"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."
Some of the kind words I have received.
'Colin, What is there to say but an enormous thank you for yesterday. It was a fitting goodbye to my parents. Your support and guidance all the way through the organisation of funeral and the actual day itself was so comforting. Several of the mourners said it was one of the best services they had been to.
I was so utterly proud of my girls standing up and paying tribute to their grandparents - thank you for your support and encouragement with them.
Thanks again for all your help.'
'Thank you Colin. You put together your words and ours perfectly at the ceremony and we can't thank you enough for providing a tasteful and respectful service.'
'Just wanted to thank you for pulling together Dads Order of Service yesterday. Although it was a sad day for us all, you made it special.
Considering the limited information I provided, you managed to polish it into a fine tribute to Dad. I know Mum was very pleased.
The well-chosen message in your Closing Words would align with Dads own take on life, to move on and take with us only the positive things. A poignant reminder for what has been a difficult past few weeks. Thanks again.'
'My thanks, and the thanks of all the family, to you for conducting such a lovely service for my father in law. Even though it was short (due to current restrictions), I think his memory was suitably honoured. We have had lovely feedback from those that were watching the live streaming.
Once again our thanks for making a sad day memorable in all the right ways.'
'I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for everything you did for us yesterday. The Service was really beautiful, and all your thoughtful little touches really added to it. I was so impressed with the way the time just flowed and didn’t feel rushed, at all. We were very fortunate to have you.
Many thanks from all of us.'
'What a truly marvelous Celebrant you were for us; professional, skilled and discreet. And in choosing to use the poem you captured Dad’s love & belief in the land perfectly. We have had so many people say how the entire service was a true reflection of Dad, in no small way that was due to your guidance and contribution.'
'I had to write to say a big thank you for today and for the professional way in which you conducted the service. You helped to turn it into an emotional, beautiful and meaningful service, for which we are all grateful. None of us will ever forget it.
It has been a privilege to meet you.'
'It was so nice to meet you and everyone said what a fantastic job you did for us , my dad would have been so pleased the way you conducted his funeral.
Again thanks for your kindness at what was a very emotional time.'
'Thank you so much for officiating at my dad's funeral. It was a beautiful service said with compassion. We could not have asked for more. Thank you for making a difficult time a little easier.'
'Just wanted to thank you for your help and support at my mothers funeral last week. It certainly helped the family to send her off in a very respectful and fitting manor.
Thank you for your professionalism and for your support both before and during the service.'
'I just wanted to say a big thank you for J and P’s funeral service.
I’m so glad we were allowed to have a funeral.
It made such a difference having you take the service. You did a great job.'
'I just wanted to thank you once again for yesterday.
It was such a lovely service, despite the current situation.
We all felt it was a fitting send off for B and everything you said was perfect.
L has especially taken lots of comfort from your closing words.
We can’t thank you enough.'
'I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for all you did for me and my family at my husbands funeral.
Not only were you were very clear when delivering your speeches but you came across as a very caring man which is what is needed.'
'Thank you for all your support and a meaningful sincere service for my mum.
This has helped us and we now have happy memories which will stay with us forever.'
'I just wanted to say a huge thank you for guiding us through my father’s funeral. You put together a lovely service which everybody commented on. They all mentioned what a great job you did.'
'I wanted to write and say a huge thank you for your wonderful ceremony yesterday for my Mum. Apart from the lack of family and friends there, the words, the music, the emotion was everything I wanted for her. Thank you for your support both in the preparation for and in the ceremony itself. Your guidance helped me to focus immensely, I found it comforting too.
Thank you once again, you made a difficult day easier.'
'I just wanted to send a heartfelt thank you for your gentle advice and direction in planning Mums funeral yesterday. It went beautifully and felt intensely special and emotional with just the closest family there. Your personal sensitivity to us and the specific day we wanted was perfectly tuned to what we wanted for the day and honestly it couldn’t have been better.'
'Thank you for your comfort, advice and making sure that everything run absolutely smoothly.'
'I really appreciate your attentive support and kind words; you got me through it.'
'Thank you for the lovely service on Monday Colin, it was just as we wanted given the current restrictions.'
'Thank you very much for an uplifting service. A couple of people who watched the service remotely said how nice they thought your words were.'
'I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for supporting us through the process of arranging Mum's funeral. You were kind, helpful and always accessible. We are all very grateful and appreciative of the role you played in getting her a good send off.'
'I would just like to thank you for officiating at R’s funeral. We couldn’t have been happier with the arrangements you made.'
'I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for making a very difficult occasion one to remember with a smile. You were fantastic and that means such a lot. Take care of yourself and keep doing what you do so so very well.'
'Just wanted to thank you on behalf of my wife & myself for a moving service today at Woking Crematorium, we found the closing words especially poignant to the moment.'
