“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 deliver 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.
26th March 2019: Thank you Paul. You gave us exactly what we wanted in a very informal ‘chat type’ service for Dad. It was just lovely to have a relaxed chat about his life with you sitting with us, then sharing the poem closer to him. It left Mum very uplifted that he got the ‘no fuss’ send off he would have wanted. It ran so smoothly and we can’t thank you enough. Y, L and J.
27th March 2019: You did a really good job for us Paul. Very professional from start to finish giving us the ‘not too long’ but tender farewell for L which we wanted to have. Everyone commented on how beautiful it was, especially our family from overseas. A and families.
1st April 2019: Many thanks for all your support and guidance with L’s Funeral. Even though your part was small, you supported me to deliver all the parts of the service I wanted to. Many thanks, J and family.
4th April 2019: Thank you, Paul, for a beautiful Funeral for J. You held everything just perfectly and guided us to orchestrate the many personal tributes into a very memorable service, which we will always treasure. R, T, D and families.
8th April 2019: Paul, what can we say? D’s service was just beautiful – really perfect. You’ve been so kind to us, right from when we first met you, and your support never once stopped. Thank you again, love J, T G and family.
8th April 2019: Paul – many thanks for delivering the service for Mum, as written by Derek. We were so glad he recommended you when he couldn’t make it. It was clear how well he’d communicated everything to you and how prepared you were…it was delivered beautifully. Thank you, J, S and families.
10th April 2019: We’d like to thank you for the heartfelt and lovely service you led for Dad at Parndon Wood, Paul. Your words were just beautiful. Everything ran so smoothly and many thanks for your support of our family, too as we read our own tributes. V, P, I, C and familes.
15th April 2019: Thank you Paul for your help in laying Mum’s ashes to rest. We didn’t know what to do in terms of a service, but were really pleased you were recommended to us. The brief but beautiful Ceremony you created for that was just perfect – and we’re sure Mum would have loved it herself. Love, J and family.
16th April 2019: Paul, We’d like to thank you again for the service at B’s Funeral. We were so pleased after all the hard preparation work, that it all worked out perfectly. So many friends and family have sent messages to say they loved B’s story, so we wanted to say a huge thanks for putting up with the hours of extra work we put you through. Love, S, K and families.
25th April 2019: Thank you for the lovely service for D today, Paul. You were wonderful.
26th April 2019: Paul, that was just the perfect service for T. Thank you for all your support and for getting everything just perfect for us over the last couple of weeks. S, D and family.
2nd May 2019: Paul, I just wanted to say thanks again for pulling out all the stops on Thursday with Mum’s service. We could not have done it without you and we really appreciate it. Take care. love, F, C and families.
3rd May 2019: Dear Paul. Thank you so much for everything you thoughtfully put into making L’s Funeral service go so smoothly. You were very sensitive – and it was perfect for the family. With Kind regards, J, G and family.
5th June 2019: Paul – we just wanted to say thank you so much for today and for travelling all the way up to Leeds to lead our Mum’s Funeral. It all went perfectly. Everyone said they enjoyed it and commented that they’d never been to a service like it. Mum’s final goodbye will be remembered by all those who attended – which was exactly what we wanted. A big thank you for making our Mum’s last day so special. Love S & S xxx
18th June 2019: Thank you, Paul, for a lovely service for H.
24th June 2019: Thank you for such a wonderful service and tribute at Greenacres in Epping today for M, Paul. Everyone said how beautiful it was. Thanks, also, for managing the unscheduled speakers…it meant so much to M’s family. A’s humorous description of M in a car and her back seat driving was so spot on, it helped with our grief for a few moments. You’ve been so kind to us. Love, M, H and all M’s family.
26th June 2019: Hi Paul. Thank you for the lovely words you wrote and spoke about Dad. You really did a wonderful job of expressing his character and what he meant to us. Love, M, A & G.
2nd July 2019: Dear Paul,
I thought I would just drop you a quick email to say thank you for your work yesterday.
As we discussed when there is more than two families involved and decades of addiction it was always going to be difficult service and a need for the upmost sensitivity, I must say your attention to detail and the effort you obviously applied in your preparation and research resulted in a detailed delivery with all areas receiving coverage. Along with well chosen words, it was an excellent reflection of my brothers life, for which we deeply appreciate.
The competency of what you did was noted by many who attended and was much commented on at the wake, I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to others and allowing this commendation to be used in part ,or fully, as a testimonial on your website.
Thank you once again.
3rd July 2019: Paul, Thank you so much for everything you have done for us for Mum’s Funeral – and for your lovely, beautifully written words. Your eulogy was so spot on, many people thought you’d actually known her! Thank you from all of us. Love M, L, S and families.
8th July 2019: Thank you Paul for a beautiful, gentle service for D. We didn’t want anything long and you listened to exactly what we wanted to achieve in saying our goodbyes. It wasn’t easy, but you communicated the whole service both gently and with love. Love, J, T and family.
10th July 2019: ‘Oh Paul, we’re so glad it was you’. Thank you for looking after us again…yet another beautiful service. Love D, P and families.
11th July 2019: Paul – that was excellent. You put together such a lovely service for Mum, it was really beautiful – and beautifully spoken, too. Thank you for everything and for giving Mum such a gentle and fitting send off. Love D.
22nd July 2019: Hold on, Paul, I’m coming in for a hug! What wonderful words to receive after leading a Funeral. “Paul, you were wonderful and really put so much in to delivering such a heartfelt service for S. It was the most fitting goodbye and you certainly did him proud today” Love D, L, J, J and families.
24th July 2019: Thank you for your time, energy, consideration and understanding over the last 7 days. You’ve been brilliant and created an amazing service for Dad, led beautifully in the sunshine…it was as f it was timeless. Thank you for a wonderful service. Love Y, D and S.
25th July 2019: Paul, thankyou so much for creating such a fitting tribute for Mum. We all felt it captured her lovely character just perfectly. Love M, P, G & P.
26th July 2019: It was lovely to see you again to lay Mum’s ashes to rest this afternoon. Totally professional as always, the little service you and N delivered was absolutely perfect and just so fitting. You’ve both been amazing – we’ll miss the hugs! Love P, M, S, J and families.
30th July 2019: Hi Paul. Just wanted to say a very big thank you from the bottom of my heart for the way in which you conducted my dads service. Everyone was asking me if you knew him as you spoke like you knew him well. We could not have asked for better so thank you very, very much. Love K, D and families.
31st July 2019: Paul: Many thanks for such a wonderful Funeral for G today; for your excellent service – and for your beautiful presentation script, which we will treasure. Love, B, M, D and families.
31st July 2019: That was an amazing service Paul. We were so pleased. It was absolutely fitting for R to be sent off with such a perfect tribute – and you’ve been so kind and supportive to us throughout. Love M, C, A and family.
2nd August 2019: Paul. I can honestly say I’ve been to a lot of these. But nothing like this one. That was such a class act! Huge thanks for your support and for a truly wonderful service at both Old Park Meadow and Chelmsford Crematorium this afternoon.
7th August 2019: Dear Paul. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping to make the perfect send off for J. Your support was (and is) very much appreciated. As Mum said, I hope not to see you again for a long time, unless I bump into you shopping or the like! Thank you, also, for the beautiful presentation scripts for J & Y. The fact that you backtracked to 2018 and went to the extra effort of producing one for Y means so much. Mum was very touched by your kindness too. Love S, P, Y & B.
9th August 2019: Paul – thank you. Thank you for such a well spoken, gentle and fitting send-off for P this afternoon in the beautiful traditional chapel at City of London – and for the beautiful presentation copy of the whole service. Love B, and all P’s friends who attended.
30th August 2019: Hi Paul, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for today. All of the service was so lovely and I feel you did my Dad proud. We are so grateful to you for making the whole process so heartfelt, warm and genuine. Love L and family.
20th September 2019: Thank you for a beautiful service for Dad, Paul. Mum (and all of us) thought it was just perfect, especially the visual tribute you gently encouraged us to put together – it made it so personal. Love S, J, J and families.
23rd September 2019: Paul. Thank you for everything you have done for us to make today’s sad goodbye to W so special. The cemetery was full of family, friends and his colleagues, all paying tribute. Thank you for everything. Love, M, L and families.
27th September 2019: Paul, thank you for everything. You pretty much hit the nail right on the head with your lovely service you put together and delivered so beautifully for Dad. Love P and families.
