The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-20T01:34:33Z Art for the Afterlife 2018-11-20T01:34:33Z art-for-the-afterlife Troy Upfield, founder of Chapter House Funerals, met Leroy on the streets a few months back. Over a period they often chat about the day's happenings and swap stories about each other's life journeys. Over conversation, Troy discovered Leroy's talent for painting and wanting to help offered Leroy to paint something for the walls of Chapter House.  It took a few weeks, however, Leroy eventually walked into Chapter House Funerals, and the quietly spoken Leroy said 'I'm here to paint'. Unsure what to paint and to paint on Troy asked Leroy if he would be ok to paint on a coffin lid. Apprehensive at first, Leroy agreed.  Leroy is self-taught as an artist. His is a familiar face in the village of Kew, Melbourne and is often to be found painting outside the supermarket. His strong, quiet presence belies his homeless status. Leroy’s ancestors are Koori, from the Yorta Yorta tribe near Echuca, and he has an unbreakable bond with the natural habitat of his home as his work so clearly shows. Leroy has painted the mythical ‘Bunjil’, his nation’s Creator deity. Bunjil interchanges between Eaglehawk and human and has been portrayed soaring above sun-scorched treetops, yet reaching down through a sinuous root system to the eternal womb of mother earth.  Leroy tends to lose himself in the craft and demands of his work. With his tattooed physique but quiet nature, we find him engrossed in his subject. His painting requires fine brushwork. Attention to detail is apparent, but the result maintains a terrific vigour and vibrancy. Since meeting Leroy, the idea of supporting community and artists has inspired Troy to invite others to tell their story. As an initiative to help, the Chapter House ‘every life has a story to tell’  Art Series has been created and offers local painters the opportunity to showcase their work in a unique format. Chapter House is transforming everyday coffin lids into unique and original artworks.  Chapter House has other works in progress from Chinese, Maori, Street Art and artists with brain acquired injuries.  Each artist will have a feature video produced, and an open exhibition will be held early 2019 to showcase the diversity of art and culture each telling a story.  Leroy's story on Vimeo (photos available on request) In this way, we are challenged to take stock and to remember the precious nature of life itself. In discovering these artists, we celebrate each other and share the fact that every life has a story to tell. Chapter House is an attentive, family-focused business - a local funeral provider. The tight-knit company offers personal attention and sets out to support the Kew and surrounding Melbourne, community. END WHO IS YOUR LOCAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR - CHAPTER 3 2018-05-31T23:09:09Z friday-spotlight-who-is-your-local-funeral-director Troy Upfield founder of Chapter House Funerals, was looking for a new idea and was ready to explore options. After a 23 year stint with Goldman Sachs, he was prepared for a change. He wanted a career that would have a tangible impact and allow him to give back to the local community. Having worked as a funeral director’s assistant and hearse driver, he felt a pull to an industry with the hallmark being care and compassion - funeral service. Per Troy “ Chapter House does not feel like a traditional funeral home with intention. We use digital displays to offer options to families. The typical ‘coffin room’ can be quite overwhelming. Our space is warm, inviting and classic with a modern edge. We designed it, so guests feel safe and not hurried. Our décor is unlike any funeral home we’ve ever visited.” Compassionate about community Troy has served as Vice President of the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre, Board member of Solve Disability Solutions and founder of the Education of Training Aids Fund for children with disability. Troy continues his work in this area encouraging Chapter House, and it's people to support charity and community. chapterhouse.com.au ASHES TO DIAMONDS The Algordanza AG (Switzerland) Memorial Diamond 2018-05-31T21:17:52Z ashes-to-diamonds-the-algordanza-ag-switzerland-memorial-diamond The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamonds are created solely from the Carbon of a late beloved family member. Carbon is the element of life.  ALGORDANZA is the Rhaeto-Romanic – a historic Swiss language – word for ‘remembrance’.  Natural diamonds have been created under vast pressure and enormous heat in the depths of the earth. To create a Memorial Diamond we have to simulate the same conditions. With our own HPHT-machines (High-Pressure-High-Temperature) we are able to do so. From cremated remains or hair we extract the Carbon and grow the most special and unique memorial jewel. “Algordanza AG is looking forward to having Chapter House onboard representing our company and unique service in Melbourne.  We chose Chapter House to represent the Algordanza Memorial Diamond in the Victoria because we believe Chapter House earned good reputation and credibility in this sensitive field. We share the same values and respect towards the families. We aim to offer families in Australia, trustworthy and reliable partners if they want to create a beautiful memory for generations, a symbol of love. We wish Algordanza Melbourne the very best!" said Rinaldo Willy, CEO & Founder of Algordanza. "Today, with the increasing change from traditional burial to cremation the memorial diamond is a beautiful way to celebrate life. You may choose to use the diamond as a jewellery piece to wear, displayed or safely secured either way it can remain in your family. Increasing real estate costs have made burial plots unaffordable to some families, this coupled with maintenance of a grave over many years and generations a diamond is an alternative to consider". said Troy Upfield, Founder and Principal of Chapter House.  "The Memorial Diamond is a unique way to say farewell to a beloved person; an everlasting heirloom passed down over generations.  