What People Say about Me

Comments sent to me about ceremonies I have conducted:

When the families and the friends write to me after the ceremonies, it is very special. It informs me that I have managed to create the ceremony they hoped for, for the person they loved. I am really grateful to everyone who has taken the trouble to tell me these things.

All have been copied here with the permission of those who sent them directly to me, or have been sent to Humanists UK using the feedback form. Where there is an ellipsis within parentheses (…), I have removed a name from the text.

 

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Fountain Pen and Letter

“Thank you very much, Mark.
You did a lovely job, Dad had a really nice send off.” (July 2022)

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“… I realise that the service was perfect because of you. … thank you for everything – the effort you put into the service, taking the time to get to know us, your compassion, making us aware of [the funeral directors] and your professionalism. It has uplifted me at a difficult time.” (January 2022)

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“Thank you Mark, I thought it was an excellent service, very comforting and straightforward. [Dad] would have enjoyed it, I’m sure.” (Anne HB – November 2021)

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“It was a lovely ceremony, exactly what my husband wanted as he planned it with the celebrant.” (October 2021)

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“At this sad time, Mark listened, was sympathetic and professional on his visit. At the ceremony he was clear and defined and did exactly what I wanted for my wife’s service. Thank you Mark.” (September 2021)

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“I wanted to say thank you again for today. Me and my sister (…) thought it was a beautifully worded tribute and it made the day uplifting and positive.” (June 2021)

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“Mark did his research thoroughly, finding things out about (…) that I was not aware of. Extremely well presented. THANK YOU.” (March 2021)

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“It was very personal, relevant and touching. It was a true celebration of my mother and her life. Excellent. Considered. Lovely.” (March 2021)

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“My first experience of a humanist ceremony and I was impressed.” (March 2021)

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“Thanks for an amazing job yesterday, it was a perfect ending for a perfect woman. From all in attendance yesterday a massive thank you.” (March 2021)

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“Most of all, thank you so much for such a lovely service for my mum. It was excellent and very true and touching. I really appreciated it so much and have had time to read it. All I can say is thank you but it is heartfelt” (March 2021)

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“We’ve had feedback from people both there in person and watching the live-stream. A friend who lives in France was especially impressed and said it was the most personal and one of the truest to the person funerals she has ever attended and loved the bit where you said about it not mattering whether you have religious faith or not – everyone is included.” (December 2020)

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“It was really really nice and I am so glad that I got to work with you on the content. To meet you on the day and for you to do the service for me and for (…) was an honour and a privilege.  Everyone I spoke to all said it was the most fitting of send off for (…) and he would have approved. For each and everyone that came I know the service and the words spoken at some point they were touched individually as a moment in time by what was was said and the facemasks helped hide the tears.” (December 2020)

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“I want to personally THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for what you did for (…) on Tuesday, it was absolutely perfect in every way and, whilst I had absolute trust and confidence in what you would do and say on Tuesday and, as I and seen the order of service and knew what you would say and when, the actual ceremony was perfect, your pace of words, your compassion and your personality stood out and shone like a beacon.” (December 2020)

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“We all remarked that it was just what he would have wanted, unstuffy yet thoughtful and reflective. I know that this is your ‘job’ as such, but this ‘job’ carries a great deal of responsibility. Please know that you definitely delivered!” (October 2020)

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“The service was wonderful and everyone commented on how personal it was to my dad. We all thank you Mark” (September 2020)

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“We couldn’t have wished for more and it was a fitting tribute to my Dad.” (September 2020)

“Hi Mark, On behalf of the family I would like to thank you for the wonderful service you gave for our

Sparkling Petal - Mark Taylor

Petal sparkling in the sunshine – Mark Taylor

mother. It was so lovely, light and informal, just how our mom would have wanted it. Many thanks, (…)” (June 2020)

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“Thank you for all you did for us. We thought the ceremony was absolutely spot on and have had numerous people saying very positive things.” (February 2020)

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“We have received many complimentary remarks and expressions of enjoyment from those who attended (…)’s funeral, which referred to your handling of the ceremony and I pass that on to you with my own thanks and appreciation.” (February 2020)

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Ask me for advice or assistance

I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about ceremonies or arrangements – even if you do not want me to take a ceremony, I will be pleased to help and advise. I don’t mind what you want to ask me about – I have been asked some strange and interesting questions over the years and I always do my best to answer them. Please contact me by telephone or email.

Mobile: 07779 187384

Home: 01543 264602

email: mark.taylor@humanistceremonies.org.uk

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