'Dealing with death at Melbourne's oldest funeral parlour' - ABC Central, 16.02.16

From Chopper Read to Supreme Court judges, WG Raven or Lonergan and Raven, in inner-city Melbourne, have been dealing with not only the dead but also the living for nearly 160 years.

The funeral business is all about helping people, according to director Nigel Davies.

"A funeral director is somebody who helps a family get through a process," he said.

"That process should be more of a grieving process than just about disposing of human remains."

Mr Davies said it was also about being adaptable, and meeting different clients' needs.

This means being able to cater for a three-day Irish wake where the body is kept in the house surrounded by a party, to one client assisting with the embalming of her grandmother.

"If you're going to look after families, that means you have to try and adapt to what the family needs to get through," Mr Davies said.

The business operates over two sites, with the offices and chapel in Clifton Hill and mortuary in Northcote employing 12 staff, half of them part-time, plus an additional four casual staff.  Read more....

'Ashes to ashes, remains gathering dust' - The Leader newspaper, 01.08.11

THOUSANDS of people's ashes - some more than 70 years old - are sitting in cupboards in inner-city funeral homes because no one has collected them.

Now funeral directors want State Government backing to dispose of the ashes, saying it is "not respectable" to keep them hidden for decades.

Options include scattering the ashes in memorial gardens.

Nigel Davies, from Lonergan & Raven in Clifton Hill, said he had about 100 uncollected ashes on site, some dating back to 1942.  Read more...