Testimonials

Below are some of the very humbling testimonials I have received so far:-
“Richard could not have done anymore to ensure the experience of arranging a funeral was as painless as possible, and his efforts made for a smooth running service on the day, which was praised by all who attended. He delivered everything I wanted and more.” – Oct 20
“Richard was absolutely outstanding, he made the whole service about my mum. EVERYONE at the service commented on Richards ability to portray mums life.” – July 20
“Richard showed empathy to myself and my family. He included everyone and gave each person time to reflect on their own religious beliefs during the ceremony. The service conducted with positivity, humour (where appropriate) and even sadness where needed. After all there needs to be a balance in all things in this life and also death. Richard was very good at picking the important things from what must have been upset people who didn’t always say what they meant. Well done Richard you are a credit to what you do and for such a wonderful service please feel proud of yourself. Thank you from the whole family” – Sept 20
“My father wanted a Humanist ceremony as he was not a religious man at all. He was quite anti-religion and felt that relying on faith was to abdicate his responsibility to himself, his family and his community. Having attended many religious funerals he wanted a much more personal tribute and choosing a humanist ceremony meant that he could meet the celebrant before and therefore have control over what was said and how things were done. He was absolutely right and Richard lived up to and exceeded his expectations. Richard obviously spent a lot of time and energy in getting to know my father whilst he was still with us and this showed in the Tribute he wrote. Richard captured the essence of my dad so well that I can’t imagine a better send off. Richard listened to my dad’s very definite wishes and ensured that all aspects of the funeral were carried out following my dad\’s directions. The whole ceremony was perfect and I am so pleased that we chose Richard to do this final tribute to my wonderful father. Richard spent a lot of time ensuring that all my dad’s wishes were exactly right and even arrived early to ensure that he knew the timings for the music and to be able make it exactly right. Words can’t express my gratitude. Thank you Richard.” – Sept 20
“Richard’s delivery of my mother’s life, her loves and interests was wonderful – he was sincere, relaxed yet respectful. He made eye contact with individual members of the family when referring to experiences that linked them and he smiled and laughed with us. He made a difficult time memorable.” – June 20
“Richard and the funeral company were absolutely perfect. What a lovely chap Richard is and a pleasure to have him as our celebrant. It was just perfect. Thanks to you all from me and my family.” – Aug 20
“Thank you for all the effort put into my mother’s service. Richard was very professional and friendly putting us at ease on the day. My sister and I were overwhelmed on the day but Richard led the way and helped us before and after. Very friendly and approachable. Thank you.” – Aug 20
“Richard made what might have been a pretty grim event a positive experience. The tone he set was ideal” – July 20
“Fantastic man to talk to, calm, funny when needed, really helpful in getting me through a difficult time. From beginning to end remained very professional and friendly. Couldn\’t have asked for a better person.” – July 20
“I was very happy with the way Richard prepared for and handled the ceremony. I had been dreading it, and he made it a positive experience” – May 20
“Richard paid great Homage to Mum. Came across very pleasant and upbeat about everything Mum had done. Made everyone feel part of our Mum’s life. A job very well done under COVID virus lockdown” – May 20
“Richard was very professional and conveyed my mother very well, the service was excellent and a very fitting tribute to my mum, he also spent a lot of time with the family collecting all the information about mums life, Richard spent time talking to the family after the service, a really nice bloke, and the France family would like to thank him for all his hard work’ – May 20
“Absolutely outstanding service from start to finish Richard Spedding made a very difficult situation bearable for us” – May 20
“Richard did an amazing service, and despite the sadness of the occasion, it was a lovely goodbye and testament to the life of my wonderful husband. Richard captured the essence of Neil and put all the family at ease in difficult times. Thank you.” – May 20
“Due to restrictions resulting from coronavirus the ceremony was shortened and we were unable to do everything we wished to. We were very happy with the ceremony we were able to have. Richard was great at enabling us to achieve as much as we could in the time that we had and we felt happy that the ceremony celebrated my brothers life. We liked his warm friendly personality and felt that he was doing his best to ensure that the ceremony lived up to our expectations.” – May 20
“We held a zoom meeting before due to the lockdown with all the immediate family where Richard went through everything that would happen on the day. He listened to us all and put us all at ease. When meeting him on the day it was like we had met him before. He read everything like he had known my mum. He made everything so personal. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Many thanks to Richard” – May 20
“The service was very personal. Richard took a lot of time and trouble beforehand talking to us on the phone, by zoom and contact by email as well as on the day and put everyone at their ease. He was very easy to talk to, quick to reply to any queries no matter what, and everyone said how well he had put together the tribute for my husband and how appropriate it was.” – April 20.
