“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments which take our breath away.”
Testimonials from Funerals which I have personally lead:
17th June 2016: “Paul – thank you for being a brilliant Celebrant for J. It really wasn’t a day I had been looking forward to, but your skill in crafting all the memories and stories we shared into a touching Ceremony made the saddest of days so much more bearable. Many people commented on the inclusiveness, and how it felt as though J was right there with us. He was your childhood school friend who you knew for over 40 years, yet you made us all feel safe and your opening words really spoke for (and embraced) the emotion and grief present among over 170 of his friends and family. People laughed and cried and were, as you saw, visibly moved throughout. What you did for J, his parents and myself today will always be remembered with such great affection. Again, thank you. G.”
3rd November 2017: “Paul, Just a little note to say thank you very much. As I said before, it’s very much appreciated. We know how hard you have worked to allow us to say such a tender farewell to our little one in such a short space of time. Once again, thank you for all of your help and effort. Love, L, N and F.”
13th November 2017: “Paul – you put together and held such a moving and beautiful Ceremony for R this afternoon. It all came together perfectly and we loved it! Thank you again.” S, P and all of R’s friends.
22nd November 2017: “We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the service you did for Dad today. It was wonderful and really fitting. I know a couple of people came to you straight after, asking if you knew P personally and his Grandson was also visibly moved by your loving tribute. Thanks, also, for your support of me that gave me the strength to carry my Dad in on the morning. We’ll never forget what you’ve done for us” Love, R, W, H, D and P’s grandchildren.
4th December 2017: “That was an absolutely beautiful service for E. Simple, loving and gentle – exactly how she would have wanted it and you captured her character perfectly. To be able to sense all of that from our brief meeting shows you have a real talent for your work. Thank you again. ” R & P.
21st December 2017: (From the Funeral Director) Paul, that was beautiful. Of all the services I have sat in on lately (and that’s a lot) I have never heard anything quite like your one at all. I was captivated. You did an amazing job for A’s family (and us). It was so heartfelt, and communicated with a genuine warmth and sincerity. Thank you so much.
21st December 2017: (From the Family) Just to say many thanks for conducting the funeral for A this week. So many people commented on your lovely service and it was one of the nicest funeral services we have ever attended, mostly due to your sensitivity and compassion. Wishing you the very best for 2018. A, C, G & C.
4th January 2018: Thank you for making G’s service so memorable for us – you lead really a beautiful service, and it went so smoothly. Even the weather brightened up as we’d asked him to make the sun shine for us. You were simply amazing. Love, K, G, R & C.
8th January 2018: Just a quick note to say thank you for today. Some people asked if you were a friend of the family; but everyone we spoke to said they felt it captured Dad really well, and didn’t feel as though someone was delivering a service ‘by the numbers’. It was so personal to him. Even the one little ‘fluff’ “Mr Jo Bangles, sorry Mr Bo Jangles” was so well timed it would have made Dad chuckle! You made us all smile there, just when we needed it. Thank you again, Love, A, J, W and S, and R, S, H and L.
10th January 2018: Thank you for a very moving Ceremony for J. Everyone who attended said it reflected J as they remembered her. The younger ones knew her as a gentle, quiet lady always ready for a laugh. You made it work perfectly for both generations. Thank you again for a lovely service, I will be forever grateful, T, P, S and I.
10th January 2018: Oh my – what a personal and intimate service! I know there were only 11 of us, but you made it feel like we were the only people in the world who mattered as we said our goodbyes to D today. Even the family who came up from Wales loved you to bits – and the venue. The sunset we could see over London as we left was beautiful – and really echoed with your own words during the committal. It was as if the sun knew. Love, B, H and J.
11th January 2018: Thank you, Paul. You’re an amazing man. You led a beautiful, spacious service for J. Thank you for all your support over the last 2 weeks, and for giving K and J the strength to deliver their own words. It meant so much to everyone. J,J, K and L.
12th January 2018: Paul: Thank you. You did E proud today in true East End style, and you had her to a ‘Tee’. Everyone was already speaking about how lovely the service was before we even left, and I have had telephone calls saying how lovely it was in the days since, too. I will never forget this day – it was perfect – and that’s all down to you and Jeremy. Thank you again. Love C, R & B.