11th October 2019: Thank you for getting Dad’s service just perfect. You really did a good job on Friday and told his story beautifully. You really did him proud, Paul – so much so, that some of our family genuinely thought you had known Dad personally. Love C, F, J and families.
7th November 2019: Paul, thank you for such a beautiful Funeral for J. As an old man, I’ve been to a lot of these, but yours really is one of the nicest. Your words were so warm and sincere. Love J, M and families.
8th November 2019: We’d like to thank you for a lovely service for Dad, Paul. It even managed to raise a laugh or two – and he would have absolutely loved that. Love A, L and families.
13th November 2019: Paul, we’d like to thank you for the service you so warmly led for Mum today. Without having even met us, you were so kind and understanding whenever we chatted on the telephone. Thank you for sour support and gentle suggestions which came together to make it a beautiful afternoon to remember. Love K, R and families.
22nd November 2019: Dear Paul, I’ve been wanting to write to you to say thank you. You were an amazing support to us during those surreal and painful days trying to plan the funeral and of course on the day itself. I know you dedicated huge amounts of time and energy into ensuring the service was just right for Paul. It was evident how much genuine care and love you put into it, for which I am very grateful. It must be very strange as a celebrant, to work so closely and intensely with people and to then step away from their world after the service has taken place. But I have thought about you and everything you did for us a lot since. I hope you have a very happy Christmas and New Year. Love, R, B & N.
27th November 2019: Dear Paul. What a wonderful Funeral you created for Mum yesterday. Small, intimate and just so ‘her’. Thanks for supporting me to give my own tribute, and for bringing along those huge, fragrant stems of rosemary for us to lay with her. Love J, C, T and families.
29th November 2019: Hi Paul, I’d just like to tell you what a lovely service it was for Dad on Friday. Everyone who was there commented on how upbeat it was and said it was a really nice send off for him. You done a really good job. Thank you. K and families.
6th December 2019: Paul, we’d like to thank you for the lovely, gentle service you created and led for K at Bentley Crematorium. It was just perfect. Simple, yet dignified and totally in accordance with her final wishes. Thank you for taking the time to listen to get it all just perfect. Many thanks again, M & T.
17th December 2019: Morning Paul, I just wanted to say thank you for such a beautiful service yesterday. We wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. You were great throughout the service, and even the run up to it, taking time to listen to everything we wanted. Thanks again, Laura.
18th December 2019: Thank you, Paul, for the presentation copy of Mum’s Funeral – and for your help on the day – especially bringing along some of your own resources to help make Mum the centre of attention. You really did weave the story of Mum’s life quite excellently and you would wish to know, I’m sure, that I received numerous appreciative comments about the service you led from family afterwards. Love B & D.
19th December 2019: That was absolutely perfect Paul. Short, simple, yet dignified – you listened to exactly what we wanted for A, and your unhurried, calm pace during the service just added to the beauty. Thank you so much and being kind and gentle throughout. Love C and family.
20th December 2019: Paul, what a beautiful service you led for D. Spoken beautifully, it was incredibly moving and, perhaps, one of the best Funerals I have ever attended. How you led the entire service shows the true quality of a job done well, with care and compassion. You made such a difference and, as you know, it was D’s wish to have you lead his service. Thank you again for travelling 140 miles to Nottingham to honour his (and our) wish. Love, M, J and family.
13th January 2020: Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for Monday. It was such a lovely service for Dad and I had many compliments afterwards for the way you conducted it. Love J, J, L and families.
13th January 2020: Thank you for everything you have done to support and guide us over the last 2 weeks, Paul. It was such a good send off for C. You did a wonderful job of pulling it all together. Love J, B, S, M, E and families.
14th January 2020: Paul, we wanted to phone you again to thank you for such a brilliant send off for Dad today. You went over and above from the moment we met you, and put so much energy into delivering Dad’s service at Manor Park this morning – with all the laughing and crying, it was a rollercoaster. But you were spot on with everything. We saw nearly everyone coming to thank you personally as soon as the service ended, and we had a great time at the pub afterwards. I’m only too happy to recommend you, if you need it. We’ll be phoning the Funeral Director to pass on our thanks for recommending you to us. B, J, T and families.
16th January 2020: Thank you so much for being here for us again, Paul; for the beautiful service you put together for Mum as we laid her ashes to rest at Bentley Crematorium this afternoon – and also for supplying those lovely, freshly cut stems of rosemary from your own garden for us to place in with her. Such a lovely suggestion of remembrance. Love D, S, M and families.
17th January 2020: Paul. What can we say? Thank you for an incredibly moving and fitting service to remember our dear Mum’s life. It was beautifully led by you; your words, beautifully spoken with warmth and compassion, whilst you gently encouraged full participation from everyone who attended. Thanks, also, for your encouragement and support of me as I read our tribute to Mum. Love R, B, R and families.
22nd January 2020: Dear Paul, I just wanted to thank you so much for all of the effort you put into my Grandad’s service today. Your words were absolutely stunning and you really encapsulated the man he was. You are incredibly talented and I feel very lucky that we’ve had you to arrange it all. Thank you again, so very much. Love, A and family.
23rd January 2020: Dear Paul, I just wanted to write and say a big thank you from all the family. The way you wrote and read the funeral service for my mother was just right. We are all very appreciative of the care you took to get it right. Yours sincerely, L & J and all the family.
29th January 2019: Hi Paul, we just wanted to thank you for doing Grandad’s service for us. It was spot on, and you were simply amazing. Lots of love, L, J, D and families.
3rd February 2020: Well done, Paul. Thanks for such a lovely, gentle send off for J this afternoon and for all your work, especially with the late requests for additional music. It couldn’t have gone any better today. Thanks again, L, C and all of J’s friends.
5th February 2020: From the minute you walked into my home – I knew you, Paul. I knew I was going to be safe with you looking after us and T. I’d been to one of your services at Enfield before and it was all the reassurance I ever needed. Thank you for making his last day so special. You really did him proud. Love A and family.
7th February 2020: Paul, thank you for the beautiful, gentle service you led for S at Upminster this afternoon. It was truly fitting and all of this just through our contact on Skype whilst we were overseas in Cyprus. With all our love, V and W.
10th February 2020: Hi Paul, I am writing on behalf of our family to express our thanks for B’s service you conducted on Monday 10th Feb at Forest Park. We felt it could not have gone better and was both sensitive and respectful. This opinion was echoed by other family members in attendance. We thought you spoke with eloquence and emotion, and your reading of the swan poem with the music coming in, as our goodbye to B, was quite beautiful. We didn’t expect a real rainbow to the closing Eva Cassidy music but it was very unexpected and quite special on the day. I don’t know if you or her late partner, J, ‘upstairs’ had a hand in it ! Once again many thanks for your services and friendly efficiency. Kind regards, K and family.
11th February 2020: Hi Paul I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful send off you gave my Dad at Enfield. One of my neighbours recognised you from a previous service she went to, which you took, and said you were every bit as good again today. We laughed and cried and everyone talked about you back at the Golf Club. Thank you so much for all your support and kindness over the last 2 weeks. Love V.
11th February 2020: Well done, Paul. Thank you for a lovely service for Mum today. Beautifully led – and topped off with Gemma who sang our 3 songs. It was full of all the class Mum deserved before we laid her gently to rest outside, looking over the area she lived in her whole life. Many thanks, D and families.
13th February 2020: Hi Paul. Thank you so much for your handling of the service for Mum. I can honestly say it far exceeded all my expectations – and you did too. You have a wonderful ability to speak words provided, I don’t think I have ever been to a funeral where the celebrant was able to do what you did for us during Mum’s service. Coming from you speaking the words, it was as if you had known Mum and the family for years. You impart them in such a warm way. It’s a great natural talent which is very rare to find. THANK YOU so much… In my mind you brought to life the idea of one last special memory for a very special person. I am and always will be completely indebted to you for what you did for us and for Mum. Very best wishes to you, and, again, “thank you” from the bottom of my heart. Love J, C, T and families.
14th February 2020: WOW! That was amazing Paul. Celebrants vary, but you were something else! Thank you for leading D’s service today. The way you encouraged us to create the service with gentle guidance was wonderful. We knew what we wanted, and you delivered. It was the perfect send off for him – spot on and so appropriate. As you saw, it had us laughing a lot one minute, and crying the next. It mattered – simple as that. Love O, V, V and family.
