The short version of 'Our story' was published in the beautiful Peninsula Essence magazine in February 2020.
In telling our story – we encourage you to tell yours!
Tips on how you can get started telling 'Your Story', can be found in our blog.
We are proud to be the only Mornington Peninsula funeral directors with a full facility to care for loved ones on the Peninsula, right through until their final farewell.
What’s your story?
Have you ever attended a funeral and during the service learned remarkable facts about the dearly departed that you wished you’d known before? And, what about the valuable life-lessons and stories that weren’t recorded and shared during the eulogy?
Experiences, relationships and wisdom gathered over a lifetime, unless documented somehow – preferably while we’re still here – can be forgotten or lost in translation.
While most adults may have a will – designating money and material possessions – there’s something else, very meaningful, that can be undervalued and overlooked. Their stories. Whether we’re Aussie ‘quiet achiever’ types, or maybe afraid of the tall poppy syndrome, most Australians don’t toot their own horns, and in many cases, when people die their stories die with them.
Writing or recording your own story can be rewarding – both for you and for others. For children and grandchildren in particular, there can be important facts including family medical and genealogical history that are invaluable. Further to that, stories of your adventures and achievements or hardships and challenges – not just what you did, but how you did it – can be well worth passing on.
As a funeral director, Andrew Ternes, of Mornington Peninsula Funerals, tells of another compelling reason to document certain details of your life. Information relating to you, your parents and any marriages and children you’ve had, are legally required for the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Recording these details and placing them with your will can save your family or executors the trouble of searching for this information at what can often be a stressful time.
While these details can certainly be woven into your story, they can also be documented in a funeral pre-planning booklet. A complimentary copy of the Mornington Peninsula Funerals Pre-planning book can be downloaded from https://www.mpfunerals.com.au/funeral-planning/, or mailed out, upon request.
In his experience as a Funeral Director, Andrew has felt privileged to hear people’s stories as he's sat with families to arrange services. While working for a large funeral organization, Andrew had identified the need for a truly local, independent provider to offer a more personalised service at a fair price. A call he had heard from members of the community as well.
After much consideration and discussion, he realized that he could start this own funeral home. Andrew, helped by his wife Julie, worked on the architectural layout and interior design, then applied for the necessary permits from council and other statutory bodies. A friend helped Andrew build the offices, meeting rooms and a mortuary while Julie created the website, and set up the office. Then together they recruited the right team and developed a business plan and way of working which incorporates their experience, ethics and personal integrity.
Mornington Peninsula Funerals was launched at a time when the industry was under intense media scrutiny. As Andrew describes “There’s a general uneasiness in the community regarding funeral companies, and we want people to feel confident that, with us, they and their loved ones will be treated with respect and compassion when the inevitable occurs. As a small, family owned and operated business, we offer continuity of care right through until our ‘guests of honour’ reach their final destination.”
So please, before you reach your final destination, share your stories. Discuss them if you can and have meaningful conversations with your family and others about your heritage, or at least document the stories for them to read later.