What Bereaved Families Say

thank you cards on tableWhat Bereaved Families Say

“Thank you very much for everything you have done to make my Nan’s funeral go hassle free. All her friends and family have said it was a lovely service and that is all thanks to you, as I didn’t give you much to go on, so thank you.” S. Forest of Dean

“Christina my family and I would like to thank you for conducting the service yesterday and the excellent way in which you did this.  We could not fault the way you led us through the ceremony. We were all pleased that it went as well as we could have hoped.” A. Birmingham

“We would like to thank you so much for the service on Monday.It was lovely. You made something that was so hard bearable. You have the gift of making people feel welcome and included.I know Mum would have agreed.” K. Sherbourne


“Dear Christina – thank you so much for leading us through Mum’s ceremony on Wednesday – your approach was just right for us and we all found the space and environment to say and sing and think about her. We were very fortunate to have you with us”. R. Newnham on Severn

“Christina, we would all like to thank you for making yesterday a memorable day for us. It was never going to be easy but the way you conducted the service was wonderful. You have a very special talent.” J. Moreton in Marsh

“Thank you the lovely service which you conducted for my late father. It was so well carried out by you. It was a great comfort to my family. Thank you so very much.” G. Forest of Dean 

“I want to thank you again for conducting the funeral for my mother with such grace and dignity. Your words were perfect and S. and I and all the family felt the service could not have been better.  You have a very special gift.” C. Bristol

“I wanted to write and thank you for doing such a wonderful job of helping us say farewell to our Dad on Monday afternoon. Your beautiful, final words at the committal – the images of earth and mountains and sky – have stayed in my mind ever since you spoke them, and I have found it so comforting to think that we’ve let him go beyond us into so much beauty. Thank you with all my heart”, M. Lydney

“My family and I want to say “Thank You” for the beautiful ceremony you conducted at W’s Funeral at Quenington Cemetery on Friday.  It was such a very personal and deeply moving tribute and farewell, and said everything we feel and wanted to say. All our family and friends have commented on how it portrayed W so well.” I Quenington

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for all your support, help and advice in preparing and delivering M’s Ceremony. We were all struggling with the speed M’s health deteriorated and her passing. The wait to the funeral date seemed like an eternity. However you made yesterday such a personal and heartfelt ceremony that we are able to feel much more at ease with the events of the past month and about starting to pick up the pieces to enable us to carry on.” B. Bourton-on-the-Water 

“Thank  you so much for officiating at Mum’s funeral. You made the preparation of one of life’s most emotional events really easy. Your attention to detail was brilliant and provided a compassionate shoulder to lean on, whilst providing a very professional yet personal service. The tone and content of your part of the service was just right to reflect the character that Mum will always be.” I. Wotton-Under-Edge

“Thank you so much for the lovely service you did for mum on Thursday. I was so impressed with the way you did everything and how genuine you made it all feel. I was also very grateful that both you, the organist and all the other staff/helpers managed to get there on such an awful day. I hope you all returned home safely and relatively easily. Thank you again.” A. QueningtonMy thanks to you for putting together and conducting the ceremony for R. L and I couldn’t have been happier (not sure that is the correct word) at the way our farewell to R was delivered and indeed the comments and compliments from everyone attending on a “beautiful, tasteful, dignified and very Richard” service were comforting to hear. Again, thank you for your understanding of our needs and your intuition in getting it just right for us.” M. Forest of Dean

“Thank you so much for helping me to put together such a lovely service for S last Thursday. It did just what I wanted it to do – celebrate a very full life – sadly cut short. I have received nothing but praise and so many people have said ‘That’s what I want when I die!'” J. Bourton-on -the-Water

“I am sorry that I did not get a chance to say goodbye and thank you after my Dad`s funeral today. Countless people came up to me at the wake and said that the service was really wonderful and moving. This was down to your efforts and could not have happened without your guidance and fronting of the service. For this I will always be grateful.” S. Salisbury

“I am writing to thank you for the service you gave for Mum. Just perfect. We’ll be going forward into the New Year, feeling stronger with all the love and support boosting us over the last few weeks. We’ll keep Mum’s best memories close to us; thanks for reminding me how the good bits are worth holding on to and the other stuff is dealt and done with.” S. Wotton-Under-Edge

“Thank you very much for conducting the service yesterday for my mum. Everybody really appreciated your calmness and sincerity and thought the tribute was at the right tone Simon and I  really appreciate your help at really difficult time for us.” L, Winterbourne