We are looking forward to offering a unique service to families and working with Algordanza. With the renowned standards of the Swiss, we know Australian families will value the quality and craftsmanship of their diamond". said Liddy Upfield, COO Chapter House.  ENDS About Chapter House Funerals is a family owned and operated funeral director in Melbourne with offices at 400 High Street, Kew and Level 27, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne.  ‘Every life has a story to tell’ is a series of documentaries created by funeral directors Liddy and Troy Upfield. Chapter House does not feel like a traditional funeral home with intention. There are no coffins on display, and nothing to make a family feel that others have been here in their process of grieving and bereavement. Chapter House wanted it to feel like it is their client's space, a place that is safe and that nothing needs to be done in a hurry. Chapter House encourages the community to use their space in Kew for functions such as art exhibitions, information sessions or just to call in and have coffee and tell their story. chapterhouse.com.au  About Algordanza. We are dedicated to the infinite remembrance of your loved one. The highly complex creation process of a Memorial diamond is the outcome of our efforts to create something imperishable and equally personal. The idea to isolate carbon from human cremation ashes and create from this carbon a Memorial Diamond arose in 2003. The following year was filled with investigations on acceptance and technical feasibility. Since 2004, Algordanza has operated as a solid and steadily growing company. We are represented in over 33 countries today. Today you can choose your preferred carbon source for your personal ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond. Our company is a member of the Swiss Association of Funeral Services and commits voluntarily to the standards and ethics of the Swiss, German and Austrian funeral homes. Additionally, we are Member of the European Federation of Funeral Services (EFFS) and the World Organization of Funeral Operatives (FIAT-IFTA). Sales Manager - Liddy Upfield liddy@algordanza.com  For more information, hi-res imagery please contact Troy Upfield troyupfield@chapterhouse.com.au or 03 9855 0155 Algordanza, Melbourne Australia  400 High Street, Kew VIC 3101 www.algordanza.com.au melbourne@algordanza.com WHO IS YOUR LOCAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR - CHAPTER 1 2018-05-11T00:43:45Z who-is-you-local-funeral-director William was born in Brisbane, Queensland and moved to Melbourne with his family in 1954. Leaving Croydon High School to join the Royal Australian Navy as a radar plotter teaching skills such as respect, discipline, organisation and attention to detail that William still carries today.  William also served in the Australian Federal Police Force before a long-standing career in the motor industry, as general sales manager of brands such as Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Ferrari and Bentley.  Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally chose the semi-retired William as his driver for when he was in Victoria and other official Commonwealth functions. A highlight was 2014 G20 in Brisbane when William was the Prime Ministers driver and was part of the cavalcade of vehicles including President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin. In recent years William was formally trained by Allison Monkhouse funeral directors as a hearse driver and funeral directors assistant. William is now the lead hearse driver for Chapter House and is also a partner in the business. WHO IS YOUR LOCAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR - CHAPTER 2 2018-05-10T22:23:42Z who-is-your-local-funeral-director-chapter-2-1 Steve was born in Melbourne Australia, and from an early age he took to the garden, learning from his parents, a passion he still follows today. His other great love is the study and keeping of native Australian fish assisting various scientific studies with trips to the far north of Australia.  Some of Steve's earliest memories are road trips to visit his grandparents in Perth, the long journeys across the Nullarbor Plain with his father driving the family with countless hours of singing and banter with his brother along the mostly dirt highway.  An active memory Steve still holds close to his heart today is the loss of his baby sister. Steve only remembers his mother being absent for an extended period of time. The support in these years was not as it is today and discussion and bereavement was encouraged to be internal and silent. Chapter House refers all parents to SANDS, who provide support, information and education to anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. Tragically both Steve's parents died when he had just become a young father himself. Steve holds strong to ensure he creates memorable experiences with his two beautiful children and wife Michelle as he only knows too well life can be taken away in a tragedy at any time.  Steve is one of the few funeral directors with over a decade of cemetery experience, trained by the Springvale Botanical Cemetery. Chapter House offers Steve's knowledge of the complexity of cemetery procedures and costs to families. Chapter House provides unique concierge services for families when choosing a final resting place for their loved one.  Steve is always up for a chat about gardening, fish keeping or just life, so call into Chapter House anytime to met Steve Summers your local funeral director and partner of Chapter House Funerals.    FUNERAL DIRECTOR'S, IT'S A FAMILY BUSINESS. 2018-04-20T03:02:39Z funeral-director-s-it-s-a-family-business Media RELEASE  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 20 APRIL 2018 Funeral Directors, it’s a family business.  Troy Upfield and Liddy Upfield considered career changes that would make a difference to the community for a long time before Troy embarked on a new career in the funeral industry.  After 23 years with investment bank Goldman Sachs, Troy gained experience as a funeral directors assistant and hearse driver and fell in love with an industry that has lacked honest care and compassion for a long time.  