17th February 2020: Paul, thank you for such a beautiful service for Mum. You were brilliant from start to finish. Despite being tight for time, the whole service felt unhurried and timeless. We really couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better. Thank you, Love C and family.
18th February 2020: Well done, Paul. Thank you for a beautiful Funeral for Mum and for wearing your blue and white tie to go with our Spurs theme. She would have loved it. Love M, R and family.
19th February 2020: Thank you Paul – you really captured I’s character so well. You picked some absolutely beautiful songs, when I had no idea myself – and I know how much effort you went to, to find pieces which fit with our story so it made each one even more special. Many of my friends are nurses and are hard to get upset…but I know your last words moved many of them to tears – they, and the way you spoke them, were simply stunning. Love, L.
21st February 2020: Hi Paul. Thank you for such a wonderful service at Enfield. You are such an amazing orator and had such a magical way when explaining what a great life my Mum had. We certainly had a few people who didn’t realise all that she had done. We did actually enjoy the service, which bought us a lot of comfort. And – thank you again – for wearing your superb Lederhosen at our request as a final nod to Mum’s Austrian Heritage. You looked amazing. Love C & P.
25th February 2020: Hi Paul, we just all wanted to thank you again for the brilliant send off you gave Dad yesterday. From start to finish you have been nothing short of brilliant, and the way you talked about Dad yesterday was superb. You encouraged, guided and supported us through an incredibly difficult farewell bringing out the best of Dad’s amusing life. The crowning glory was leaving the pile of Cadbury’s miniatures on his coffin as we left so he had chocolate for his next journey. Even the Funeral Director said it was one of the nicest Funerals she’d ever been to, so I suppose that’s definitely saying something! Love N, D, P and families.
26th February 2020: Thank you for a nice, gentle service for D today. You listened and provided exactly what we needed in a very brief but dignified farewell to him. Best wishes, J & C.
6th March 2020: Dear Paul. I just wanted to say thank you for today. I felt you led the service beautifully and set just the right tone for M. Several people told me how much they enjoyed the service and that was because of you. I liked the small touches that you added to make the service personal to us and I really appreciate everything you did to make the service run smoothly. Thank you once again. S and family.
11th March 2020: Paul, that was amazing. Such a beautiful, fitting and moving service for Mum. You delivered it with care and affection, dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s when you spoke, as you knew this was how Mum was from what we told you. And she would have loved your freshly pressed trousers – you could have cut your finger on those creases. Standards mattered – you did her proud. Love P, L D and families.
12th March 2020: Thank you so much for today Paul. Another funeral for our family, your Auntie. I think everyone was very touched and moved by your words – not a dry eye in the house as they say – and not easy for you to deliver a whole 35 minute service to your own family relatives. The friends of ours that were their only lost their brother last year to dementia and had their own grief, but said the words you spoke meant so much to them too. It wouldn’t have meant anywhere near as much without you. Thank you again. Love K, G, R and C and family.
16th March 2020: Paul – thank you for your lovely service for F. The time you took with us, and how you communicated it on the day was beautiful. Love J and family.
19th March 2020: ‘Thank you from the Cole family’. Paul – wanted to say thank you so much for everything today. Steff would have been so pleased. Thanks again for your idea to record the service. What an inspirational thought since so many people couldn’t attend. All the flowers were beautiful and the scent as we walked into the chapel at Forest Park was amazing. The thought and effort that went into today was not lost on us – and you supported us in making this happen. You were so respectful and listened perfectly to the family and made what (as you know) was a very difficult day so much more bearable. You caught and captured the essence that was or Steff. Love, G, M, C, P and families.
20th March 2020: Hi Paul. Just wanted to say Thank you for a lovely service for my Dad yesterday. Heartbreaking time, then to add the virus situation. So many people didn’t come but I still felt he had a nice send off considering the situation. I had a few people say to me after they felt you knew my dad and it was a lovely service. Stay safe. G and family.
25th March 2020: Hi Paul. Thank you so much for today’s service for Dad. From arranging the service to you delivering it was spot on. We couldn’t have asked for any more of you today. Your suggestion to relay the service on the crematorium’s external speakers to those outside who couldn’t come in due to the COVID-19 restrictions at Enfield, was brilliant. They all sat in the sunshine and heard every word perfectly clear. We could hear them all laughing along to some of the stories too – and they all had the Order of Service before we started. You have been very helpful and made these tough times that bit easier for us all. Thanks again, and stay safe. W, B, L, J and families.
27th March 2020: Hi Paul, I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic job you did on Friday. Apart from the fact that we were missing some important people, Mum’s funeral was exactly as I would have wanted it. You managed to pitch it in just the right way for a family that had really done its grieving some time ago and now just wanted to remember Mum as the lovely, always laughing person she was, to say “cheerio” and then see her laid to rest in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. I am so glad you were pleased with D’s recording and photos. It will be lovely to share them with Mum’s neighbours when I eventually get to see them. I hope you manage to steer your way through the choppy financial waters ahead and, rest assured, should anyone I know find themselves in need of a funeral celebrant, I shall be passing on your details. Many thanks and best wishes, W, C and families.
27th March 2020: Paul, you did a wonderful job for us today, laying Dad to rest in the brief, dignified way he would have wanted. He loved the sunshine, and to have it – and clear blue skies on his last day was very fitting. Thank you again, B & family.
30th March 2020: Thank you, Paul, so much for encouraging us to have a service for Dad – and for making it so special and personal. It was absolutely the best thing we could have done given the circumstances around COVID-19. See you for the memorial service in September. Love T and family.
31st March 2020: Thanks for such a wonderful service for Dad, Paul. We’re so pleased Katie recommended you to us. Love A, E, G, I and families.
7th April 2020: What a brilliant job you did, Paul. Even as soon as we came out, people who had watched the service by webcast were taxing us to say how lovely it was. Considering we never met in person until today, your support and care of our family was excellent – especially to the 2 grand children who had never been to a funeral before – thank you for your keen eye, beautiful words and your attention to every single small detail. Love K, E and family.
8th April 2020: Hi Paul, I just want to thank you for our farewell to Mum yesterday. The words you had written were lovely and summed up Mum perfectly. I was dreading the service because it wasn’t what Mum had planned as she had wanted all her friends to attend. Some of her friends, neighbours and colleagues did say a farewell to her as they stood along the roads leading to Greenacres and Mum would have loved it and felt like royalty. In a way because of the situation, it was that we had our own personal farewell to Mum and felt we had done her proud. Once our lives are back to normal and we can plan Mum’s memorial to celebrate her life with all the people in her life we will certainly be in touch. Thank you again. Kind regards, K, J, S and families.
9th April 2020: Paul – thank you for just a beautifully well thought out service for John this afternoon. You really keyed in the significance of his favourite music, and I know the lengths you went to, to research that for us. It was superb. From all J’s family.
17th April 2020: Thank you so much for today, Paul. You were superb for Dad’s Funeral in February, and I knew you would be again today. With all my love, V.
20th April 2020: That was perfect, Paul. Indeed, it was an incredibly difficult goodbye today, but you put everything together so well from our phone call. You’ve been fantastic, and such a support. Love, J
21st April 2020: Thank you for such a sweet, short but extremely moving service for J today, Paul. You really moved everyone with your touching tribute to her life as we laid her to rest, reuniting her with her husband. Thank you for all your support. Love P.
22nd April 2020: Dear Paul. Thank you for performing a wonderful service today, you spoke so eloquently about Jean-Marc and captured him so very accurately, that is a feat indeed. Please accept my sincere thanks and very best wishes. P.
22nd April 2020: Dear Paul. Thank you so much for conducting my son’s funeral in Mortlake. We were so impressed by the way you managed to get across the man he was in a very natural way. You had the absolute right mix of solemnity, respect and humour. We are very, very grateful to you that from a tragic event you managed to leave us with a peaceful feeling in our hearts. We wish you all success in the future. You certainly deserve it. L & B.
24th April 2020: Hi Paul. I hope this email finds you well. I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful tribute you gave to us all yesterday, so deeply moving and I know I can speak for my mum, brothers and our children that we will treasure that forever. I hope you were able to feel the love we had for our dad in the room….he was a true GENTLEman in every sense of the word,, a rare thing these days but we take so much comfort in knowing how he was exactly the same to everyone else who had the honour to know and love him. A very special, special man. A beautiful setting and glorious sunshine just added to the serenity of it all. Thank you for sharing that moment with us when we have been denied the comfort of extended family friends and colleagues. I wish you peace. With fondest regards. P, M, S J and families.