'I just wanted to write and thank you so much for conducting R’s funeral last Thursday. Despite the stringent restrictions, we felt that R would have really liked the occasion.'
'Thank you so much for the way you conducted my Dad's funeral. I was so pleased with it and although, because of the difficult circumstances it was shortened, you made it dignified and I thought Dad would be very pleased with the whole ceremony.'
'Naturally, it would not have come together without your compassionate input prior to the service, and indeed we all appreciated your delivery of very comforting words during the service.'
'The words and the eulogy that you put together were perfect and portrayed mum in exactly the right way and in a really thoughtful way. When you came to our house you really showed that you cared and you wanted to do Mum justice and you did just that.'
'Thank you very much for doing a great job in leading J's funeral service yesterday at Randall's Park.
I received many compliments on how nice the service was and how well you ran the service.'
'I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and support last week in the planning and the actual service for my mum.'
'I wanted to send you a personal note of sincere thanks, not just for your service yesterday but also for the huge amount of time you gave E and I when we first met and for accommodating our wishes and changes regarding L’s celebration. It was a delight to meet you.'
'We wanted to thank you so much for the lovely service today. So many people commented on how you pitched it perfectly.'
'With regards to the service itself, everything was exactly as we had hoped for. You did my wife, our family, L’s colleagues and your profession proud. You enabled me to have some perfect memories of L’s farewell which will be treasured always and for that you have a special place in my and my family’s heart now too.'
'It was of course a sad day but you are so professional and compassionate and we really appreciated it. We could not have asked for anything more and mum would have been proud. It was a really lovely service even though it was a very sad occasion.'
'Thank you so much for leading the service in such a friendly and professional manner yesterday. People commented on how warm and personal we had made it. Your experience shone through and we all greatly appreciated it.'
'Words cannot express my gratitude for getting it completely ‘right’. Without fail everyone afterwards commented on the incredible service and many assumed you were a close friend as you knew her so well – I can think of no greater compliment'.
'Thank you very much for a really lovely service everyone commented how good it was especially dad who really liked the eulogy'.
'I would just like to say a big Thank you so much for being the Celebrant at my dads funeral. You made the Service so memorial and a lovely farewell to my dad. I will be highly recommending you to others. It was a pleasure to meet you and have your support at such a sad time in my life'.
'There are people who come in one’s life very briefly and make a huge impression, I will never forget what you did for me and S'.
'The service was absolutely perfect and fully encapsulated who she was and our life together'.
'The Eulogy was a marvelous uplifting tribute. Thank you for listening so well to what we said, putting that into wonderful words and delivering it so well'.
'You certainly made the hardest day of my life so much better than I could have hoped for. We followed it up with an amazing afternoon with everyone raising a glass and plenty of laughter. You certainly set the perfect tone for that!
'Thank you so much for the wonderful service for my Mum. It was so moving and I'll never forget the lovely words you said'.
'I would just like to thank you for the wonderful Service that you prepared for E’s funeral. It hit just the right note and everybody left saying what an excellent service it was'.
'We just wanted to say a big thank you for a lovely service for M yesterday. While it was a sad day you helped make it a memorable occasion and one that celebrated M’s life and what he meant to us all'.
'A big thank you for being the Celebrant at my Dad's funeral. You made the service so memorable and gave a lovely farewell to Dad. I will be recommending you to others. Thank you also for your support at such a sad time'.
'The Eulogy you prepared following our meeting was absolutely marvelous and it was so nice hearing the congregation have a chuckle at some of the memories so well put by you'.
'Everyone afterwards has said how very touching and emotional the service was, as well as emphasise that it had warmth and good feelings from the way you spoke'.
'Thank you so much for your contribution to S's funeral yesterday. Everyone commented that the eulogy was a perfect reflection of her life and the whole ceremony was conducted beautifully'.
'Thank you for the beautiful service you gave my Mum. Everyone commented on it. It's hard enough to say goodbye but you eased the pain'.
'I am so grateful for how you made his day a precious unforgettable memorable day'.
'Thank you for your support when you read my letter aloud to Dad. I wrote it from my heart and you conveyed it perfectly'.
'Just to thank you for your support in putting together a lovely celebration of Mum's life and your thoughtful words this morning, it really felt as though we were able to celebrate the good times. It really was a perfect good bye for mum'.
'The service was absolutely perfect and fully encapsulated who S was and our life together'.
'I am so grateful for your suggestions and for delivering a touching, personal service for my Dad'.
'Today although incredibly hard, you made it the best it could be. We are so grateful it was you who took the service. Many of our friends and family were touched and commented on how well you seemed to know her and that's a huge credit to the amount of time you spent with us and the time you took to listen to what she was like. Thank you for all your hard work. You have an incredibly hard job and how you do it we will never know'.
'I would just like to say a big Thank you so much for being the Celebrant at my dads funeral. You made the Service so memorial and a lovely farewell to my Dad. I will be highly recommending you to others. It was a pleasure to meet you and have your support at such a sad time in my life'.