Troy realised he, along with his family members could make a huge difference to the funeral industry. Chapter House was created to offer bespoke funeral services, direct cremations, memorial services alongside traditional funerals.  Chapter House has a modern look and feel and creates a boutique atmosphere at Head office in Kew, Melbourne. Liddy’s career background was in small business management and human resources. Liddy’s sister Elyse Knight has also joined Chapter House bringing with her a wealth of experience in customer service and people care. William Upfield, Troy’s father brings years of experience in the funeral industry. His sister Tara Upfield is currently completing her Certificate IV in Celebrancy.   Chapter House is involved with many community organisations such as Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre, SANDS Australia, SOLVE Disability Solutions and The Compassionate Friends, and also a major sponsor of the Power House Amateur Football Club. Liddy, Elyse and Tara are passionate about children, with eleven children between them they understand family values and the importance of community. This is pivotal to Chapter House’s vision and goals to engage and be active in our local and broader communities. Chapter House has the first Infant Hearse in Australia and specialises in caring for parents and families after an infant or young person has died. Liddy said   “our Novella service provides supportive guidance to families in need of funeral arrangements every step of the way. Most funeral directors look after the funeral service and families are left to talk to the cemetery about a final resting place.  Chapter House offers parents a full concierge service, whether it be driving with a family to a cemetery to make arrangements before the funeral, to specialised bereavement counselling if required.”  Chapter House is very modern in its look, in comparison to other funeral homes in the industry, however, prides itself on going back to old school funeral directing service for families.   Troy said     “Chapter House does not feel like a traditional funeral home with intention. We use digital displays to offer families their options, rather than the typical ‘coffin room’ which can be confronting and overwhelming.  Our space is warm, inviting, classic with a modern edge, a place that is safe and not hurried. “  Liddy said     “My message is to slow down. If you need time, you should be provided with options that allow this. Allow your funeral director to lead you, not control you through a difficult time.” Many years ago, the funeral director was always identified by their name in the community. He or she was a  person of trust and part of a family business you could rely on when needed. Corporate takeovers of the local family funeral homes had all but destroyed the local community's funeral director. Over the last decade, InvoCare, Australia's largest provider of funeral services and crematoriums, has taken over many family-owned funeral homes, this has led to years of community engagement, trust and integrity being purchased for corporate gain.  We didn't see it coming as most never think about funeral service, let alone the provider unless a loved one has passed. The amalgamation of small funeral homes took the industry away from the community while we went about our daily lives. Troy said “Like you would know your local GP, you should at least know of your local funeral director; a good funeral director should make themselves known in their community by supporting such things as local events and sporting teams”. Chapter House is privately owned and currently has arranging offices at 400 High Street, Kew and Level 27, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne. Future arranging offices are planned across Melbourne. All Chapter House offices are and will be operated by partners of Chapter House Funerals Pty Ltd. END For more information, please contact: Troy Upfield - troyupfield@chapterhouse.com.au 03 9855 0155 / 0427 749 294 Liddy Upfield - liddyupfield@chapterhouse.com.au  03 9855 0155 / 0400 575 276 About: Chapter House Funerals is a family owned and operated funeral director in Melbourne with offices at 400 High Street, Kew and Level 27, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne.     WORLD WAR II POW TALKS ABOUT HIS 100 YEARS OF LIFE in short documentary. 2018-04-16T05:29:43Z world-war-ii-pow-talks-about-his-100-years-of-life-in-short-documentary Jack Bell, an Australian airman and World War II POW will be 101 this year tells his life story. Jack was born on the 20th of December 1917, the same day the second referendum for conscription was defeated for World War I. 23 years later Jack enlisted to serve in the Second World War with the Australian Air Force in 1939. Jack’s plane was shot down over Libya, and for the next three years, Jack was a prisoner of war in Germany. Recently Chapter House interviewed Jack to talk about his first 100 years, from his first kiss to being shot down over Libya to discussing his life in today's world. Chapter House is proud to release the Jack Bell documentary of this remarkable man, a great Australian. Video link - trailer  https://vimeo.com/259101893  2 minutes 7 seconds Video link - full documentary https://vimeo.com/264579766 16 minutes and 35 seconds Ends  For more information, please contact: Troy Upfield - troyupfield@chapterhouse.com.au  03 9855 0155 / 0427 749 294 About: Chapter House Funerals is a family owned and operated funeral director in Melbourne with offices at 400 High Street, Kew and Level 27, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne.  ‘Every life has a story to tell’ is a series of documentaries created by funeral directors Liddy and Troy Upfield. Chapter House does not feel like a traditional funeral home with intention. There are no coffins on display, and nothing to make a family feel that others have been here in their process of grieving and bereavement. Chapter House wanted it to feel like it is their client's space, a place that is safe and that nothing needs to be done in a hurry. Chapter House encourages the community to use their space in Kew for functions such as art exhibitions, information sessions or just to call in and have coffee and tell their story. chapterhouse.com.au  Photos: available in high res upon request.