Testimonials 

A selection from 2020

 

Hi Phil,

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you so much for leading the service for Jean on Monday.

From the feedback we received, everyone agreed it was a fitting send-off for her, and accurately reflected both her life and character. Rachel and I are very grateful for everything you did to calmly lead us through this difficult time, and honour mum in an appropriate way.

We wish you all the best for a great Xmas, and hopefully a better 2021!

James

 

Hi Philip,

Thank you so much for 'hosting' Max's send off last Monday at Bluebell Cemetery. The warmth and fun with which you sprinkled the proceedings would I am sure have given Max a chuckle and on an otherwise sombre day it lifted the hearts of those able to come and pay their due respects. I know the family were very pleased with the way you conducted the ceremony and for my part, deepest thanks for the consideration you gave to my old and dearest friend and all who loved him.

All the best,

Geoff Manger

 

 

Dear Philip,

 

We wish to thank you for all your help in making our mother's funeral go well.

 

From the first time I phoned you I felt assured that you understood the way in which we wanted to celebrate her life. By patient and attentive listening and tactful suggestions you enabled us to bring together our different ideas to create a clear plan.

 

On the day you were a calm and reassuring presence, and ensured that, despite the number of speakers in a short time, everything ran smoothly.

 

Your own well chosen words for the address and committal fitted well with our intentions. We look forward to receiving a copy of your words. As you know, we are intending to produce a Celebration of the Life booklet including all the words spoken at the funeral, to be sent to relatives and friends. Would you be happy for your words to be included in this?  

 

Thank you again for enabling us to create a beautiful celebration of a long life well lived. 

 

With best wishes,

 

John, Helen and Danny

 

 

Dear Phil,

Thank you for a wonderful service today if you can describe a funeral like that, but I thought it was. I think Mum would have been very impressed with her send off.

Every body said how lovely it was and how you captured mum so well, which you certainly did.

I hadn’t told anyone about the roses but Sam and Matt, although upset, said it was in a very good way, so thank you for the suggestion.

Your words and my song choices made it absolutely perfect for Mum.

Many, many Thanks

Kind regards Trish.

 

 

Dear Phil,

Just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to you for the service you gave at my mum’s funeral this afternoon. As always, you were brilliant!!

Thank you once again Phil.

Take care.

Love Jilly. XXXX

 

 

 Good morning Philip

 We just wanted to thank you again for all of your help making Mum’s final journey go so well. Many people commented on how beautiful the service was and I feel that Mum would have been pleased with it. Hopefully I won’t need your services again for a while but would definitely contact you when I do and recommend you to anyone in our position.

 

Kind regards

 Lin Higgs & Jim Avis

 

 

The funeral for Robert Porteous. Matthew Uden and Spencer Baxter from W Uden and Sons are thanked in the message below.

 

 

Hi Spencer, Philip and Matthew,

 

I wanted to drop you all a line, on behalf of me and my sisters, and our families, to thank you for everything on Friday.

 

Despite the limited numbers, it was such a lovely service, with some little touches that made it so very personal to us, and which certainly made us smile. Thank you for that Philip.

 

Spencer, thank you for looking after us on the day, and for the care and respect you all gave to Dad on his final journey. And to Matthew, thank you for looking after him while he was with you in the Chapel of Rest.

 

Having Dad’s old friend and Scots Guard Dixie with us was an honour that was made even more special by his piping of Dad’s own composition.

 

Finally, thank you for taking the videos. We’ve been able to pass them on to the members of our family who were sad, but understanding, at not being able to come to say goodbye in person.

 

 

 

Heartfelt thanks,

 

Linda, Debbie and Diane.

 

 

Hi Philip

 

Now I’m in and settled - I just wanted to say a HUGE thanks to you for such a WONDERFUL service for Mum today - you made it so personal and special for her - and everyone said it was ‘so her’ !!!!

 

You set my mind at ease everything was going to be ok the first time I spoke to you - and today just proved it - it was perfect from start to finish - and just hope my kids find ‘a clone of you’ when it’s my turn !!!  Not for years I hope tho ??

 

Mum would have loved it too !!!  So thanks Philip from her - me and all the family

 

Stay safe

 

Kind regards

 

Jacqui Cohen

 

 

Dear Philip,

 

Stephen and I want to thank you for conducting such a beautiful and fitting service for Pate’s funeral and life celebration.

