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Tender Mid North Coast

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 that do not leave community members with large debt. We don’t take shortcuts and always put people and relationships first.

Tender Mid-north Coast is currently running a crowdfunding campaign. Please feel free to contribute and share: https://www.chuffed.org/project/tender-funerals-fundraising-campaign

Our Vision

Tender Mid-North Coast is working towards bringing Tender Funerals to the NSW Mid North Coast region. We are a group of volunteers who’ve been dedicated to bringing this service to our region since mid-2019.

This project has great momentum in our community. The support for our online crowdfunding campaign and our community engagement activities has been wonderful. People we’ve met at markets and in online forums have shared their stories and their appreciation for the work we do. Our group of volunteers is growing and with that our capacity to build a Tender community increases.

After searching for a suitable building for a long time, we found some land in Wauchope and are planning to build a home for Tender Funerals Mid North Coast in 2021. We hope to be operational in the second half of 2021, servicing communities from Taree to Coffs Harbour.

How You Can Support Tender Mid North Coast

Tender Funeral Mid North Coast is raising funds for a building. The crowdfunding campaign is in full swing and any donation, however small or large is welcome. It has been a difficult year for all of us, let’s finish it off on a positive note by creating something wonderful, that will support our community in years to come.

The group welcomes new volunteers. We need help with a range of tasks, including administration, community engagement, marketing, finance/business development and more. Please email us, if you are interested.

[email protected]


Giant Garage Sale @ The Lost Plot Community Garden, Sat 28 November from 8.30 am

Looking for sustainable Christmas gifts? Buy pre-loved. The Tender working group is running a Giant Garage Sale at The Lost Plot Community Garden, just in time to do your Christmas shopping. Books, small furniture, household goods, clothes, toys, we’ve got it all, thanks to generous donations from our community. So come along, grab a bargain and have a chat.

If you would like to donate any goods to this sale, please email us.

[email protected]

Giving Tuesday – Tender Morning Tea @ Roto House, Tue 1 December at 10 am

Tender Funerals has joined Giving Tuesday the global generosity movement that’s unleashing the power of people, not-for-profits and small businesses to transform their communities and the world.

We are hosting this event to celebrate the global day of connecting people to causes they care about and making a difference. All proceeds will go to Tender Funerals to contribute to the build of our new home here in the Mid North Coast.

Click here to book https://www.trybooking.com/683585

Meet us at the Markets

Come and have a chat to us at community markets on the Mid North Coast. We’ll be at:

Wauchope Framers Market – Saturday, 28 November

Grown & Gathered Market (Pappinbarra) – Sunday, 6 December

Contact Tender Mid North Coast

We have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tendermnc/ and an email address [email protected] Please feel welcome to contact us for more information or to express an interest in joining the Working Group. We’d love to hear from you.

For more information, please phone:

Tender Mid North Coast Working Party – Our People

Celia Kershaw

Celia is a creative force. She is a bush poet and was involved as an actor and director in the Molong Players, an amateur dramatic group, which raised funds for local charities in the Central West. As a member of the North Shore Eco Warriors, she raised awareness of environmental issues on the North Shore. Celia has taught French in the private sector for 30 years. Her interest in the Tender Funerals concept stems from a belief that most funerals cost far too much to families who are emotionally vulnerable when making decisions in this area. It follows on naturally from her involvement with Dying with Dignity.

Denis Juelicher

Denis has worked in a variety of roles in the community sector, business and local Government. Her professional life has focused on community development, community engagement, marketing, event management and environmental education. Her care for community and environmental sustainability runs deep and expresses itself in her involvement in a range of community projects. Denis is an entrepreneur who has set up her business, The Yoga Shala, as well as a number of not- for-profit organisations, such as the Green Day Out (sustainability expo), The Lost Plot (community garden) and Ekam Yoga Festival on the NSW Mid North Coast. She completed a Death Midwifery training with Dr. Michael Barbado in 2018.

Janet Geronomi

Janet has had diverse roles in both public and independent sectors in the areas of education, administration, registration and compliance at executive level for over 30 years. Janet brings to Tender Funerals qualifications and experience in education, project management, HR, administration management and compliance. Janet is retired in the Mid North Coast and is committed to contributing to her local community, using her skills to assist in positive community engagement and change.

Relle Hart

Relle has held administrative and office management roles in the private and community sector. Relle took a sideways step into more people-oriented roles in the community mental health sector as a program coordinator and manager. She has been involved in the Independent education system as a parent and has held a number of board roles in that system. She has an entrepreneurial streak and has dabbled in selfemployment at various intervals. Currently she is owner/operator of a service offering end-of-life planning and support, digital storytelling, community education and is an advocate/facilitator of DIY funerals. Relle brings a passion for reclaiming death, dying and grieving, alongside a range of administrative, communication and design skills to the table, as well as a healthy community spirit.

Janice Saunders

Funding Partners

In February 2020 Tender Funerals Mid North Coast received funding from the Vasudhara Foundation to engage a project activator for 6 months to accelerate the process of establishing a Tender Funerals franchise on the Mid North Coast. Denis Juelicher, who has taken on this role, has significant community development and project management experience, working in both voluntary and paid positions, on projects such as The Lost Plot Community Garden, The Green Day Out Inc. and Ekam Yoga Festival. She will now, in conjunction with the working group, seek a suitable property, engage with the community and community services organisations in the region and raise funds to establish the franchise.