28th April 2020: Thank you for such a gentle and loving service for P at Parndon Wood this afternoon…it was extremely moving and was just the perfect goodbye to him. Love J and families.
29th April 2020: Dear Paul. Thank you so much for all that you ahve done for me and my family at this very sad time for us. Your kindness and patience is much appreciated. Love M and families.
1st May 2020: Thank you for conducting a beautiful service at Greenacres for Mum, Paul. Even though the rain was torrential, it was unhurried and beautiful with the sunshine just coming out at the very end. Love A and families.
4th May 2020: Paul, I’d really like to thank you for conducting such a heartfelt, loving service for Mum this afternoon at Bentley. Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time. With all our love.
7th May 2020: Paul. We’d like to say a big thank you for leading Mum’s service at Forest Park this afternoon – and for your gentle encouragement to us to go the little bit further with some very personal additions of Mum’s favourite snacks on the coffin. It was just beautiful. Love K and families.
7th May 2020: Hi Paul. Thank you for leading Mum’s beautiful and dignified service at City of London today. You’ve been superb again, having supported our family once before. It meant so much to have you again today. Thank you, also, for your beautifully produced presentation copy of Mum’s service. Love I and family.
8th May 2020: Paul, I just wanted to say thank you again for this morning’s short but poignant service for S. I know how much effort you put into getting it just right being as the circumstances were so difficult. It was perfect. Love C and family.
8th May 2020: Thank you so much for your understanding and kindness, Paul. D’s Funeral was just perfect – delivered so warmly by you. He would have felt so special knowing it had been conducted on the 75th Anniversary of VE day. Thank you for helping our family again…sadly, just a year since the last time we met you. Love C and families.
12th May 2020: Paul…you got it just right. We may have only been 2 mourners in the chapel during these difficult times, but I’d like to thank you for listening and providing exactly what we asked for in this very brief and gentle farewell to Pat. Love J and families.
13th May 2020: Dear Paul. What can we say? Dad/Brian knew he wanted you to take his Funeral last year. Thank you so much for fulfilling his wish and making a 560 miles round-trip to Lytham / St. Anne’s for him and us. The way you guided us through everything so smoothly, from our WhatsApp video meeting, to writing the service up and collating memories from Dad’s friends and colleagues, you were perfect. No fuss – just working quietly away. It can’t have been easy for you to speak about Dad, being as you knew him so well and were good friends, but your professionalism shone through, and the service was greatly appreciated by everyone who watched it on both livestreams. Love A, D, S and families.
14th May 2020: Paul…this afternoon’s service in the sunshine at Greenacres was beautifully conducted by yourself, for Dad. So many little touches that bought the very best of him back to us on hsi final day. Love S and families.
18th May 2020: I wanted to thank you again Paul for leading D’s service at Parndon Wood this afternoon. It really was a lovely service. Thank you, M and families.
20th May 2020: Paul. It was fate that your website came up when we searched. You understood exactly what I wanted for J and provided it, delivering the service superbly this afternoon. No fuss…you worked with what I gave you and recommended a contact of yours for the Order of Service who did exactly the same for me. They were simply beautiful clearly made with love. I will treasure your work always. Love J.
21st May 2020: Hi Paul, Lynn and I would like to say thank you so much for helping us through the planning of Mums ceremony at this difficult time for us all. We would also like to thank you for the presentation of the service itself in these difficult times, it was really lovely. With many thanks. Lynn & Dave.
28th May 2020: Paul, you were brilliant this afternoon. Mum’s service was simply beautiful and I can’t thank you enough for all your helpful support and gentle guidance over the last week or so. Love S, and I.
29th May 2020: It was so comforting to have you, as one of our closest friends, do Mum’s Funeral at Forest Park. Thank you so much for being there to support us all as we said the most difficult goodbye. Love, K, P, R & V.
1st June 2020: Well, I think that went brilliantly, Paul. you did it for us before and you were every bit as wonderful again today. Really a beautiful service outside in the sunshine at Herongate Wood. Love P and all A’s family and friends.
2nd June 2020: Paul – again, we just wanted to express out heartfelt thanks for your kindness, gentleness and support as we prepared Dad’s Funeral. You were brilliant on the day and delivered his service beautifully. Love S, S, J and families.
8th June 2020: Thank you for a lovely service, Paul. We had a good idea of what we wanted and your support and encouragement was perfect in seeing it through to take place exactly as we had wished. Many thanks, J & C.
10th June 2020: That really was a superb service for J. Thanks for all the little adjustments you continued to make for us to get it perfect on the day – we couldn’t be more grateful. As D said “J would have been so proud of the send-off he got at Forest Park”. Love D, J, A, and families.
11th June 2020: Hello Paul. Thank you so much for this beautiful presentation script of Mum’s service. It was a wonderful surprise when I opened the envelope – to think I’d just asked you for an email copy to send to several who weren’t able to be there on Thursday! It was such a beautiful service, I did feel sad that numbers were so limited, but this will be perfect to forward to those absent and, of course, something for me to look back on when I think of Mum in the future.
I would again like to express my gratitude for the professional way you guided me through the planning of the service, all in such a friendly manner and in the most difficult of circumstances. I am very happy in the knowledge that we couldn’t possibly have given my dear Mum a better farewell. Sincere thanks and warm regards, John.
22nd June 2020: Paul, please accept this small token of our appreciation for the way you conducted Mum’s Funeral. I know it was such an upsetting day, but you led her Ceremony perfectly at Parndon Wood and it really could not have been a more fitting farewell to her. Love P and family.
23 June 2020: Hi Paul…just a quick note to say thank you for the beautiful service you led for Mum yesterday afternoon. It was a wonderful tribute to her life.
6th July 2020: What can we say, Paul? As soon as we knew you were available, it put our minds at rest. You were brilliant at Mum’s Funeral last year and we wanted no one else but you to look after Dad. Yet again, a super tribute to his life. Thank you, again, for taking such excellent care of us at another difficult time. Love, M, S, L and families.
6th July 2020: Paul, thank you for everything you did to make D’s send off perfect this afternoon. You’ve been so kind and helpful throughout all the time we were planning things – and you gave me exactly what I wanted on the day – a ‘not too long’ ‘best bits’ Funeral, of all the good and happy times we all shared together. Love C, K, T and families.
7th July 2020: Paul, thanks for everything you have done to make Mum’s send off one to remember. You looked after us so well on the day, and everyone really ‘got into’ the service. Love C and families.
7th July 2020: Paul, what a wonderful service. You really have a unique skill and ability to talk about people and to get a whole life covered so well within difficult time constraints. The service flowed beautifully, leading smoothly from one element to the next. It was such a difficult afternoon for all of us, saying goodbye to C, but you have been so gentle and supportive, and for that we are truly grateful. Love from P, M, H, G and families.
23rd July 2020: Oh Paul, what a beautiful service. You’ve been great without even having met us until the afternoon of L’s Funeral. We couldn’t have wished for a more gentler, fitting send-off for him. Love, E, J and family.
29th July 2020: Paul, we must say how lovely and helpful you have been to us. Taking all the time to listen and put Mum’s story together. We were so upset, and it was such a sad, poignant day. But you bought that ‘sense of occasion’ as Mum would have wanted. And, once I started listening to you tell Mum’s story, I actually really enjoyed listening to it all back – my friends all said what a beautiful, calming voice you had. Lots of love from L, R and families.
4th August 2020: Dear Paul, I would just like to express our thanks on behalf of the family with the way in which you conducted the service in celebrating Don’s life. Only two days ago, my friend in Australia contacted me to say how touched and impressed she was in the way that you made the service very personal. This comment was reiterated by several others. Thanks once again. Yours sincerely. Carol.
7th August 2020: Paul, thank you, once again for another beautiful, but totally different service. We didn’t think we’d be needing you again just 2 weeks after the last Funeral you did for us – but we were so glad you were available again. Thank you for giving my dear Sister such a wonderful service. How you even got through the beautiful words you had written, I’ll never know. Thank you for everything you have done for us over this last few weeks. Love E and family.
7th August 2020: Dear Paul. Thank you for a beautiful send off for Sid this afternoon- and for all your help and support to our family over this last couple of weeks at such a difficult time. Love P and families.
11th August 2020: Paul, thank you for a lovely, gentle service for M at Parndon Wood this afternoon. From B, J, R and families.