“Richard was amazing, especially in the current climate and that half my family is in New Zealand at the moment.” – April 20
“Richard really took his time to gather the right information so the day went smoothly and without any hitch. He also liaised with the funeral director regarding things like the order of service so I didn’t have to worry about it myself.” – April 20
“Richard put together a lovely service for us. He was always contactable to answer our questions. Thank you, Richard” – April 20
“I was delighted with the way it was conducted, from start to finish.” – April 20
“Richard was simply wonderful and delivered a ceremony that far exceeded our expectations. His work to gather information was sensitive and thorough. How he translated this information into a tribute script was excellently executed. His delivery of the tribute was so personal, touching, uplifting, professional and kind. He made us all feel a sense of pride to have known the person we had lost, which helped so much with the sadness that we all felt. Richard was attentive and respectful, very easy to communicate with and offered the right balance between gentle humour and empathy. We feel so lucky to have had him involved in the service for our loved one. Many thanks Richard.” – Mar 20
“We are all immensely grateful to Richard for his sensitivity and support at this difficult time. Richard was attentive throughout and delivered a wonderful eulogy for our beloved Kath.” – March 20
“Lovely service with nicely composed tribute, just what my mum would have wanted.” – Feb 20
“All those who attended found it a positive and relevant ceremony.” – Feb 20
“Very relaxed and welcoming. Sensitive with humour”. – Feb 20
“I felt Richard listened to every little detail the family and friend told him. Beautiful memory to share with family and friends. we had comments it was the best funeral they had ever been to Thankyou Richard” – Feb 20
“Richard was simply wonderful and delivered a ceremony that far exceeded our expectations. His work to gather information was sensitive and thorough. How he translated this information into a tribute script was excellently executed.  His delivery of the tribute was so personal, touching, uplifting, professional and kind.  He made us all feel a sense of pride to have known the person we had lost, which helped so much with the sadness that we all felt.  Richard was attentive and respectful, very easy to communicate with and offered the right balance between gentle humour and empathy. We feel so lucky to have had him involved in the service for our loved one.
Many thanks Richard.” – Mar 20
“Richard Spedding was so amazing from the moment we met him, he guided us through . We couldn’t have got through the day without him. His empathy and passion shone through and he made us feel totally at ease throughout the funeral.” – Jan 20
“Richard was fabulous and conveyed our thoughts of Dad perfectly!” – Jan 20.
“Superb planning and delivery. Richard was very kind, supportive and helpful.” – Jan 20.
“Richard Spedding was truly superb and hit the right note” – Jan 20.
“Highly professional, sympathetic and punctual.” – Dec 20.
“I wanted to say a massive thank you to Richard for making our day so special I will recommend him to all my friend’s very professional great sense of humour x” – vow renewal Oct 19.
“I wanted to say a massive thank you to Richard for making our day so special I will recommend him to all my friend’s very professional great sense of humour x” – vow renewal Oct 19.
