about us saying we are able to keep on looking after that person through this final stage.”