The National, Friday 30th March 2012
By ANCILLA WRAKUALE
A state-of-the-art funeral service was opened in Port Moresby yesterday by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
Dove Funeral Services Ltd, located at Taurama is the second funeral service in the city after the pioneer Funeral Home.
Dove Funeral Services is part of the L&A Group of Companies and is run by a team of professionals aimed at providing affordable services to the people of PNG.
Kevin Bender, general manager of Dove Funeral Services, said the new funeral service would stand by its mission to provide affordable funeral service to the people of PNG so that they could give their relatives and loved once a dignified send off.
The new funeral service featured a showroom with various coffin and headstone sizes, a mortuary, two chillers and a chapel.
Later, a crematory will be set up.
Bender was previously with the Funeral Home for many years and was not new to the business.
Bender is a professional in the business and has studied embalming in Australia and in the United Kingdom.
He also has another experience staff member Keroto Alepa, who has an embalming certificate from Australia.
Bender said Dove currently has nine staff member and they are anticipating the number to increase to at least 15 in the near future.
He said they would have training for staff and from time to time have an expert from Australia to keep them abreast with mortuary processes.
Bender said they are also looking at branching to outstations later on.
The overnight cost of a corpse at their facility is K100 but he said they would like to minimise the stay of the dead there unless the bodies needed to go to faraway places.
O’Neill had congratulated the management and staff of L&A Group of Companies for the launch of their new business.
He said the new facility “will provide absolute service” to the people of PNG.