“We wanted to celebrate my father’s life and to share his wonderful memories and stories with our family and friends, my father was not religious, he lived his life to the full and loved his life and we wanted a more personal service that captured the very essence and spirit of him. Richard was recommended by the Funeral Director and he connected with our family in a professional and positive way from the beginning, he put us at ease, was very person-centred and inclusive in his whole approach – we cannot thank him enough for his wonderful presentation of the agreed script on the day. It was everything we wanted to achieve as a family and we are very proud to say that we gave our father the best ‘send-off’ that we could and celebrated his life as passionately as we wanted to and with dignity, respect and compassion” – funeral Oct 19
“Every single person who attended my husband’s funeral today said to me what a fantastic send-off David has, I cannot thank Richard enough , he was fully communicative throughout the whole experience and made the ceremony feel as though David had not even passed , this was a real celebration of his life , it bought laughter, tears and relaxation, Thankyou so much” – funeral Oct 19
“Richard took time to try and get to know my brother through talking to the family and struck exactly the right balance with his words.” – funeral Oct 19
“This was a very sad day obviously, but the work carried out by Richard made a lovely memory for us all. The amount of time and care he took to get the details that reflected the spirit of my mum was perfect Thank you Richard” – funeral Oct 19.
“I was dreading this day as Dad was my rock. Richard made his funeral special and a celebration of his life. Thank you so much a very sad but special day with laughter and Dads personality. Richard was just the right guy for this Dad would have been impressed.” – funeral Oct 19
“Good morning Richard. I would just like to express the overwhelming response from everyone I spoke to of how you conducted ?’s funeral yesterday. “It was the best funeral I have been to,” said by one friend, sums it up. Your encouragement to those who took part and your contribution from ?’s family were a perfect combination of tribute and humour that I know ? would have wanted. Well done.” – Oct 19
“Richard conducted the ceremony beautifully, helping to ensure it captured my father’s personality, and was kind, friendly and approachable throughout which really helped us all at this difficult time. Thanks Richard”. – Sept 19
“Richard made a difficult process much easier with his focus on my mum and who she was. It made it joyful not sad.” – funeral July 19
“Richard exceeded our expectations and made my Dads service a true celebration of his life. We felt Richard took away all the pressures of arranging my fathers funeral. My whole family are very grateful.” – funeral July 19
“The celebrant took the time to speak to and include comments from all family members which was important to us. He guided us through the process and ceremony with consummate ease, making us all feel safe and in good hands. I cannot thank him enough.” – Funeral July 19
“Richard made a difficult process much easier with his focus on my mum and who she was. It made it joyful not sad”. Funeral July 19
“Richard was excellent and caring from the first phone call to the end of the ceremony.” – funeral June 19
“Richard was fantastic. He spent time with me a week before the funeral and we chatted about mum and her life story. He then sent me his script to read before the funeral. On the day he was caring and compassionate. He met the family and made sure we were OK. Everyone who attended mum’s funeral commented on how lovely and fitting the celebration was”. Funeral May 19
“I had some amazing comments from people who attended. “Most beautiful service”. “Service was so appropriate and a real celebration of the deceased’s life” “Best ever funeral we’ve attended”. “So uplifting” – Funeral May 19
“Richard’s approach was friendly and sincere. He managed the family dynamics well and provided a lovely personalised service that was exactly right for circumstances”. – funeral May 19
“Richard did an outstanding job in conducting my father’s funeral. His tribute to the life and character of my father captured his uniqueness perfectly. It was also delivered in exactly the right manner. It was a true celebration of his life and a fitting send-off.” – Funeral May 19
“Richard performed my brother’s funeral outstandingly. It has been a very difficult time. My brother died very young and we have quite a dysfunctional family but he handled it with extreme professionalism and provided us with laughter through a very upsetting period and gave us peace of mind. I performed a eulogy at my brothers service and Richard supported me through the whole period, and I don’t think I could of done it without him, even during the service he supported me when I became quite upset. He was extremely friendly, and I wouldn’t of thought about having a humanist ceremony before now but would definitely have it again, he has even changed my opinion on how I would have a wedding ceremony. He felt like a member of the family towards the end, and feels a shame we had to meet under such circumstances. Please know that Richard was 10/10 and our family can’t thank him enough and will be eternally grateful for his support”. – funeral April 19.
