Funerals Testimonials

 

I had dreaded the event of my mothers death, and funeral, all my life. On first meeting Sue I realised that she had the sensitivity, energy and emotional intelligence to bring ‘all the pieces’ together and, somehow, tell the the story of a wonderful but complex and, at times, paradoxical woman. She helped give me strength and kept, what at times seemed like an overwhelming project, on an even keel throughout all the emotion.  Sue gave structure and rhythm to the many disparate elements that go into a service and burial, and she helped create an event that was really a tribute to someone much loved by many. Truly grateful! Tom Russell

 

I just wanted to write to say thank you for the lovely service that you officiated for Dad’s funeral. The words and reflections hit just the right tone, fitting for our memories of him, and we were hugely grateful for the support you showed the family (especially those brave people who decided to speak!) during the service. A number of family and friends have also said how lovely it was, so I wanted to pass that on too. Lillie Pusey

 

I’ve been meaning to write to say that A very kindly showed me the very moving recording of the service for N – it was a privilege to watch it and I must say I shed a few tears. But I wanted to say how beautifully and how sensitively you led it. It cannot have been easy at all. Thank you again for all you did for A and the boys and for all the family in the preparation and on the day itself. Frances George

 

Many thanks indeed for all your help in guiding us through yesterday. I think we all felt it was a perfect ceremony for him and I’ve had several emails from the others saying what a lovely day it was. I know we all feel a mixture of relief and some closure today. Charmian Allwright

 

Thanks so much for acting as celebrant for us on Friday. A number of people told me how beautiful the service was and asked me to pass on their gratitude to you. You may have heard from the staff at Greenacres that while you were speaking, not only were there squirrels larking about behind you, but also a very colourful pheasant, which was wandering up and down. Having this lovely service has helped me to close one door on a very dark chapter. So I’d like to thank you again for your tribute. Richard Jakobek

 

With the further tragedy of the Covid delays for family and friends wanting to gather together to remember and mourn at the painful loss of our gorgeous Camilla in March 2020, we were heartened by the skilled and warm support of Sue with the presentations by family and Camilla’s school friends and the gathering of two generations of family and friends. Sue skilfully and compassionately gathered us in Lauderdale House and we were all touched by the walk to and ceremony at the tree close by, planted in Waterlow Park in memory of Camilla and her childhood and teenage years there. Thank you Sue for your compassion and skills. Camilla’s father Michael, mother Michelle, brothers Greg and Lucas, and niece Abi

 

You were outstanding. You hit absolutely the right note and pulled everything together to give a clear picture of Michelle which we all recognised. A good balance of honesty, understanding and appreciation, all delivered with kindness, consideration and gentleness. You created an atmosphere of thoughtfulness and calm which I’m sure everyone felt. You delivered exactly what I personally was so hoping for, a dignified and respectful tribute to Michelle which was not stiff and formal but caring and insightful. My heartfelt gratitude to you Sue.  JM

 

Having someone die in the midst of Covid when all the processes that help with grief have been taken away, Sue was a beacon of light. Not only was she comforting and professional but she made what could have been a cold, empty funeral warm and bright. What’s more, in helping to create the perfect farewell for my father, her words and the delivery of the service helped us all to be able to say goodbye and celebrate my father’s life in such a perfect way. 100% recommend her services. Anita Naik

 

Thank you so much, Sue. The funeral service was beautiful and we all felt safe in your hands. We received lots of messages from those who watched the webcast and all have said what a lovely, personal service it was, and one which truly reflected the real M as we knew him. JN

 

I want to thank you for all that you did. You were magnificent. You were sensitive, discreet and very organised and everyone agreed how wonderful the ceremony was.  John Hovington

 

We very much appreciated your help and support for the service. You spoke beautifully and from the heart, I am sure mum would have approved. Everyone said that the service was very fitting so thank you from all of us. P&K

 

Thank you so much Sue. The ceremony was really personal, fitting and perfect. DB