12th August 2020: Morning Paul, firstly Tia was well chuffed with her doggy biscuits so thanks for remembering! I think my Mum had a wonderful send off between you, me and our family members that came to say goodbye to her at Enfield. I feel a bit lost now but just another emotion to deal with at this time. Well, thanks for everything Paul, you’ve been wonderful – so down to earth and so easy to get on with. I wont forget you. Take care and keep safe. Luv Brenda x
13th August 2020: Dear Paul, I thought everything went really well today. The journey between Greenacres and the crematorium felt a bit like being in the ‘Essex’ poem by John Betjeman! What a lovely vista from the hall at Greenacres? Thank you for reading the poem and your help. I think that Pam will look back on this as the funeral she wanted for Colin, and you made it all happen seemlessly. Best wishes, Jo.
14th August 2020: Thank you again for the wonderful service you gave for my Dad last week. Your words were so appropriate, especially after the loss of Mum such a short time (9 weeks) ago. Their farewells were suitably different, but you brought them together in such a perfect way. Thank you also for all the help and support you gave to me in the most difficult circumstances, in the most difficult eleven weeks I have ever known. With love, R, J, S, T and families.
19th August 2020: Paul, thank you for the lovely service you gave Dad this morning – you’ve been so wonderful to work with over the last week or so. Love K S and families.
19th August 2020: Dear Paul, Thank you so much for forwarding your beautiful presentation script of Mum’s service to me, I will forward it on to Paul and Keith, and we can now keep the copy with Dad’s. Thank you so much for all you did for us on the day. It was the most lovely service and Mum would have loved it. Everybody thought the service was lovely and suited Mum down to the ground and all commented on what a wonderful job you did. Please accept our sincere thanks for making the service very special, you did Mum proud. Love Kim, Paul and Keith x
20th August 2020: Thank you Paul, for being so wonderful with us, working remotely. You really put some energy into Gaby’s life story – and it was a beutifully calm service for him. Thank you, S, M and family.
24th August 2020: Paul…thank you for giving Dad a lovely send off at Upminster on Monday. Even the curtains not closing was something which raised a smile…it would be typical of Dad not to want to leave as it was ‘Wetherspoons Monday’ down the pub. Thank you for all your support and help though over the short time we’ve been in contact. Love P and family.
28th August 2020: Paul, thank you so much for the lovely send off you gave Mum at Upminster today. Both yourself and the Funeral Director (another Paul) were first rate and we couldn’t have asked for it to have been any better. Love Terry and family.
1st September 2020: Dear Paul, After a couple of days reflection, I just wanted to write to you to thank you once again for the truly beautiful service you put together to celebrate dad’s life. On what was a very sad for us, it was made so much easier to bear because it went so perfectly. It could not have gone any better and dad would have absolutely loved it. You spoke with empathy and respect and we as a family could not have asked for more. Thank you. With kindest regards, Yvette and families.
9th September 2020: From Facebook feedback from the family: ‘Paul rceently led the service for my Mother’s Funeral, and did so with professionalism, empathy and love. He really took the time to get to know our family in such a short amount of time, yet he came up with a service which was just perfect and so fitting for my beautiful Mum. Nothing was too much trouble and Paul was totally understanding and helpful when we adjusted some of the tribute and suggested so alternative closings to make it the service which was perfect for us. Thank you, Paul. you are one guy who is totally in the right job!” Love, Michael, Michelle and Julie.
10th September 2020: Paul, we all just wanted to thank you for leading such a beautiful service for our dear Mum today at South Essex Crematorium. From the moment you were recommended to us by our Funeral Director and came round to meet our family, we just knew you were the right person for the job. On the day, it was so upsetting for us having lost Mum so suddenly, but we knew you had all our backs, and to say you did Mum proud was an understatement. Thank you again, so much, for everything you have done to support our family. Love, Sharon, Darren and families. x
23rd September 2020: Paul, I needed to say thank you once more for performing such a beautiful service for Kate today at Herongate Wood. Having met Kate back in July, and planned the service together with her, she just loved you. You got it right first time and she didn’t change a thing. You were such a good support for us on Wednesday, and thanks for bringing all your props so we could enjoy that bottle of Jameson’s down at the graveside. Love P, B, C and families.
24th September 2020: Dear Paul, just a short note to thank you for the service you led for Mum last week, and also for your contribution. Some of the people attending thought you were a family friend due to the way you delivered Mum’s service. We were very pleased with how the whole day went, and the toast afterwards. We were so glad that you recommended the venue Greenacres to us as the trees and less formal hall were absolutely perfect. Again, many thanks, J, J, S and families.
2nd October 2020: Hi Paul, I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for today. We thought the service was perfect. your words were beautiful and really did fit so well to how Chris was. Everybody was impressed. I have been to a lot of Funerals at Greenacres in Epping Forest, but I must say, none have been as well led as today’s one by you. Thank you again, love V, M and families.
6th October 2020: Just a note of gratitude for conducting Dads funeral yesterday. It was a very difficult day but the personal input you made in delivering the speech in such a caring manner was very much appreciated. Kindest regards, Nicola Williams & Family.
29th October 2020: Thanks for all your efforts today, Paul – you were really, really, impressive. Thank you for leading such a moving Ceremony to say goodbye to John. Best wishes, J, J, C & R and all John’s friends.
2nd November 2020: Dear Paul, Thank you for the lovely service you did for A at South Essex Crematorium today, it was both moving, and very sincere. Thanks, also for the beautiful presentation scripts which you bought round to our home a few days afterwards. We were so pleased the Funeral Director recommended you to us, we couldn’t have asked for more. Love P, P and families.
9th November 2020: Hi Paul, we just wamted to thank you for Mum’s beautiful send-ff at Forest Park. It was just perfect and so many people who were there in person, or watching via the webcast said how lovely it was, so huge thanks for that, and all you did for us. Love J, C, G and families.
11th November 2020: Paul, thank you so much for today and giving S the most perfect Funeral, during which you honoured the 2 minute silence at our request at 11:00. It was no doubt the hardest day of my life – but I will never forget how kind you have been again, helping my family twice now in the space of 5 months. Love S, J, S and family.
12th November 2020: Hi Paul. Thank you for yesterday’s service for Mum at Cam Valley, I was very pleased with it and so many people provided their positive feedback as well. It was gentle, calm, dignified, special and didn’t feel rushed. It was good to have the hour slot and not fill it, and not to have another service after ours. I think it provided a loving, reflective space which was totally appropriate. Thank you from all of us – P, R, M and families.
24th November 2020: What can I say, Paul? Thank you so much for putting together the most perfect, gentle and ‘not too long’ service for R. You care and support of us has been first rate, and we loved being able to go up and place our individual flowers and chocolates a the end. Love R, M and families.
25th November 2020: Thank you for the lovely service you led for Dad this afternoon at Parndon Wood. It was dignified and loving and gave everyone the space to say their own goodbyes, where many had not been able to before. Thanks for all your support over the last 10 days. C and family.
30th november 2020: Ray’s service was absolutely beautiful Paul. How you stand up there and do that, I’ll never know. It wasn’t rushed, and your voice was so calming – it just drew everyone in to the fantastic way you told the story of his 91 years – and we are so deeply grateful. It couldn’t have been a better send off for him. Love T, T and families.
1st December 2020: Paul…I just wanted to personally thank you for the brilliant service you did for my brother this afternoon at Upminster. You were so calm and the tribute was amazing with so many stories of his life. You support and care of Mum and our whole family has been fantastic. I saw you looking over at Mum during the service, to make sure she was OK – that was lovely and very much appreciated. You’re a man who is definitely in the right job, Paul. Your words were delivered warmly, with a genuine empathy and we could see you put so much energy in. Thanks so much again…a terrible day for all of us, but we could not have asked for more from you in saying goodbye to W. Take care now. C, J, J, L, H and family.
3rd December 2020: Paul, We’d just like to thank you for the lovely service you created for G, and for all the support you’ve given our family through this difficult time. Love C and families.
9th December 2020: Paul, you’ve been brilliant again…thank you for putting together such a sweet, moving ceremony for us as we laid Steve’s ashes to rest at St. John’s. It was the perfect, gentle end and we can’t thank you enough for being there for all of us once again. Love S, D, and family.
