GROWING UP IN A MELBOURNE FUNERAL HOME

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to grow up in a Funeral Home?

In this blog Luke Reynolds gives us an insight into his childhood memories.

People often ask me why I became a Funeral Director and I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for my childhood experiences, I would never have considered it as a profession. I guess you could say that I have quite literally grown up surrounded by the funeral industry.

I remember when I was eight years of age, my father joined Tobin Brothers Funerals as a Funeral Director. Within months of his commencement, our family took up residence at the company’s head office in North Melbourne. It was certainly a huge culture shock leaving our family home in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs and relocating to a small apartment located directly above one of Melbourne’s largest funeral homes. It was also rather exciting for my sister, brother and I as our family embarked upon this new adventure.

From the very beginning, my parents felt that it was very important for my siblings and I to feel completely comfortable and secure in our new surroundings. In order to dispel any potential fears that we might have, my father took us on a tour of the Tobin Brothers North Melbourne Chapel to give us a clear understanding of the workings of a Funeral Home. I remember being fascinated by the intricate features of the caskets which were displayed in a large selection room, it was was unlike anything I had ever seen.

During the 1980’s, Tobin Brothers’ fleet consisted of silver Chevrolet hearses and mourning coaches. I recall that every morning on our way to school, we were warmly greeted by the staff as we walked through the company’s large garage. It was a hive of activity as the men carefully detailed the fleet of immaculately maintained vehicles, a far cry from my mother’s Holden, Kingswood!

I am often asked if I was frightened about living at a Funeral Home and being exposed to this unique industry at such a young age. I can honestly say, to the contrary, that these surroundings have always felt quite natural to me and I don’t really know life any differently. During my childhood, Tobin Brothers was always a very caring and warm environment.

For the five years that our family lived in residence at the Tobin Brothers North Melbourne and Malvern locations, there are two things that stand out the most. Firstly, I observed first-hand the personal satisfaction, professionalism and dedication that my parents displayed in their roles as Funeral Directors. Secondly, I remember fondly the warmth and kindness of the staff who became our extended family during the time that we called Tobin Brothers ‘home.’

Years later, following in my parents’ footsteps I joined Tobin Brothers. Working as a Funeral Consultant and Conductor, I learnt the importance of providing exceptional service and care to families across Melbourne. Upon reflection, it is the first class training that I received during my time with Tobin Brothers combined with our childhood exposure to the funeral industry that have played a pivotal role in helping my family to build Reynolds Funerals. We will stop at nothing as we strive for excellence in funeral care.

At Reynolds Funerals, we believe that behind every life is a special story and we pride ourselves on our ability to help families make sure that story is told. Call our team any time on 03 9579 2020 to discuss our services.