I pride myself on being able to offer a completely personal service to each and every family. I have only ever worked in this role part-time to ensure that I can focus on one family at a time. Sometimes I have the privilege of meeting the person whose life we celebrate, though more often I am leaning about them through their family and friends. When after a ceremony people say “it’s as if you knew him/her“, I know I’ve got it right.
My work is most clearly represented through the feedback that people share with me.
Some of their words are included here:
“I was, for all the wrong and sad reasons, recently at a funeral for [family name] and witnessed you in ‘action’. I did not have the opportunity to congratulate you on the way you handled the service and I wanted to take the trouble to track you down to say I thought you were excellent and faultless in every aspect. On such a sad day, can I say you made it so very special, your delivery and touches not lost on us the audience. Real pleasure to witness a master at your craft. Long may you carry on making a very difficult event so much better.“
“You delivered [my husband’s] memorial beautifully and it was lovely to hear people laughing and enjoying the stories of [his] antics. While funerals are always sad occasions, the day became a celebration of [my husband], which is exactly what we wanted to achieve.”
“We would like to thank you so much for the tremendous job that you did on Tuesday. The service was perfect. Your calm but in control approach was much appreciated. Many friends commented on how good the ceremony was because of you. It was all done so beautifully and it couldn’t have been bettered.”
“I just wanted to thank you again for Dad’s funeral and especially for calmly and professionally reorganising it ‘live’ to cope with the unprecedented travel disasters so many of us experienced. That’s not easy, although I know Dad would definitely have seen the funny side of it all!”
“Mum would have loved her tribute, Louise! Friday was so important for us to get right, being the very last thing we could do for mum the events of the day were so important to us. Everyone loved the tribute and your delivery of our and other loved ones memories was perfect. So, thank you Louise, you helped us make a difficult day beautiful.”
“Thank you for doing your research into the small details and liaising with me that made all the difference. A very heartfelt and personal delivery.”
“Thank you so much for making the day so memorable for me, my family, and all our friends. The service has made a lasting impression on all those who attended especially those who have not experienced a Humanist service before. It was a true celebration of life, with all the highs and lows.”