16th January 2018: Paul – Just want to say a massive thank you for Dad’s service on Tuesday. It was perfect for both him and us. Everyone thinks you’re brilliant and such a lovely man. I have kept your card and will always recommend you if people need you, and I’ve kept your number just in case, if you don’t mind? Toasting Dad with a final ‘cheers’ as the curtains closed and we all took a tot from our hip flasks was the crowning glory! Thank you again. Love D, T, D and Family.
18th January 2018: That was so perfect Paul, we can’t thank you enough. Today was so hard saying farewell to our little one, but your empathy and compassion struck a note with us from the first time we meet you. Your Ceremony was perfectly planned & written, and communicated with that same emotion on the day, not just like someone was reading words on a page. How you managed it, we’ll never know, but everyone said you were amazing. Thank you again for making our hardest goodbye so special and perfect; just like T was to us. Love T & Y.
25th January 2018: Thank you, Paul. That was such a lovely service, and you had J to a tee. It was him all over. Love S & R.
26th January 2018: Paul, Thank you for everything you did to make sure S’s service went so well. From start to finish it was just perfect, the care you took from the time you met us was excellent. I know people always say ‘it was such a lovely service’ but it really was. A beautiful time filled with memories and love, and I know S would have approved. So many people asked about you. Thank you so much. It was exactly what I wanted – you made it all possible. Love, J, J, A, H & S.
30th January 2018: That was a brilliant service. Paul It was light-hearted, honest, tender and loving and will leave us with many beautiful memories of R. From everyone joining in the singing, to people spontaneously applauding those who spoke. Thank you for supporting C & L to give their own readings, too. What you wrote and delivered was a work of pure genius! Thank you. Love, B, R and all of R’s Grand/Great Grandchildren and friends.
5th February 2018: Paul – that was such a lovely service. All about Mum. You have left us with some lovely memories of that special time. and it really felt like all the time in the world was ours that morning at Forest Park. You’ve done so much to ease our pain – you made us feel safe. We would not have got through the day without your support and kindness. Love, J, P and B.
14th February 2018: Paul. Thank you so much for helping us to put together a beautiful service for G. You made a horrible time so much easier for us to deal with. you were kind and listened to our ideas, and understood what our needs were and the way we wanted everything to run. We can definitely say we gave G the perfect send-off. Thank you again, M, R & B.
14th February 2018: Thank you for leading J’s service. I know it was a complex funeral, and the timings were tricky but you held it together beautifully. The eulogy was spot-on – as if you had actually known her. Everyone commented after how much they enjoyed it (if you can say that for a funeral!) The photo’s and video tribute bought back so many lovely memories. Thank you also for your compassion and gentleness towards A, and understanding his own anxieties. I know he would have greatly appreciated that. Love S & A.
20th February 2018: Paul – thank you for everything – that was amazing. Especially the Dr. Who themed committal words as D was buried outside. How creative. You made it all about him, and the little chapel was packed with people who knew D from all walks of his life.
22nd February 2018: That was the most gentle and beautiful service I have ever been to, Paul. You listened to what we needed as a family and delivered the service in such a way so as to reflect S’s character, whilst also easing our worry abut taking children and grand children to their first funeral.
23rd February 2018: Paul – We just wanted to say a huge, heartfelt thank you for the lovely tributes you delivered for Dad. You made the day a very memorable one as it was the Celebration of Dad’s life we all wanted. Family and friends made so many lovely comments about the service. You bought the whole service together and gave the whole family your support. You also gave me the confidence to delivery my eulogy which mattered very much to me. Thank you so much again. Love, P, A & Family.
23rd February 2018: Your skill and professionalism shone through today, Paul. Your own passion for travelling could be felt in the delivery of our service for B, as she, too was a keen traveller. You amazed everyone on the day due to the unfortunate circumstances which unfolded. The only thing missing was your wings!