“Richards friendly but professional attitude, helped to make our celebration relaxed and was perfect. We wanted to include a Hand Tying ceremony which Richard performed and included our four grandchildren . Richard met with us a couple of times prior to renewing our vows, which helped us get to know him and visa versa. Everyone who attended said it was very special and thought Richard was lovely. Thank you Richard.” – vow renewal April 19

“The day was perfect from start to finish, and  the ceremony was lovely thank you. Thank you, the script and presentation is perfect we will treasure it and all the lovely sentiment within it” – funeral April 19.

“Beautiful service everybody commented.” – funeral March 19
“From start to finish I found Richard very easy to talk to. We chatted at length about my brother and his tribute was very fitting with just the right balance of humour. On the day of the funeral he kept me calm and helped me to get through the service. Thank you so much.” – funeral Feb 19
“Awesome, I just wish my wife was there to witness her celebration, fabulous!” – funeral Feb 19
“The spoken words were given with a hint of humour but full of sincerity as though he was known to my mother, she would have approved” – funeral Jan 19
“Richard was absolutely fantastic from first contact to the service. Went above and beyond our expectations and would highly recommend” – funeral Jan 19.
“Richard made the whole experience easy, comfortable and a delight for all who attended the funeral of my husband. He ensured my family and I were totally happy with everything beforehand and I would recommend his services to anyone without hesitation.” – Dec 18
“Richard led a beautiful celebration of my dear wife’s life. He took great care and time to learn about Michele from me and her sisters. He was utterly supportive as we planned the service and a great strength to me during it. The service was delivered beautifully and Richard’s tribute/remarks were perfectly judged. I shall be forever in Richard’s debt for enabling the service Michele planned and conducting it so well.” – Dec 18
“Very well conducted with warmth and humour and friendliness.” – Nov 19
“Richard spent a lot of time with us getting to know us and gathering information about our brother who had died. He was very kind and very respectful. Richard is a wonderful person” – funeral Nov 18.
“Very friendly, approachable man who seemed to put his heart and soul into all aspects of his duties. We as a family fully appreciate Richards time and effort he took to fulfil our service needs. Many thanks to him”. – Oct 18
“Richard was amazing and made everything easier than expected, he really was a breath of fresh air and I can’t thank him enough for what he did”. – Oct 18
“A well balanced and well delivered funeral service done very professionally by Mr Richard Spedding, enjoyed and appreciated by all the family and friends” – Aug 18
“Richard was very personal with my family and I. He paid attention to small details to make the day special and successful.” – Aug 18
“All the family were very happy with the content of the service and with Richard.” – Aug 18
“We felt the time Richard put into trying to understand our Dad was fantastic and he provided a fitting service which the whole family couldn’t fault. Excellent work!” – July 18
“Richard did an absolutely brilliant Tribute for my husband Ken. I would recommend the service he gave to anyone”. – July 18
“Richard came to see the family to make himself familiar with Josh and his life, which made the ceremony personal”. – July 18
“Richard put me and my sons at ease from our first meeting. He made the day so much easier as he guided us all through it. The service was perfect, a true celebration of my husbands life . All of the comments made to us after were so complimentary.” – July 18
“I just want say how brilliant Richard was, it was a beautiful cremation. Everybody said what a lovely gentleman Richard is.” – July 18
“Richard provided a very professional and touching service. Many commented on how warming they felt the proceedings unfolded.” – July 18
Richard was professional and approachable and listened to and conducted the service to our wishes. We as a family were very grateful to him for helping us put into words what our mum meant to us, can’t praise him enough. – June 18
Really pleased by how long Richard spent with our family, getting to know about Dad, it made the funeral a real reflection of who Dad was. Attendees were blown away by how much they recognised Dad’s character from how Richard spoke about him. Richard went the extra mile and I am extraordinarily grateful to him for his kindness. – June 18