“I am so pleased that you conducted Dad’s funeral service. Weren’t we lucky to have been pointed in your direction. It was a beautiful service which captured Dad and his life perfectly. It was a perfect balance of respect and ceremony but had that personal, comfortable feeling that I so wanted to achieve and  you delivered so beautifully.” S, Colchester

“Just a short note to thank you for what was for me a fitting ceremony for G. Everyone I spoke to said it was just right for her. I have ever cried over a poem before but the one you suggested was ideal. Once again thank you.” M. Cinderford

“Thank you so much for conducting the farewell for D in such a loving and sympathetic way. Despite the sadness, many of those who were there have commented on how moving and dignified the ceremony was. Thank you for making what was the most difficult and upsetting of times a day for us to treasure.” B, Forest of Dean

“Many thanks for that an apologies for not catching up with you are after the service.  I would like to say a very big thank you on behalf of the family for an excellent service delivered with sincerity, empathy and compassion. Mum would have loved the way you delivered the service.” L, Cardiff

“This is just a quick thank you for all you did to help our ceremony on Wednesday go so smoothly. You’ve no doubt performed a number of other ceremonies since then, but you had the ability to make us feel as if V’s was the only one. You gave us all the time we needed. Everyone felt that you pitched the eulogy perfectly, and the three of us who met you before felt enormously grateful for your guidance. Very many thanks.” C, Lydney

“I am writing to thank you for your part in my husband’s funeral service. It was a very moving occasion, and we appreciated the way in which you brought it all together at the end. My family and I thought that it was a very fine tribute to him, and it was generally thought to be so for family and friends.” P, Stroud

I just wanted to say a big thank you from ‘the family’ for the lovely way in which you delivered the service, as well as to pass on some very complimentary comments from others who said the same: very professional, measured and with the right tone, which really set the scene for the ‘atmosphere’ we wanted the service to have.” A. London

!On behalf of our family I would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to you for arranging and conducting a wonderful ceremony for D. On these occasions one only gets one chance to get it right and it was truly just what we and D would have wanted. We have had many unprompted compliments saying not just how well the content was structured and captured D, but also how well it was delivered: “the celebrant was so sympathetic in her tone and she read D’s life story so well.”. So from T, P and myself, thank you for making what is the most difficult and upsetting of times a day for us to cherish.” S. Forest of Dean

“How can I possibly thank you enough for the caring and empathic way in which you conducted T’s funeral service? You caught the essence of the man he was in such a kind and loving way. So many of the people who came remarked on the beauty and simplicity of the service. I really don’t think anyone else could have done it better.” Y. Gloucester

“I would like to thank you for the beautiful service; the eulogy was perfect and very fitting for Mum.  All of the family and guests commented on how lovely the words were and I’m sincerely grateful for all your help in putting the eulogy together to give Mum the “send off” she so rightly deserved.” A. Forest of Dean

“I cannot thank you enough for all your kindness and help with A’s funeral, but particularly in the way you conducted the service with such love and sympathy, as if you had known A all her life. It was a great comfort to us” S, Wiveliscombe

“Just a small note to say a big ‘thank you’ for taking a wonderful farewell ceremony for G. So many people have said what a moving and lovely ceremony it was.” L, Huntley

“Just a line to say thank you for the lovely service you conducted for B.  You managed to tread that very fine line between coolness and familiarity very well.  Everyone I spoke to was very impressed with the job you did.  You made sense of our ramblings beforehand and put our thoughts and memories together in a very coherent and pleasant way.  I’m sure B would have been very pleased with his send-off.”, P. Monmouthshire

You did a truly wonderful job yesterday at P’s farewell.  Despite the circumstances, we found the service was so warm and friendly and your delivery of the proceedings and the tribute to P was quite exceptional.  Many people have since remarked on what a lovely service it was.” S, Upton-St-Leonards

“Just a quick message to thank you very much for Mum’s excellent tribute service yesterday at Westerleigh. It was  a touching and truly fitting affair and the feedback from all the attendees was excellent. We would not have any hesitation in recommending your services to anyone who would need expert care and guidance at their most difficult time. Keep up the good work.” J. Yate

I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful service you provided today. It was very much my Mum and everyone at the service commented on how lovely it was so thank you again”, J. Coleford 

“On behalf of the family I would like to say thank you for the kindness and compassion you showed to us on our very sad loss of Uncle D. Also a bit thank you for the service. You did all we asked and a lot of people said how well you gave it” K. Monmouth

“I am sending this to let you know I had two phone calls the same day as the funeral, and they were both very complimentary. It was just as I wished and I’m sure ‘I’ would have approved also.    So thank you very much for making it all so much easier for me.” B. New Zealand