'Thank you for the passionate beautiful service which everybody said was the best they’ve ever seen'.
'I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for the great service you gave.
Many compliments were received at the funeral saying what a lovely service it was.
Some said without religion (Note: no religion was required by the client), they were unsure how that would work but were very impressed. Thank you for all your hard work'.
'Just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks again for so gracefully and eloquently presiding over Dad’s send off. The transcript of the service was especially appreciated'.
'Thank you for your support in putting together a lovely celebration of Mum's life and your thoughtful words'.
'Thank you for all the time and effort you put into conducting C's funeral. Everything flowed effortlessly and you orchestrated it perfectly'.
'Mum has had many people call this week to say how special the service was, and expressing great compliments about you... I have a good feeling you may have some future clients amongst them'.
'Thank you for lovely service that you conducted for us on Friday. It captured Mother perfectly'.
'You captured him wonderfully and many people were touched with the memories they left with'.
'We just wanted to thank you for the fantastic funeral you conducted yesterday. Every word of the service was perfectly written or read and for that we are very grateful.'
'A huge thank you from all of us for making the service so memorable and thank you also for taking the trouble to produce the order of service'.
'Your consideration, kindness and experience was so very helpful when we were planning the service and all of the guests said that Dad would have been very pleased with his send off'.
'We had so many people complimenting us on the funeral and asking how we came across you!
You are definitely passionate about your job and it shows'.
'We are so happy that we were able to give her a good send off and for that we thank you'.
'The service was everything we wanted, you spoke so genuinely about him with great respect, it was a lovely service and there were some really nice touches. You were kindness itself'.
'Thank you from the family for your service yesterday. It went without a hitch and your contribution was very much appreciated. You pitched the service just right for us'.
'My wife and I were impressed with the Service you presented. It was professional, kind and although sad had a hint of joyful as well'.
'Thank you so much for last Thursday- you truly are an amazing person your words meant so much to us all and I know my dad would have said the same'.
'You conducted the service beautifully and you read the words of the Eulogy perfectly'.
'Thank you again for helping us to give him such a special send off. He was such a special person to me and it was so important that we did him proud. It will be a day I remember for the rest of my life'.
'I was thrilled this morning to find your folder with the whole of the Order of Service in. This will be a special keepsake and know that I will find comfort when reading it in the future'.
'Thank you for the service today. It was very sensitively and professionally put together and delivered'
'Thank you so much for the part you played yesterday at the funeral. It was so reassuring for us all to have you up there in front so much in control of what was going on'.
'Thank you so much for your support yesterday. We are so pleased that The Funeral Director recommended you to us'.
'Thank you for conducting the service in such a sincere and sympathetic way'.
'I just want to thank you so much for the service. It couldn’t have gone smoother and I couldn’t have asked for a better Celebrant'.
'It was a difficult brief, but you pitched it beautifully and it was a very fitting farewell'
'The whole service was just what I wanted and all the people who attended were bowled over by the personal nature of the occasion. They all felt that we had given dad a good send off'.
'We really appreciate all the hard work you put into preparing and conducting the Service'.
'Thank you so much for the beautiful words you said about my Husband'.
'Just a short note to say thank you for the wonderful service for my Dad. I feel we gave him a good send off. I have lots of positive feedback. If you ever need a reference then please get in touch'.
'I just wanted to say thank you so much, on behalf of all the family, for conducting Dad's service so beautifully on Friday. The eulogy hit exactly the right note and really reflected Dad's personality and how loved he was by all. Many of the congregation thought that you had known him which is a great compliment to you, as that is exactly what we had hoped for'.
'I am so glad that I was able to stand at your side whilst you read the Eulogy and appreciated your comfort and support when I stood up'.
'I am writing on behalf of the whole family to say thank you for the lovely Service you conducted for Dad'.
'Thank You for your support over the preceding week or so. My wife and I would also like to say that we felt that you conducted the service with dignity and sincerity which reflected his life and personality.'
'Thank you very much for the lovely Order of Service you gave me following my Husbands Service. It will always be a reminder of the happy way we said goodbye to him'.
'I thought the way you conducted the meeting was lovely and made an otherwise difficult situation very easy for the family to deal with'.
'I just wanted to thank you so much for all your help. Everyone said how lovely the service was, and I was so pleased it went so well. I think he would have loved it. God Bless you'
'We appreciated the time you gave us in advance of the funeral as that advice was invaluable'
'Although we were sad when we went in, everyone came out smiling and this vibe carried on at the Wake'.
'You made a very difficult time easier to bear by being so kind and patient when you met Mum and I, and through your professionalism in conducting the funeral'.
We just wanted to thank you for conducting mums service. The family felt that you had captured mum perfectly and we were so pleased and moved by the content.