He conducted the service with a calm assurance. It was dignified, at times light-hearted which lightened the mood and made it a celebration of Doug’s life, not his death. Prior to the service, we had two meetings, so he could get a real feel of the man, likes, dislikes, character, life and loves. Then translated it into a beautiful service. We would thoroughly recommend using Richard for there service, or just have a chat if unsure about a Humanist ceremony. – June 18
Richard really did a fantastic job in the send-off for my mother. From the moment we met him it was a pleasure. He carefully pieced together my mum’s service and brought smiles to each and everyone on the day. Couldn’t thank him enough – May 18
Richard was amazing, he was the perfect person to conduct my husband’s funeral, he had so much in common with us and ‘got’ us straight away. He was a great comfort in a time of deep sadness and sorrow, and I really appreciated the friendly, helpful face on the day of the funeral. It was a beautiful service. The tribute had all the emotions, from tears to laughter. It captured my husband’s character perfectly. Thank you – May 18
Excellent reading of my dad’s life, it was uplifting and thought-provoking. There were parts that made me and others smile, and times when we cried. Even my mum who has dementia was smiling and seemed to understand in parts so for that Richard l thank you. – May 18
Richard made the process easier, you can tell from the second you meet him that he has a passion for working with people. He is definitely in the right job!! – April 18
Richard is a very warm and caring man, and his presentation of the ceremony was beautiful. All our family and friends were uplifted by his words – April 18
Richard was amazing, he did a lovely reading about my mum. He was thorough and efficient and injected the right amount of humour and compassion. – April 18
“Thank you, Richard,  for a wonderful service. My dad would have really got on with you. You really took on board everything we chatted about when you came over making it a memorable experience reminiscing about my dad and all the fun memories we had. The service was a real celebration of my dad’s life exactly what he wanted. Thank you for your time and effort and your kind words. X” – April 18
Richard was fantastic at conducting my Dad’s funeral. He was understanding and compassionate during all elements of the funeral and made my whole family feel completely at ease. The ceremony was everything we could have wanted and would have been loved by my Dad. We can’t thank him enough! – March 18
We could not have wished for a better, more appropriate celebrant than Richard to conduct my father’s funeral. He really listened to who my Dad was and got a good sense of him across at the funeral. It was really person-centred and appropriate to the life he lived. – March 18
Richard handled a sensitive set of family circumstances in an excellent way. – March 18
Richard worked very well with both myself and my sister’s husband in order to get to know and understand about Nichola as best he could. In particular, he spent time and effort working with me to ensure the ceremony also met my requirements. All in all, I’m very happy. – March 18
Richard provided an excellent service, and the attention to detail was brilliant – having spent 3 hours talking about my wife Nichola with myself and her sister it became a positive experience for something that was so sad. The whole experience from our initial meeting and post service was a pleasure which was re-enforced by all the positive feedback we got from those that attended on the day. – March 18
Richard was brilliant. He was lovely to deal with, professional, pleasant & compassionate. He was very prompt to communicate with & answer any questions. He made sure all the details of our service were organised. I highly recommend him. He organised a lovely service for my Father at short notice as I was from overseas & due to return home & couldn’t have been more helpful. – Feb 18
I was thoroughly impressed by Richards compassion and sensitivity. Especially with my son who had been having a hard time of it all Richard was wonderful and they found they had a lot in common which put him at ease. Many people at the service were also impressed and asked for his name. – Feb 18
The ceremony was all we could have wished for. Richard was most professional, kind and attentive. We would not hesitate to use him again. or recommend to others. – Jan 18
I was very pleased with the ceremony, it was a lovely service. Well done Richard. – Dec 18