“Thank you so much for the very sensitive and empathetic way you led the service for our aunt on 1st November at Cheltenham Crematorium. Thank you for your sensibility and your gentle voice. Everyone felt it had all been beautifully orchestrated, thanks to you”, G. Moreton-in-Marsh

“Thank you for leading the memorial service for P. Thank you for your sensitive approach to producing a service which we felt represented the family’s feelings. We were very pleased with how it went”, B. North Nibley

“We were both so grateful for all that you did to help us to plan and provide what we think was an appropriate and (oddly) happy memorial for Mum.  We appreciated what a skilled and sensitive task this is and how beautifully you performed it right from our first meeting.   You smoothed our path at every stage and helped us to do just what we wanted at this difficult time when we did not know quite how to achieve it.” B. Llandrindod Wells

“Thank you so very much for your sensitive and beautiful presentation of my Dad’s service last Thursday. I shall never forget the day and will remember it with a mixture of love and grief, but mostly of love. The way you wove all the elements together was just so lovely, and your own presence is so gentle and kind, just perfect when emotions are raw. I was not expecting the folder containing the entire service beautifully presented – that was a really lovely surprise, thank you.” A. Monmouth

“Thank you so much for your help with Mum’s thanksgiving on Saturday- it was a beautiful occasion, and I think she would have loved it. These things are such a complicated mix of emotions, and I really appreciated your warm, calm presence on a difficult day.” R. Surrey

“Thank you so much for the wonderful, caring service you gave Mum. You helped us feel she had the ‘send off’ we wanted and she would have liked! We appreciate you including the naughty bits of Mum’s life, adding the humour she had, into such a sad day. Your dedication to your profession is admirable and we will be eternally grateful.” J & L, Parkend

“It is almost a year since my husband D died and I realise I didn’t thank you properly after you conducted his funeral.  I really did appreciate the kindness you showed when you visited me at home before the funeral.  I also felt you listened to what I wanted the service to be and carried out my wishes perfectly on the day, enabling the service to be a celebration of D’s life.”, E. Forest of Dean

“The family and myself were very pleased with the service you arranged and delivered for C yesterday. You said it with kindness and sincerity which meant a lot to us all” D, Forest of Dean

“This is just a short note to thank you for all your help on a very difficult day. Many people commented on your presentation and how they enjoyed it. It was most professional but, at the same time, very personal. Should you ever need a recommendation you certainly have mine and my family agree with me!” M. Stroud

“Just to say thank you so much for your warmth and understanding during the preparation of B’s ceremony. It was a beautiful mooment, despite the sadness, shich you managed so gracefully”, G. Monmouth

“A note to thank you for the dignified and sensitive way in which you conducted yesterday’s ceremony.  We are all very grateful to you.” D. London

“Can’t thank you enough for Dad’s service. Several people said how well it went and how lovely it was. I’m sure Dad would have been very pleased. Many thanks for listening to what Dad wanted” M. Monmouth

“Thank you for the bound Order of Service received recently, it is a lovely touch.  May we also thank you for the wonderful way in which you conducted Mum’s service, which we felt went off splendidly.  In particular we were enormously impressed with the way you captured Mum in the tribute, a fantastic job.” D. Cheltenham

” I just wanted to thank you for conducting my mother’s funeral on Wednesday. People commented on how sincere and interested you seemed throughout and how professional you were. It all made a difficult day that much easier”, C. Horsley

“Thank you for a beautiful loving service. Dad would have loved it. Everyone said what a lovely service it was B ‘to a t’.”, C. Matson

“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for a lovely service for A. Your words were beautiful and very appropriate, and I think we gave him a great send-off.” S. Stinchcombe

“Thanks you so much for helping make C’s ceremony so personal and fitting”, S. Stroud

“Just a quick email to say thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you gave my mum. My brother and I thought you were amazing and I know my mum would have been happy too.”, T. Newent

“On behalf of the family thank you so much for your lovely tribute to N. It was perfect. You made it so much easier for us at this sad time”, S. Stroud

“I cannot thank you enough for the celebration of G’s life today…..he would have loved it”, J. Berkeley

“We would all like to thank you for the ceremony for M last week at the Forest of Dean crematorium. Arriving there, not really knowing what to expect, it was very welcoming to see you waiting for us. Similarly, having a blank canvas given we did not want a religious ceremony, your help and suggestions as to how to structure the ceremony were invaluable in putting together a ceremony that reflected all the family’s wishes. It is still early days for us all, but we would just like to say again how grateful we are to you for guiding us through this first part of our bereavement journey.”, S. Monmouth