 

We both thought everything hit the right note, and your input was the icing on the cake. Your speeches were so intuitive, it’s as though you had met Pate before his passing, and he would have loved the low key and subtle way his family said their farewells. As you said, “you’ll know on the day whether you want to get up and speak”, and that of course was true. Personally, I knew I had to support Stephen with the Eulogy, and I’m SO pleased I did, hopefully Pate would be proud of us all (and obviously we have inherited Pate’s water works !).

 

I am also over the moon that we chose a memory tribute, not a dry eye in the house, my son Jonny summed it up by saying, “he had only ever known his Grandad as an older man, when he saw the black and white photos of the Army Cadet and Football Player, it hit home what a full and wonderful life his Grandad had led.” Thank you for persuading me (in a subtle way) to consider all options, we all thought Thames View was an absolutely perfect choice, fine weather and as they say, “the sun always shines on the righteous”.

 

It was such a special service, beyond all our expectations and it’s because of you that it was so memorable. We have had so many compliments from the webcast praising the content and how Harry would have loved it, so thanks again and wish you all the best in your future endeavours in helping other families say their “goodbyes”.

 

With Best Wishes,

Alison, Stephen and families

 

Dear Philip

 

Just a few personal words to say thank you so much for the beautiful way you conducted the service for dad yesterday.  You were so sensitive, yet thoughtful to all.  (A natural talent) up to you if you put that in ?

 

I felt you served us all very well and not least of all our wonderful dad.  He would of been so pleased to of known you I am sure.  As I mentioned he was quick to work out if you were genuine or not and you certainly was that.

 

May you continue well in all you are doing to support and navigate loved ones through both the sorrows and the joys of different types of services you offer.

 

My brother may well write something but I wanted to personally thank you myself as I didn't get to do that yesterday.

 

Every blessing and God bless,

Suzanne

 

 

I would just like to say a big thank you from myself and the family for the service on Friday for Andrew Richardson.  Thank you for all your help and kinds words before the service,you  made it so much easier as you are a very kind person and easy to talk to and are very understanding.  The service was really lovely.

 

Thank you so much

 

Deborah. 

 

 

Hi Philip

 

Thank you again for everything you have done for mum’s funeral and all the support.  Everyone said the service was just so personal and mum.  Her sister said it bought back so many memories, C. was so interested in her life and has asked me lots of questions since and my brother just sat there nodding remembering... as it should be and my B. held it until the end and then broke her heart with me...and then J. , my mum would have approved!! 

 

So great you thought of mums love of fish and chips, you have to spend a good while studying the menu first!  

 

I feel blessed that you took my mums funeral service you made everything a lot easier along with the fantastic Udens.  I wish you and you family health and safety.  

 

Take care and many thanks again,

 

D. and Family

 

 

 

Hi Philip

 Just watched Martin's service online, I wanted to thank you very much for your kind words, they made my husband and I laugh and cry, typical Martin!

 

 We were very sad that we could not attend personally, but our hotel closed and the 420 mile round trip was too much of a risk at this time, if you get a chance please thank the guys at the crematorium for streaming the service.

 

 Thank you again

 

 Debbie, big sister to Martin x

 

 

Hi Philip

 

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for today.

 

Everybody we spoke to today had praised you, and personally, you got me through my speech.

 

You made a hard day a lot better.

 

Thank you again

 

Best wishes

 

Charlie

 

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Phil wholeheartedly for his role as celebrant in my Dad’s funeral. Phil’s job was a fairly complex one as, due to dementia, my mother was unable to help with details about my Dad’s life. Together with Phil, my brother and I, managed to fill in the gaps relating to my Dad’s early years. Phil made every effort to really get to know the man that my father was. He contacted my Dad’s friends independently to obtain additional stories which made the funeral more special.
Phil was reliable, organised, easily contactable and truly caring.
I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Emma Curtis

 

Dear Phil

On behalf of the family I am writing to express my appreciation of your sensitive and compassionate handling of Grahams Celebration of Life. You turned a jumble of random ideas into a real celebration for us.

Thank you for all your support and understanding during the process of collecting our thoughts.We were so happy with the end result,and all who attended were both moved and proud to have been a part of Grahams life.

Kind regards

Felicity 

 

 

Phil,

Thank you ever so much for sending through the service for Pat.

Reading through the service it reminded me of how well it went and of the lovely words you, Claire and Lee delivered on the day.

Deb and I would like to thank you for the time you gave us, that was far above and beyond the call of duty.

We enjoyed meeting with you. You made the whole process so much easier, with your understanding and professionalism. The amount of time we know you spent listening to music, to make sure we had the rIght songs on the day, was appreciated by us and complemented the lovely words you wrote.

So from both of us we give you our heartfelt thanks and wish you and your family a very happy Christmas.

 

Regards

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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