11th December 2020: Thanks for leading a really lovely service for Dad at Lavender Hill Ceemtery today, Paul. The way you put our words and feelings together and created the service in such a short time was perfect – it really was spot on for him. Althogh we were out in the open, and it was cold, you still led his service with true warmth. Thank you once again for all your help today, L, S and family.
17th December 2020: What a lovely service Paul – thank you for the way you spoke about A today, and for leading a very moving service as we sad our goodbyes to her at St. Marylebone. Your support has been very much appreciated. D, E and family.
18th December 2020: It really was such a lovely service Paul. Thank you for everything you have done to support us this last 2 weeks, and for talking about Vic in such a lovely way on Friday – a sad day, but such a fititng send off for him. Love B, P, N and families. x
6th January 2021: That was a lovely service for Mum, Paul. Thank you all you did in making today a llittle bit easier for us to bear. Love A, T and families.
8th January 2021: Paul – what a brilliant service you led for Mum. Everyone loved it as it was just so spot on. So ‘her’. We just wanted to give you a little something to thank you for everything you’ve done to help us being out of area. Love D, D, P and families.
8th January 2021: I wondered how I was going to get up and speak myself after your superb words of welcome, Paul. Thank you for creating and leading such a gentle and loving goodbye to J at Greenacres. We will all be forever grateful , and it was my pleasure to thank you, personally, during my time speaking about J’s life. Both yourself, and the Co-op, went above and beyond to support me. Love R and families.
11th January 2021: Hi Paul, I just wanted to thank you once again for the beautiful service you gave for Mum and Dad yesterday at Parndon Wood. I have had so many people who were watching online contact me yesterday and today, saying how lovely the service was. They all thought what a wonderful idea to have the rosemary – and we really do have you to thank for that. So, once again, many thanks, Paul. Stay safe, and take care, Love Sue, Paul, Keith and Gina.
13th January 2021: Paul, I just wanted to thank you again for leading such a gentle farewell to R at Parndon Wood – and in accommodating the last minute family speakers. Your words were beautifully focussed and delivered with genuine warmth. Thank you, again, for all your help over the last week. D.
14th January 2021: Thanks, Paul for a beautiful send-off for Mum today. The whole service was just so ‘her’! A ‘nice’ day, if that’s possible. S and family.
18th January 2021: Thank you Paul, for giving Mum such a lovely send-off at Forest Park today…it was a beautiful service. From C, R and families.
22nd January 2021: Paul – we just wanted to say what a lovely service it was for Dad this morning. You spoke about his life beautifully…and, as we wished, the sun shone, too. Love, J, M,& L.
25th January 2021: (Received via Facebook from the family on 26th Jan): “Hello Paul…I wanted to say a big thank you for leading Phyllis’s service yesterday at Forest Park. I have had scores of people (from all over the world) texting me to say how beautiful it was. I thought that all yur words dovetailed beautifully with K’s tribute, too. Thank you again, Paul. Good wishes, Hazel”.
28th January 2021: (Received by E-mail 4th February) Hello Paul, a week has passed since mum’s funeral and I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful way you delivered the service. We have had lots of positive feedback from family and friends who watched online and I know it was you who held it all together. So thank you from all of us. Best wishes, Sam.
28th January 2021: Thanks again for all your hard work over the last couple of weeks, Paul. The send-off Dad got on Thuursday afternoon was exactly what we wanted for him – especially with him making his last grand entrance on the back of a flat bed lorry. Take care now, G & R.
1st February 2021: Hi Paul. On behalf of myself, J and C, I would like to thank you for the service on Monday. It was very well received and I believe was as close to an accurate tribute to Ian we could have achieved. I’m glad we saw some neighbours and friends he had made on his journey and I’m sure he we will be sadly missed. Thanks again, A.
3rd February 2021: (Received via Facebook from the family on 4th February):
Dear Paul – Thank you so much for leading the service for our late Father so beautifully yesterday. You set just the right tone: Calm, respectful and upbeat at the right places. You spoke so clearly and at just the right pace, and everyone on the livestream said they could hear you perfectly. I also wanted to say that you made a difficult task easy. Your communication with us beforehand was excellent, and your experience and suggestions were invaluable in helping us to tie everything together, including accommodating an aunt who didn’t want to tell us what she was going to say until the actual event! Thank you again for your professionalism, friendly manner, and great delivery of the service. We could not have given my father a more perfect send-off. Love E, D, J, J and families.
4th February 2021: Thank you Paul for the lovely service you gave for Mum at Parndon Wood this morning – it was lovely and gentle. Many thanks, I and family.
5th February 2021: Hello Paul. I’d like to thank you again from myself and my family for putting together a most beautiful and perfect service for my father Patrick, it could not have been done any better, again thank you so much. Love J, J, G, C and family.
10th February 2021: Dear Paul, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful service you presented yesterday. We have had so many messages from family and friends, saying how beautiful the service was. With your help we feel as if we have made J proud. Thank you so much. With kindest regards, C and family .
11th February 2021: Hi Paul, I can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us today in giving Snowy a great send off. It was perfect. Love J, V and families.
12th February 2021: Dear Paul….I just wanted to say that you are amazing! The whole service was amazing – and, once again, thank you very much. S and family.
22nd February 2021: Hi Paul, I just wanted to say thank you again for the lovely tribute you crafted for June on Monday. It did her proud, and was very warmly appreciated by everyone. Best wishes, I and family.
26th February 2021: Hi Paul, Just a thank you from the family for making a difficult day run smoothly. we had a full house and the tributes were very fitting and warmly received. we had family members from every corner of the planet watching remotely (from the Philippines and Australia, to Ireland and here, in the UK). Thanking you again. B, M B, R and families.
1st March 2021: Paul – you have been superb to us. Thank you for the lovely service you led for Mum at Manor Park, it really was perfect. Love R, S, T, G and families.
4th March 2021: Thanks again for everything you did for us today, Paul. Everyone mentioned hat a great tribute you gave – very heartfelt. Thanks, too, for the beautiful presentation script. We really appreciate you doing that for us. Love, G and families.
4th March 2021: Hi Paul. I can not even begin to thank you enough for the beautiful service you gave for little C. We will be forever grateful, and you will never be forgotten – just like C. The keepsake copies to go in his memory box are absolutely stunning. Take care, Paul. Love S, H, D and family x.
5th March 2021: Paul, thank you for all your help over the past couple of weeks in ensuring we gave Dad a lovely send-off at Parndon Wood today.
9th March 2021: Hi Paul, thank you for everything in the lead up to Mum’s service today – everyone said how lovely it was. From R, H and families.
11th March 2021: The lovely service you created for Dad was far more comprehensive than we were expecting. We were only too aware how difficult your job was, as you received information in different meetings, from different people and in different mediums. Under those circumstance, we all agreed you did a wonderful job. On the day, it was word perfect – and if Dad had been sitting in the audience listening, he would have been very impressed. With thanks for all your help and guidance over the last couple of weeks – J, B, A and R.
16th March 2021: Dear Paul, You did brilliantly for us today; in every way – and the Rosemary was a wonderful touch which everyone mentioned. So appropriate. I hope we can meet again sometime. Thank you, again and again. J, A, T and family.
19th March 2021: Thank you, Paul. W deserved a great send-off, and you ensured it happened! The way you supported us, and conducted yourself on the day was absolutely perfect. W certainly did him proud. Love J and family.
19th March 2021: That was such a lovely service, Paul. I couldn’t believe it when we were able to have it outside on the patio in the early spring sunshine at Herongate Wood. That just made the day even better. Thank you for all your help and support. N and families.
31st March 2021: Thanks so much for today, Paul. You pulled the whole service together perfectly – and we’ve received so many lovely comments. Thank you for all your gentle support and guidance over the last week. L and families.
1st April 2021: Paul, you have been such a great support to me over the last couple of weeks. You delivered the whole service beautifully and did my brother proud. I just hope we don’t have to meet again any time soon. Enjoy the cupcakes! Lesley.
14th April 2021: Thanks for the lovely service for M, everything went perfectly.
16th April 2021: Thank you for all your help over the past 7 days, Paul. We thought everything went off very well this afternoon. From James and family.
22nd April 2021: Paul, I just wanted to call you to thank you properly for all of your help and services in relation to R’s Funeral at Herongate Wood on Thursday. So many people came up to me and said what a beautiful Funeral it was. Some of that was down to you, some of it was down to the beautiful coffin and the Funeral Director – but everyone loved it. You did an excellent job. Thank you once again, Love G, J, D and family.