27th February 2018: What a lovely service you did for Mum, Paul. Thanks for listening so much and getting it spot on. We didn’t want a long service, and you achieved that without making us feel like it was rushed either – especially when people went to place flowers by her coffin. That felt timeless and leaves us with nothing but treasured memories of a lovely lady. Just as we wanted.
27th February 2018: Paul – what can we say. From the moment we met you, your guidance and support of us as a family has been dignified and unwavering; far beyond what we could have hoped for at this difficult time. You crafted and led the most tender and personal of ceremonies for Y. It was such a relief to have you and N, the Funeral Director. You are both exceptional, and your care and compassion are first rate. You made such a difficult and grief-filled time a lot easier for us to bare, and helped us to achieve the participation of everyone who attended on the day in helping them to say their farewells to Y. Thank you so much. Love, Y, B, S and J.
28th February 2018: Paul – we have been re-united after 24 years! How on earth could that have happened, except by chance? You made us feel at ease straight away and lifted a big weight from us both at a time when we were worried. We knew we could count on your professionalism and support from the word go. You put together and led an incredibly fitting tribute for Dad. It did him and his achievements justice, but, also, fully acknowledged our own personal loss. The way you spoke our personal words was filled with a sense of pride and the right emotion, which you picked up on when we first met. Thank you so much, and keep in touch. K & E.
2nd March 2018: Paul – You are amazing at what you do. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for the amazing send off you gave to both T and S. You did them both proud. You’re top rate and we would recommend you to everyone. Once again, thank you. Love, A, J and the whole family.
7th March 2018: What a brilliant service, Paul. You gave H the perfect send-off and spoke about him in a brilliant way. You bought all the stories we told you about him to life. But what got everyone was your beautiful act of taking one of the white roses for our little dog, Henry, and placing it on H’s coffin. Henry loved you when you visited us…but no one was expecting it and it just made everyone go ‘Ahhhhhhh’. Beautiful, and thoughtful. You’ve left us all with great memories of H perfect send-off. Thank you so much. Love C, R, M and H and families.
12th March 2018: Thank you so much for everything you did to make G’s funeral so beautiful and memorable for all of us today – and for the care you have taken of us since we first met you. I want to particularly thank you for being kind enough to allow D a few private minutes with his Nan after the service had ended. It absolutely meant the world to him that you did that. Everyone has said what a brilliant service it was from start to finish, so thank you again. Love, J, D and all of G’s family.
16th March 2018: I just wanted to thank you again for such a lovely service for P last Friday. Everyone said the same thing, and we honestly could not have asked for better. Love, V and family.
26th March 2018: Paul – Just Wow! You created and delivered an amazing and very special Ceremony for K today. It was absolutely brilliant – a whole hour of him which was spot on all the way through. People asked how long you’d know us…but we were honest and told them ‘about 4 hours!’ Seriously, everyone sung your praises straight after we exited, and we saw a lot of people go to you directly. We were so glad to see you come back to the wake for a proper chat with us all. Thank you, thank you for everything – and for your support of us as a family. You were totally brilliant! Love D, C, S, E and families.
26th March 2018: That was such a beautiful service, Paul. Thank you. You were sensitive and kind to us as a family and reflected exactly what we wanted in that sincere, yet simple service for L, who wasn’t a lover of too much fuss. It was perfect, and we couldn’t have asked for better. Love, J, C, A and S
26 March 2018: That was lovely, Paul. Beautifully poetic, and just how I imagined. You sensed all this without having even met us in person. We just wanted to say thank you. As you said, small services can sometimes be the most beautiful. Love, A & M
28th March 2018: Paul, just a short note to say thank you for the great job you did for us today. It was a very moving and fitting tribute to A. Everyone was touched by the warmth and sincerity with which you delivered your words. Please accept our sincere thanks for making such a difficult day so much easier to deal with. Love, C, D, M, J, J and A.
28th March 2018: Paul, thank you for making G’s funeral such a great success; we really gave him a great send-off!. Love, J, G, J and families.
4th April 2018: Thanks, Paul. We just wanted to say thank you very much for the wonderful service yesterday. Mum would have really enjoyed it. The whole family said it was the perfect send off – it could not have gone any better, and we did Mum proud. It was all put together so well – and so seamlessly – you judged the mood and tone of the day perfectly. I think that just goes to show how much hard work goes into planning and organising such an event – a professional always makes their job look easy! Love, S, C and families.
