Sincere thanks to the families who have allowed me to share their feedback on this page
Everyone seems to have loved the service – R’s school friend H said he found it moving and celebratory in equal parts. The husband of one of our oldest friends from Woodhouse, who had never met R, said afterwards that he now felt like he knew him. It was just as we had hoped.
In no small part, it was down to you for reading our words exactly as we would have tried to do ourselves had we been able. Our relatives watching online were impressed – my oldest cousin in emailed straight afterwards saying it was a lovely service and my second cuz thought it came over very well on the webcast and that you have a nice, clear speaking voice.
Thanks also for helping direct people before the funeral. I know that a couple of R’s school friends appreciated being able to meet us when we arrived and to follow us in.
Very best wishes for the future – if we hear of anyone in need of a celebrant we will definitely recommend you.
“Thank you so much for everything. I feel like we gave D a fitting send off. I thought you did a wonderful job of leading the ceremony and holding the space. There was a lightness to the ceremony which I wasn’t expecting and I think you did an incredible job of weaving things together and ensuring everyone was included.”
We wanted to thank you for everything you did to make M’s funeral service run so smoothly. You captured the essence of M so well and everyone we spoke to said it was a beautiful and fitting tribute to M.
Thank you so much“
“I want to say that I have had unanimous feedback that the funeral service was excellent and a true dignified tribute to C. You were magnificent with the service script and the whole manner in which you celebrated her life. You gave me the confidence to read the poem dedicated to her. I will certainly be recommending you to others.
T, S, and I will be eternally grateful for what you have done. You made a very difficult day bearable and I know that C would have approved.
Many thanks, C H”
“Your kind words about our dad certainly made us feel proud and although the day was very emotional it was nice to regale in so many happy memories. Many of the guests also commented that your words, how you expressed and articulated them to us throughout the service really brought M’s personally to life and brought back many happy memories for them also. Thank you again.”
“Dear Christine, you are the first person on my list, who I must thank for all you have done for us. The ceremony was conducted entirely to our satisfaction. Everyone said what a beautiful service it had been and I was pleased with the way you read both what J had written and my ‘eulogy’, especially your reading of the sonnet so that it made sense, (not an easy thing to do). So once again, Christine, thank you very much for what you did.”
“Christine, I just want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support and compassion today. You made it so special for us and a day that we had dreaded, turned into a beautiful day to remember. Thank you again for everything; I hope we run into each other again soon. xxx”
“Christine, I would like to thank you for the way you conducted the service for T. It was just what we wanted and was appreciated by so many of the guests. Your enthusiasm and sensitivity helped make it a memorable occasion.”
“Thank you for the warm and personal ceremony you wrote for my Aunt M. You really captured her and everyone said how well you delivered the service. Even under such difficult circumstances and with so few people able to attend, I think we managed to give her the funeral that she deserved.”
“You created a superb ceremony. Beautifully written and perfectly fitting. The words flowed effortlessly and smoothly and our feelings were acknowledged in an intelligent and very sensitive way.
The inclusion of contingency plans in case J was unable to give her reading was very forward-thinking and greatly appreciated.
Your suggestions of quotes, readings and music were deeply moving, affecting and perfectly appropriate to S.
A really beautiful tribute.”
“You have a very nice way with words which brought a lightness and ease to a very difficult situation.
You managed to include the family members in the ceremony in such a lovely way, while still keeping the focus on S and it was lovely that you used the actual words we’d said during our meeting – it made it all so much more personal and we all felt properly included.
There was definitely some angry people at the funeral! You managed to acknowledge it and validate people’s feelings in a clever way – making it clear it was ok to feel the anger. You also suggested that while the desire to find someone to blame was natural, in reality there was no-one to actually blame for what happened. It was a sensitive way to deal with it and very settling for all of us who were concerned that people might lash out in their grief. Thank you. “
“What a beautifully written ceremony … all-round excellent and the keepsake script you gave us was beautifully presented. Thank you.
Your delivery of K’s funeral was so warm and dignified… you’re going to be an excellent funeral celebrant.”