23rd April 2021: Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, Paul. You were truly outstanding on Friday afternoon. We just wanted to message you on behalf of Dad and our family and we thank you so very much for making my Nan’s last day on earth so wonderful. It was super special to all of us and we couldn’t have done it without you. Lots of Love, from all of C’s family.
4th May 2021: Paul, Just a special word of thanks to you for all your work on R’s funeral. You went to a great deal of trouble and all the feedback from the streaming was that the service was greatly appreciated. It was described as a caring, loving and thoughtful tribute. It cannot have been easy for you, but you struck just the right balance for a service which must have been quite different from most of the services you prepare for. I really appreciated your support and advice throughout. Best wishes, Ian.
5th May 2021: Many thanks for all of your kind support and guidance over the last couple of weeks Paul, resulting in a lovely send off for D at Parndon Wood on his last day. From all D’s family and friends.
14th May 2021: Hi Paul, I just wanted to say thank you once again for your support and lovely service today. We felt fully supported by both yourself and the Funeral Director today. You really took your time with us and got a great insight into our Mum. The service you lead sounded as though you’d actually met Mum, and everyone said how touching and personal it was. We think Mum, herself, would have loved it, even though she was the centre of attention!! So, once again, thank you. Love Kelly and family.
26th May 2021: Dear Paul. From the word ‘go’ we had every confidence that you would create and lead a fitting farewell for Mum – and on the day that didn’t disappoint. Both yourself and the Funeral Director were exceptional. From A, A and family.
1st June 2021: Thanks for all of your help and support over the last 10 days Paul – and for leading such a heartfelt service in the most difficult of circumstances. As soon as I read your beautiful words, I was in tears. The sun shone bright on his final day…just as I’d wished. Love C and family.
2nd June 2021: Dear Paul, I had intended to speak to you after D’s service last week, but found myself travelling home having missed the opportunity. I had been anxious about organising such an important occasion, but with your help and thoughtful contribution, we were able to remember D with sadness in our hearts, but also with a smile. Someone so special to me – and I am sure the loving goodbye from everyone would have pleased and comforted him. Thank you so much for being with us. Love D & the whole family.
4th June 2021: Hi Paul, I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful service for Dave yesterday. I was so pleased with how it all came together and represented his life in a celebratory way. Everyone who was there and those who watched online have said how fitting it and moving it was. Best wishes , Sharon.
7th June 2021: Dear Paul, Thank you so much for helping make R’s Funeral the celebration of his life that we wanted. We are indebted to you for your consideration and understanding of our need to convey his character throughout the service. We have heard from friends who watched via the internet, and their reaction was the same as friends and family who were at the actual service: ‘You did him proud!’ Love B and family.
11th June 2021: Dear Paul. Thank you so much for the wonderful tribute to my Johnny. Everything was perfect. We did look for you afterwards to come back for a drink, but someone said you had to get off quickly. Anyway Paul, thanks again for everything you’ve done for us. You done him proud – and please accept this gesture and have a bottle of wine on John. Love L and family.
14th June 2021: Paul – thank you for a lovely service for M. It was so personal to him, we couldn’t have asked for me. Love N J and M’s family.
18th June 2021: (23rd June) Dear Paul, Thank you so much for conducting Jim’s service last week. It was everything I wanted it to be. Meeting you last year through C at his Funeral was one of those lucky moments in life. Isn’t it strange how life can happen. Many friends have spoken of your sensitivity and natural style. You have a real gift – and ‘thank you’ for it. Best wishes for the future, Jo & Helen.
23rd June 2021: Thank you for today, Paul. Everyone said what a lovely service – and such a good send off for N. Love S and families.
25th June 2021: Paul – thanks for giving Mum such a brilliant send off at Parndon Wood today – and for all your help and support over the last week.
15th July 2021: Dear Paul, I just wanted to say a big thank you for the lovely service you did for my Mum. Everyone commented on how lovely the service was and how it was a real tribute to mum’s life. One of my friends who watched the webcast said it was the best eulogy they had seen. It helped to ease the pain of the loss of mum and remember her in her best times. Thank you again, Best regards, Lesley.
Thank you for such a touching and moving tribute to Mum’s life – you captured it all so well. Thanks, also, for all your kind help and support over the last week. Best wishes, L & M.
15th July 2021: Dear Paul: I cannot thank you enough for all that you did to give my Dad, Mike, such an elegant and caring farewell. Your support, advice, wisdom and caring organisation was outstanding from start to finish. I meant it when I said it was one of the best Funerals I have ever been to – and I’ve been to many. Your words throughout the Ceremony were perfect: Mum was so pleased. You made her feel proud of Mike, rather than sad and mournful. A Funeral for a husband of 66 years could not be more painful, but you turned it into something very special and memorable. Simple, elegant, graceful, caring and deeply respectful. Paul – a million thanks. Bets wishes, Phil and family.
16th July 2021: Paul – I don’t need to guess whether that went well, I can absolutely tell you that it did. You gave A such a good send-off and we were so pleased to see everyone get totally behind your Doctor Who themed words of committal – one of his greatest sci-fi passions! Thanks for all that you’ve done for us. S & B.
23rd July 2021: Dear Paul, Many sincere thanks for the gentle farewell you gave my Sister this afternoon at New Southgate. It was just perfect for her – you ‘got’ what I was after and I couldn’t have been more pleased with how gently you lead us. P.
26th July 2021: Dear Paul, Thank you so much for the superb send-off you gave Mum. You knew I wanted to have a Green use Celebrant – and you didn’t disappoint. The feedback I have been receiving from family and friends has been 100% positive. They all thought you were wonderful. Lots of love, Christine.
27th July 2021: Thank you for the lovely service you gave for J at Weeley Crematorium, taking the time to do two home visits, to family and friends to bring her 93 years together. We were so impressed with how you told her story on the day – it was as if you’d known her the whole time. Thank you for all your understanding and support over the last month you’ve helped us. From S, P and J.
30th July 2021: Paul. That was absolutely perfect! I can not thank you enough for everything you have done for us as a family. You listened and articulated what needed to be said so well – saying that I wanted to say myself, but couldn’t. Not only did you do that, but you created the healing space we all needed so much. I couldn’t have asked for more from you. With thanks, D, V and family.
12th August 2021: Dear Paul. Thank you so much for all the work you have undertaken for my uncles funeral. We have had feedback now from the family in Australia and in Sunderland saying how lovely your service was and that it would have been just what Ken would have wanted, and how glad they were to have taken part at a distance. Also thank you for being ‘David Bailey’ and taking snaps of us all together; usually someone is missing while they perform that service so it was much appreciated. Many thanks again and best wishes, Janet.
12th August 2021: Many thanks for all your hard work for G’s Funeral. You supported us so well and you really do have a talent for speaking. Love I & S and family.
13th August 2021: Thanks for all you did for us at R’s service at Enfield this afternoon. It all went off perfectly. With thanks, J, S and families.
18th August 2021: I was so pleased you were recommended to me, Paul. The service you created for Mum was just perfect and gave me all the space I needed to talk about her life, which was so important to me. Many thanks again, S.
24th August 2021: Paul.I just had to say thank you once again for your amazing contribution to Mum’s funeral. We could not have had a more perfect send off for her. Every tiny aspect, even the weather, played out perfectly. The most important part of the proceedings was always going to be the words spoken. Passing the responsibility of speaking about our lovely Mum was a difficult task. But we knew as soon as we met that this was going to work. You skilfully elicited valuable pieces of information about her life and character and put it together perfectly. The delivery was equally superb. Every person at the funeral couldn’t believe you weren’t part of the family such was your summation of all of the facets of her life. You are now officially an honorary member of the Power family! Paul, on behalf of myself, T, C and all the family our sincere thanks and appreciation. Kindest regards, V.
26th August 2021: Dear Paul, We were so glad that you were available to do Mum’s Funeral after you did such a wonderful job at Nan’s last month. The space you created for Mum, was just so full of love. Everyone deeply appreciated the opportunity of writing messages on cards to go with Mum on her final journey – so many people didn’t get to say goodbye in person, and that give them their own voice on the day. Bless you, Paul. Love R, C and all of C’s family.
02 September 2021: Paul, thank you for helping us again with laying Mum & Dad’s ashes to rest this afternoon. It was lovely to have you with us after you led their funerals back in January. With all our love, Sue & Keith.