11th April 2018: Paul, we just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful service you did for S today. You were calm, but also so kind to us in waiting for J to arrive – and, as you saw, it meant absolutely the world to us. It was such a beautiful service, allowing us all to say a very special and heartfelt farewell to a lovely lady. Love, D, A, R and family.
13th April 2018: Paul – thank you for officiating at Dad’s service today. It was perfect. We wanted to thank you for your support and everything you have done for us over the past week or so. It could not have gone any better, and we were so pleased it was you who was recommended to us. We’ve also written to the Funeral Director to commend your services. With thanks, B, I and families.
23rd April 2018: Paul – we just wanted to say thank you for everything you did to make D’s funeral so moving and special We received nothing but compliments from everyone. Over 180 people attended his service at Chelmsford – an emotional, terrible day for everyone that none of us could have imagined, and we truly felt your own emotion too. But you held it together perfectly, and for that, we thank you. Thanks also for your support and kindness towards our family, our friends, and for your support to us as we delivered our own tributes to D on the day. Love, S, S, B, J,and L – and all of D’s friends.
26th April 2018: Thank you again for a lovely service, Paul. Everyone said what a calming, empathetic person you are. You made it so personal, and also the perfect day for Mum. We’ll never forget the beauty of today – and the gorgeous purple theme. Love, K, C and J.
1st May 2018: Paul – thank you for a beautiful service for Mum. It was so tender and heartfelt. A perfect send-off for her. Love, R & C.
1st May 2018: Paul – that was beautiful. We were not expecting such a well thought-out and heartfelt service for Dad. It blew us away. You took great care of everyone, both inside, and finally outside as we laid Dad to rest. It was truly beautiful. Thank you so much. Love, D, C and all of B’s family.
8th May 2018: Paul, thank you for a beautiful and gentle service for A. It was exactly what was needed. Even thought we didn’t have a lot of information, your little suggestions added a lot of meaning. We only get to do these things once. Thank you again.
9th May 2018: You were brilliant as usual Paul. It was lovely to see you again and have your help as we laid K’s ashes to rest. Your little service was absolutely perfect for that. We’ll never forget either this, or his brilliant funeral service. Lots of love, D, C, S, E, L and family.
10th May 2018: Paul, thank you! You captured D’s character so spot on, it was amazing. We laughed and cried through your brilliant service today. It has left us with a feeling of peace, knowing that we gave her the best send-off possible. Thank you again, P, T, D, S and families.
29th May 2018: Thank you, Paul for the beautiful service you did for our Mum, D, on Tuesday. You delivered it with warmth , calmness and sincerity. It seemed as though you had known our Mum all her life – it was a wonderful send off for a wonderful lady. So many people were complimentary about it. Thank you for all your support and understanding over the last few days. Love, M, L, R, M, G, P and families.
4th June 2018: Paul, that was truly fantastic! Dad would have loved your service. So many rounds of spontaneous applause, and the atmosphere he was so good at creating himself. A time when people remembered him with a smile (and often a laugh, too). Above all, it was communicated with warmth and sincerity, and you got it spot on! A huge ‘thank you’ comes from all of us. Love, C, M, S and families.
15th June 2018: Paul – thank you for a brilliant outdoor service today for A. It was so ‘her’. She loved nature and the outdoors and to do things ‘differently’ so even when the ducks waddled through the ceremony whilst you were conducting just made it even better. Thank you for everything, you’ve been amazing, and so many people commented on the ‘different’ service…I think it impacted a lot on many people who came to say their farewells in a really positive way. Love A, T, T, P, E, L and A.
26th June 2018: Thank you, Paul. That was such a lovely service and exactly what we wanted for Mum. Everyone said they loved hearing about all the things she used to do that they’d forgotten about and, as you heard, it raised a chuckle or two. It was a beautiful day for her. Thank you again. Love, P, G, C and D and families.
