The first Mareena Purslowe funeral home opened in 1989 and ever since then we have been offering a unique and distinctive quality of funeral service to Perth families, provided by our committed and professional team of women.
In the rest of Australia we are known as White Lady Funerals and began operating in 1987.
From our South Fremantle funeral home, Mareena Purslowe Funerals works closely with families in and around Fremantle, Beaconsfield, Hamilton Hill, White Gum Valley, Palmyra, East Fremantle, North Fremantle and South Fremantle. Our caring and compassionate funeral directors are here to support you during this difficult time.
Our local landmarks include Monument Hill, Fremantle Round House, South Beach, Fremantle Markets, Fisherman's Wharf, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Port and Fremantle Prison. We're also close to local parks such as the Esplanade Park, Wilson Park, CY O' Connor Reserve and Manning Park.
In late 2017 we refurbished the Fremantle funeral home to give families a welcoming place to celebrate what life meant to their loved ones. Our premises are co-branded and shared with Purslowe & Chipper Funerals.
We will gently guide you through the decision-making process, answering any questions you have along the way. Our calming presence is very much appreciated by local Fremantle families and we have a proud reputation for the quality of our service.
Recognising that every family is unique, we can help you shape any style of funeral that may reflect your family’s cultural or religious background. Our funeral directors can help you arrange a service wherever you wish – whether indoors at a church or chapel, outdoors at a park, or at another location that played a special role in your loved one’s life.
For example, you may wish to hold a service at:
Following the ceremony, you may choose to bury or memorialise your loved one at Fremantle Cemetery, which is less than 5km from our funeral home. This historical cemetery caters for our culturally diverse population, and offers burials, memorials and a mausoleum.
Celebrate the life of your loved one in our spacious on-site modern chapel which can accommodate 95 sitting guests and standing room for 25 or 30 guests. We have a function area for 60 or 70 standing guests, 2 arrangement rooms and 1 viewing room.
We are happy to personalise the chapel and add personal touches to create a special funeral service as unique as the person who has passed away.
Parking is available at our funeral home with 35 parking spaces including 2 ambulant spaces. Additional parking is available at the shopping centre across the road. The parking lot adjacent to our funeral home is not available for funeral parking. For those looking to travel by public transport, there are several bus routes that stop near our funeral home.
The team at Mareena Purslowe Funerals Fremantle are with you every step of the way, keeping you informed and guiding you through the arrangements as much or as little as you need.
What do you enjoy about your job?
Being a funeral director is the most rewarding job I have ever had. There are so many aspects to this career, many which others don't consider. The general assumption others make is that it is depressing and sad and that can be true at times when you are dealing with extraordinary circumstances. However, on the whole, it is a privilege to be of service to families and help them facilitate the final tribute for someone they love. What we do matters and impacts the emotional future of families.
How long have you been location manager?
Although I have been in the industry for over 10 years, I have been a location manager since early 2016.
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies and am the lead singer in a cover band. I really enjoy food and love cooking as well as going out to eat.
Are there any special community groups you work with or support?
Fremantle has a healthy Italian community and I am a member of the local Italian Club. One of our team members is Portuguese, so we have a great relationship with their community as well. I also go along to Fremantle Chamber of Commerce events and have an interest in The Esther Foundation who help young women improve on their circumstance and choices. As well as funeral directing, I have undertaken studies to become a marriage celebrant and am looking to conduct weddings by the end of 2018.