06 September 2021: Paul, the whole service you put together for Mum was just brilliant. we couldn’t have given her a better send off. You really did her (and us) proud. J, H, J and Families.
09 September 2021: Thank you for all your support over the last two and a half weeks, Paul. You gave R such a beautiful service this afternoon – and accommodated some very last minute changes. It was horrendous for all of us – how do you say goodbye to someone so young. But you talked about her life in such a respectful, yet down to earth way and made it all about the love. Many thanks again, B & L.
13 September 2021: Paul…Well done on leading our full double slot Funeral for Dave. We knew we had the best man for the job and everyone spoke about you at the wake: Form how clearly you spoke, to how calm you were. Your guidance, support and reassurance have all been deeply appreciated. I, D and E.
25th September 2021: Paul, once again, you and N absolutely surpassed all our expectations in delivering such a special and heartfelt service as we said goodbye today. We can’t thank you enough for being available. J & A.
13th October 2021: For the third time Paul, we can honestly say that your service for Dad was unforgettable and truly worth the wait to have you lead it. Everyone thought the afternoon went off perfectly. With love, P & D.
22nd October 2021: Paul, Just wanted to say a great big ‘thank you’ for conducting such a beautiful service for John on Friday. You made such a hard day into something we will remember always. Many thanks, Anne & family.
22nd October 2021: Dear Paul, Thank you, thank you for being our Celebrant at Dad’s funeral yesterday! From your very first contact with us, you were professional, thoughtful and just so kind and you made the planning exceptionally easy for us. The whole family was delighted with the Service and how all of the arrangements went and, most importantly, we know that Dad would be very happy too. So many there yesterday commented on how personal the service was and that it reflected Dad so well. Many also noted that it was as if you had known Dad too – it was so evident that you had asked us all of the right questions when we met not even a week ago; that you had listened to and observed Anne and I carefully; and that you then invested time and love into ensuring your words were personal and fitting, weaving in the various themes so cleverly. As I said on the phone, your contributions were “brilliant” and we wouldn’t have changed a thing. We also really appreciated the opportunity of being able to read the entire service through in advance as it meant we could relax – there would be no surprises. Personally, despite everything, I ‘enjoyed’ Dad’s funeral more than any other I have attended, I think, because it felt so comfortable and right from start to finish. How wonderful!
27th October 2021: Dear Paul, I would just like to thank you on behalf of myself and everyone who attended the service for Angie. You did a marvellous job and treated the words, sentiments and music with the utmost professionalism and thoughtfulness. Angie would have approved of everything we planned for her, although she wouldn’t have liked the fuss! I will remember for a very long time everything that went into the service today – and you were largely responsible for that. With many thanks and all good wishes, Christine.
28th October 2021: Dear Paul. How serendipitous to be looking online for pictures of the chapels at Chelmsford Crematorium and find not just those, but a truly gifted Celebrant to lead Dad’s service. All the family commented on what a lovely service it was – as did the Funeral Director herself – who said she’s seen many in her time, but this would count as one of the best. Together, I think we gave Dad the beautiful, warm send-off he deserved and the whole family are grateful to you for that. With my thanks and warmest wishes, Sue & Alan.
4th November 2021: Paul, thank you for your professionalism today and for making what was such a difficult and stressful time for all of us as gentle and loving as it could be. Your guidance, empathy and support have shone out from beginning to end. Sarah & Susan.
5th November 2021: Hi Paul, I just want to say a big thank you. You did a fabulous job in putting together the eulogy for Dave’s service, having only met the family for a couple of hours. Everyone said it was a great tribute to him. You played a huge part in helping us get through a very difficult day and I can’t thank you enough for your skill and sensitivity. Best wishes, Carole
12th November 2021: I was delighted when Paul was recommended to me for my Mum’s Funeral, as I had first witnessed his work at another service three years ago. But now, this was my mothers funeral, so I wanted it all to be as good as it possible could. Paul did not disappoint. Extremely professional from our first meeting right through to delivering a befitting service, Paul’s work is excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend him. Kevin H.
15th November 2021: Paul – thank you from all of us for leading such a lovely tribute to J. It made everyone smile – even the occasional laugh – as we remembered all the good and happy times we all shared throughout his more than 9 decades. Love A and family.
16th November 2021: Paul, we all wanted to say a huge thank you for the service you led for Mum at City of London. It was perfect. With many thanks again, S and family.
25th November 2021: Thank you so much for today, Paul. Everyone has said how lovely it was and how well you did for J, so thank you for leading the service. He would have got on with you well, I think – and I think he would have been touched by everyone’s kindness. It takes a pretty special person to be able to do your job – you do it so well, and it really makes a big difference to have someone so lovely. Thank you again Paul. Kind regards, Emma and family.
29th November 2021: Hi Paul. We were so glad you were available for us again to lead Mum’s service, having only last helped us barely 6 months ago. We really did appreciate your input, empathy and compassion at this sad time in our lives, and Mum’s tribute was wonderful. Many people commented on the facts that they had learned about Mum through her tribute and, as a family, we feel we did Mum proud! Once again a big ‘thank you’ from all of us.
30th November 2021: Paul, thank you for such a lovely service for A this afternoon – and for putting together a few finishing touches to make it more personal. You bought it all together perfectly, and even last minute changes whilst the service was going on didn’t fluster you – you simply capitalised on the free time and, without missing a beat, kindly gave someone else the opportunity to speak in the minutes set aside – that made such a huge difference. Many thanks again, L & L.
7th December 2021: Hi Paul, I just wanted to thank you for the lovely service you performed on Tuesday 7th December for Dad’s funeral. We are so grateful for the time and effort you took to ensure that the eulogy captured Dad and his life. Everyone who attended the wake expressed how impressed they were with what was said, and how heartfelt it was, so thank you for putting in so much effort to say what we felt needed saying, but were unable to say ourselves. We spent the following five hours laughing and remembering Dad, which has helped us deal with the grief we are both feeling. Once again, thank you again for helping make what was a difficult day a little easier to bear. Kind regards and best wishes, L & A.
8th December 2021: Dear Paul, Just a quick email to say thank you so very much for making today so very well and fitting to Dad. From dealing with us before and during the lead-up to the service, to your calm and considerate presence during it, you helped ensure that it was both an event that those attending enjoyed, and which dad himself would have been pleased with. Many people commented afterwards as to the amazing service – and also in relation to you in particular – as to how well you conducted the service and imparted the essence of Dad. A couple of people even asked if you were family as it was delivered with so much feeling. Thank you, also, for allowing the longest funeral ever to find its way to Greenacres that day at 1 hour 22 minutes. Many people said they actually didn’t want it to end! I think they were quite taken by the content of dads life! Again thank you for your care of us, and for how you ensured every detail for today went as well as it did. M & T.
13th December 2021: Paul – everyone thought it was the perfect service for JB’s big character. The way you spoke about him was amazing, even speaking some of the service in French (which made a huge difference to people watching from France). I am also grateful that you provided a French translation of the entire service for JB’s brother to follow on the day. Many thanks again for all you have done to support us. K & Family.
15th December 2021: Thanks for all you did for us for Mum’s service today – everyone thought it communicated Mum’s essence beautifully – and it really must take it out of you on the day putting so much effort in to delivering your services to this high standard. With much appreciation, A, S and family.
16th December 2021: Paul, I’d like to thank you for all you’ve doen for me and my family in the lead up to Mum’s funeral, and on the day itself at Enfield. I couldn’t have asked for more from you – you’ve been incredibly kind. With warmest wishes, K and family
17th December 2021: Paul, on behalf of our family, we’d like to thank you for putting such a beautiful service together for Mum and supporting us so well on the afternoon of her final day with us. With our best wishes, M, S and family.
20th December 2021: Dear Paul – your service for Dad was superb. Exactly the right balance of humour, solemnity and respect we wanted to have for his last day. Thank you for all the kindness you’ve shown us over the last 2 weeks, it has been greatly appreciated. A, E and family.
23rd December 2021: Paul, we wanted to say thank you for all you did to ensure Dad’s service went so well this morning, and for supporting us to all speak at his Funeral. Mum really was very pleased with you. Love S, J and R.
23rd December 2021: Dear Paul – we just wanted to thank you for an amazing service. You are an absolute angel and provided so much comfort and support to us. It was 45 minutes full of all the love we wanted to give Dad on his final day with us, and your patience with us helped to bring it all together beautifully on the day. Love S, E, N and family.