Testimonials

Dear Richard
I wanted to contact you as soon as I could to thank you for the absolutely magnificent ceremony held for ******. I thought it was simply perfect – timing, content, tone and links all were just right and , dare I say, I really enjoyed it,  as did my boys. The comments at the tea party afterwards were wonderful – many people telling me it had been one of the most moving and personal funerals they had been too. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us – we are very grateful to you.  (Funeral  2016)

I just wanted to email you to let you know what a truly lovely service you conducted today.  Very positive comments throughout this afternoon. Very true to ******* and he would have been very pleased. So refreshing to have a humanist ceremony, as opposed to a church service, speaking honestly and openly about the person without any religious connotation.  Very professional but with a very personal touch.  Well done. (Funeral  2016)

With regard to the funeral itself, I personally thought it was a lovely service – an extremely well-presented and fitting Humanist celebration of ***** life: thank you very much for everything you did to make it so appropriate for him. (Funeral  2016)

Richard Hackett was outstanding. The ceremony was perfect – we had wanted live music and many speakers and everything flowed so well. It was a wonderful ceremony – Richard weaved the stories and the music together perfectly and had such a wonderful manner. We received many comments from attendees that it was the most personal and moving ceremony they had attended.(Funeral  2016)

Hello Richard
I would once again like to thank you for the service yesterday. So many people said how lovely it was and typically ****. His brother said it was the right way to say goodbye, and that he was so glad he came. (Memorial 2016)

Richard gave us a brilliant experience. Not many of our friends and family knew what to expect of a naming ceremony but it surpassed all expectations. It was wonderful to be able to have such a special day for our daughter. Also having the flexibility to have the ceremony anywhere meant we could choose a place that was special to my wife and I and was also within our budget! (Naming  2016)

I was impressed by another humanist ceremony I attended. A religious ceremony would have been inappropriate. Our family members have different religions or none, so a humanist ceremony seemed the most appropriate. The sadness was tempered by focusing on all the many positive aspects of her long life. A very appropriate way to say goodbye. (Funeral  2016)

Richard is a true professional and a kind, pleasant caring soul. Delivery of the service could not have been bettered. Exactly what we wanted without really telling him. Highly recommend. (Funeral  2016)

Dear Richard
I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful way you conducted the celebration of life for **** yesterday. We were all touched and moved by it all. All the very best. (Funeral  2016)

Dear Richard
I cannot thank you enough for the lovely service celebrating my husband’s life. That day was rather blurred for me but the following day I was on my own and sat and read the whole service from start to end and it gave me great comfort. My family and I thank you. (Funeral  2016

From our first meeting with Richard Hackett we were impressed by his professionalism and courteousness. We would have no hesitation in recommending him as a celebrant. (Funeral  2017)

Richard was wonderful, he listened to what we wanted in our wedding day, was happy to alter and change things to suit our wishes. The service was designed around us. He even came and did 2 rehearsals because we had family in Scotland on first rehearsal. He was friendly yet professional and delivered the ceremony beautifully, all our guests commented on how wonderful the ceremony was. Highly recommend Richard to anyone.  (Wedding  2017)

Dear Richard

We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for performing our wedding ceremony on 16th August 2017. So many people commented on how personal and genuine the ceremony was, and how much they enjoyed it. It was a very special day for us, and you were a big part in making it a reality. Thank you for all your work, suggestions and patience. (Wedding  2017)

Dear Richard

Thank you so much for your patience and guidance and the way you conducted the celebration of C’s life. It is a great comfort to us that it reflected his humour, kindness and zest for life. 

Well prepared and well executed. We were very happy with the whole process. (Funeral  2018)

A religious ceremony would have been inappropriate. It meant we could have the ceremony where we wanted. Richard Hackett had not met my son who passed away, but listening to the family he understood and spoke about him with feeling. (Funeral  2018)

The funeral service was a wonderful celebration of my husband’s life and conducted with empathy. (Funeral  2018)

Thanks so much for being our celebrant for our son’s naming. It was such a meaningful ceremony and we had so many positive comments from family members who had never been to a humanist ceremony before. We all had a great day! (Naming  2018)

Thank you so much for yesterday’s service. It was everything  P*** and I wanted. It was so good to be surrounded by people, including yourself, who were well known to P*** and I. Everyone afterwards said how much you had captured the essence of P***. (Funeral, for a friend, 2018)

My sister and I wanted to thank you very much indeed for your contribution to our Aunt’s funeral. I thought the whole service was beautiful – the chapel was charming, the music was lovely, and indeed the poem came across really well, although I must say I found it more moving than I had anticipated. The main part of the service, however, was the eulogy, and thank you so much for enlarging on what you had been given, and for making it a fitting tribute to our aunt. I know how much work it all entails. (Funeral 2019)

I just wanted to say thank you.  Everyone commented on how it was such a personal funeral and lots of people talked of learning more about my dad. We came back to my mum’s and sat in the garden remembering him. It was a truly special day. Humanist funerals really are amazing and you did a brilliant job, so on behalf of my mum, sister and the rest of the family,  thank you so very much. (Funeral 2019)