9th July 2018: What a beautiful service, Paul. Many people who attended commented about how different and personal it was from others they had been to. You made the afternoon so special and memorable both for J and for us. Thank you for your understanding, kindness and help in getting it just right. We were so glad you were recommended to us. Love V, S, J, B & B.
17th July 2018: Paul, that was a lovely. Thank you for all your help and support over the last couple of weeks. Everything came together beautifully for Mum’s service. It was just perfect for her. Love, I, M and families.
19th July 2018: Thank your for everything Paul – that was such a moving funeral for Mum. Thank you for your kindness to us, and especially your support today. Your words were just perfect and moved everyone who came to say their farewells to her, whilst also raising a few smiles and laughs as well – just as we wanted to. Love, V, D, S, S, & S.
25th July 2018: Paul – Thank you so much for a beautiful service for B. You really did him proud today and we couldn’t not have asked for it to have been any better. Love, C, P & C.
26th July 2018: Oh Paul, what a lovely service you created for R. It was so ‘him’ and I think everyone came to you to say how lovely they thought it was. It was a lovely time, filled with all our happy memories and the music he so loved to listen to. Your words raised plenty of smiles and the odd chuckle, exactly as we had hoped but it was also tender and gentle in just the right places… Thank you so much again for everything. Love, J, S and families.
9th August 2018: Thank you, Paul. What a lovely service you did for P and, even despite all the rain today, the dove release afterwards was just as beautiful. Thank you for everything. Love, K, G and family.
28th August 2018: Paul – Thank you so much for the wonderful service you put together for Mum. Everyone commented on just how beautiful it was. A huge thanks from all of us for your care and support from start to finish. Love D, J, S and L.
3rd September 2018: That was such a beautiful funeral, Paul – your words really came straight from the heart. Thank you for being so kind and such a reassuring presence in everything you’ve done for us leading up to giving Dad the fitting send-off he deserved today. Love, E, D, S, I & S.
7th September 2018: I just wanted to thank you personally for everything you did for us on Friday. I was looking for you afterwards but couldn’t find you! It was perfect – really a beautiful service. We never expected to be saying goodbye to someone so young, but you made A’s tribute fun, a bit cheeky and communicated it with that same love and emotion he had himself . You weren’t ‘stuffy’ and it was so nice to hear people chuckle as you told the stories we shared about him, but we also felt your own emotion too when you read out words on behalf of our family. Everyone talked about you afterwards and said how great you had been and how, in some cases, it had been the ‘best’ funeral they’d been too. Love, A, S, T & T, H, C and all of A’s family.
21st September 2018: Hi Paul. What can I say? You were amazing it made Dads send off. We were all so pleased with the way you put our story across in fact many of the crowd thought you knew Dad personally. Thanks once again and keep up the good work. Love J, J and family.
1st October 2018: Paul, that was a beautiful service for D – we all thought it went very well. Thank you, from M, R and families.
8th October 2018: Thank you for making everything so much easier for us Paul – and for the lovely service for Mum this afternoon. It was beautiful and everything went even better than we had hoped for – all thanks to you and the Funeral Director. Love, S, B, V, J, J and Families.
10th October 2018: That was so perfect Paul. Such a beautiful service for our little N. Gently delivered with compassion and love – it really was the ‘human touch’ we all needed at such a difficult and sad time. Thank you for everything you have done in supporting us and for creating the most tender of Ceremonies. Love, J, C and families.
2nd November 2018: Thanks again for everything you did for us yesterday for G’s service. Everyone said it was lovely, and we all know he would have definitely approved of it himself. You did him proud. Love, K, M, C and families.
12th November 2018: Many thanks for the beautiful service you did for V, Paul. So many people said how lovely and personal it was. With thanks, T, J, N and family.
22nd November 2018: Paul – thank you for such a brilliant service for Dad. Your words were simply beautiful and made the service very personal and heart felt, allowing us to say a fitting goodbye to him. At at the same time, it was the uplifting send-off we all wanted, raising many a smile, too. Thank you for your support of J and C when they read – the time you took both before and again on the day to gently reassure them really mattered and made all the difference. Love D, C and families.