“We cannot thank you enough for your help and guidance  producing the tribute and conducting the farewell ceremonty, which will live with us well into the future”, P, Northleach

“We would like to thank you for being so compassionate and caring during what was a difficult time for us. The service you led for our precious daughter P was everything we had hoped for and perfect in every way. Your thoughtfulness in giving us the keepsakes from the service meant a lot to us”, P & A, Coleford

“Thank you so much for the fantastic job you did yesterday.  Quite a few of our guests were astounded to hear that you didn’t, in fact, know B!  I think that is testament to how good you are at what you do.  From the moment we met you, we felt that you were the right celebrant for us, and for B.  You listened to our stories, and you really seemed to ‘get’ her.  Your first draft hit all the right notes, I’m pretty sure that any alterations were of facts/dates etc., rather than the general feel of the presentation.
Thank you for pulling everything together so well, and for doing such a good job of the delivery – we had comments about how warm and comforting your voice was, as well as the words themselves.  You did a sterling job, and took it in your stride when one of the guests decided to sing!”, D & A, Painswick

“We just want to say Thank you for a lovely service Yesterday. We had lots of comments about how R would have liked it, and how it was just right. We couldn’t have done it without you”, K & R, Alveston

“I would like to thank you for taking the service yesterday and for all your helpful and friendly advice.  It was a great comfort knowing you were in the background ready to take over if anything should go wrong. We all felt that it was a simple and peaceful service,  that everyone felt part of in some way. I feel now that she is in peace at last after struggling to stay for so long.”, P. Gloucester

“We simply had to write and say a huge thank you for the sympathetic and dignified grace that you gave to E’s funeral. The care and concern that you had given to the very last detail was clear for all to see and hear. Your kind welcome, your calm and composure gave us the inner resolve to play our parts as E would have wanted. Thank you” N, Cheltenham

“I would like to thank you for a wonderful service yesterday, we appreciate your thoughtful words and gentle guidance, we will look back on the service with a feeling of peace, knowing that we have said  goodbye to J as he would have wished us to.”, S, Coleford

“Your reading of T’s tribute yesterday was superb and I cannot thank you enough for making it really really special. It had been a difficult few days and I was slightly worried about how it would all go ahead smoothly and professionally. You somehow made his personality come to life and that I think takes great skill…….so a BIG thank you from me and ALL the family…” S, Stroud

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for the lovely service you carried out for Dad yesterday. Everyone thought that it was so personal to him and you created a lovely, warm, calm atmosphere.  We all felt that Dad had a perfect and very personal send off thanks to everyone involved. Thank you so much once again on behalf of all of the family”. S, Gloucester

“Many thanks for all that you did before and during P’s Celebration of Life.  In the circumstances, short of P actually being there I do not think it could have gone any better.  It would not have gone as well without your suggestions or ability to oversee the ceremony & to generally hold us all together.”, D. Nailsworth

“We just wanted to thank you for the way in which you conducted the service to celebrate E’s life. You were so calm and thoughtful in your demeanour, we immediately had confidence in what was to follow, and somehow felt a calmness in ourselves.” A & G, Swansea

“On behalf of my sisters and our families I’d like to thank you very much indeed for ‘overseeing’ my mother’s funeral yesterday.  From the moment I met you in Stroud I knew that Tim Slade had pointed us in the direction to just the sort of person we were looking for, even though at that time we didn’t know who that “sort of person” should be!   Your welcome was just right at the start of the service and your warmth and smiles came across during the whole ceremony made us feel relaxed and reassured.  It was really helpful to know that the service was in the hands of a true professional.  We thank you very much indeed for a job well done”. A, Blunsdon

“Thank you so much  for leading Mum’s funeral yesterday, it was just as I think she would have wanted it to be. We all felt very proud of Mum,  and our children and the great grandchildren who were able to come. We have had some very positive feedback already from various cousins who came.” S, Fairford

“We just wanted to say thank you again for the lovely service you lead at my father’s funeral on the 5th December”. A, Stonehouse

“Thank you for sending copies of Mum’s ceremony.  They are so nicely set out.  I am sending copies to my Auntie Mary in Edinburgh and to Mum’s friend in Canada.  I’m sure that because of the way you laid out the whole service, including words of hymns and prayers, they will feel they have really been part of the ceremony.” P. Gloucester

“I just wanted to thank you for your help with the service on Friday, I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance that day, it was all too much to take in. It was a lovely service and I thank you for your help.” N. Swindon


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