23 November 2018: Hi Paul, thank you so much for your help with laying my Dad to rest. Your summing up of my Dad’s life was so good, my brothers step son thought you knew him. For me that was the highest tribute. I have been to services where the person conducting them clearly had no grasp of what sort of person they were talking about. I know in this world where we don’t all know a local priest, or they us, it is very difficult, but you managed it. Our sincere thanks. V, N, A, P and families.
30th November 2018: Paul – thank you for a beautiful service for Dad this afternoon. It was perfect in every way. Love, S, J and families.
10th December 2018: Thank you, Paul, for such a tender service for M. It was a sad, but beautiful day. Thank you for taking such good care of me throughout and for being so reassuring on the day when I read my own tribute. I couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better. Many thanks, J.
28th December 2018: Hi Paul, Just to say a huge thank you for today and making D’s Celebration so special. So many people spoke to me afterwards and said how amazing you were – and how you sounded like a family friend talking about D. Love, C & L.
8th January 2019: Paul just wanted to thank you so much for the lovely service for P. Everyone (and I mean everyone) commented on how lovely it was. Many thanks, K, A, M and families.
10th January 2019: Mum would have been really proud of the Funeral, Paul. In fact, she would have loved it. You spoke about her with such affection and raised many a smile, but it was also tender and poignant, too. Many people said they wondered how you do what you do. Thank you for honouring her final wishes, and for your gentle guidance and support over the last 2 weeks. Love T, C and families.
11th January 2019: Dear Paul, I just wanted to say a huge “thank you” for Dad’s Funeral yesterday. You made the day run so smoothly and your words were so comforting. Many thank again, K, F, J and families.
15th January 2019: Thank you for a beautiful service this afternoon, Paul, and for your kind and caring approach when helping our family at such a difficult time. D & M.
22nd January 2019: That was beautiful, Paul. A would have been so proud of his send-off. Thank you for everything you’ve done to support us over the last couple of weeks. Love, P, P, C and families.
23rd January 2019: I just want to say that we were extremely pleased and grateful for the professional, appropriate, dignified and sensitive way in which you conducted proceedings. Everybody I spoke to afterwards said what a beautiful service it had been, for which much of the credit goes to you for your meticulous preparation and for striking exactly the right tone. So thank you once again for all your help. G, B, T, M and families.
30th January 2019: Paul – Many thanks for your kindness and support – we really gave Mum a beautiful and dignified send-off accompanied by some of her favourite music. M, U & R.
5th February 2019: Thank you for that lovely service Paul – although there were only a few of us, it was still a dignified and fitting farewell for S, telling her story.
6th February 2019: Paul – thank you for a brilliant service for Dad. So many people came to say their farewells and you communicated and managed the whole service perfectly. It raised plenty of laughs, even though it was a terribly sad day for everyone. You really had him to a tee. Love, J and family.
19th February 2019: Thanks for everything you did for us to help give Dad a great send-off Paul. S, P and family.
21st February 2019: You did an amazing job for us Paul. As Funerals go, we really couldn’t have asked for a better service for Mum, you put it together beautifully. We’re so glad you were recommended to us. D, S and family.
4th March 2019: Hello Paul. I am writing on behalf of M, G and all the family to thank you for all the work and time you put in, and for the way the whole service was conducted. We all agreed it could not have been better and was a great tribute to D. Afterwards, back at the house, we had people coming up saying “I didn’t know D had done ‘this’ and ‘that”, so you “painted” a really wonderful picture of her life.
Anyway Paul, thank you so much – it was greatly appreciated. M, G, P and family.
7th March 2019: Paul – thank you for conducting a really lovely service for Mum – it was a lovely tribute to her life.
12th March 2019: Paul – a short note to thank you for the service you held for our late Father on Tuesday. Everyone commented on how nice the service was and how smoothly it ran. Thank you. Best regards, H and families.
14th March 2019: Thank you for such a great service for Dad. It really bought the best of his funny character out – it gave us all a smile and was light-hearted. You did a brilliant job for us Paul. Thank you, K & J.
15th March 2019: Paul, we just wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful delivery of Nan’s service on Friday. It was perfect – and you were just brilliant! Best wishes, P, S and J.