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Customer Testimonials

Dear Vashti, We wanted to express our sincere thanks for the wonderful tribute you gave at Dad’s funeral. You helped put us at ease and to make it the celebration and send off that we wanted. It doesn’t feel right to talk about ‘nice’ funerals however a number of our friends awkwardly told us that it was ‘the best’ or ‘the nicest’ funeral they had attended. So many of our friends and relatives commented on how special you’d made it and one told us they assumed that you must be a family member to have delivered such a lovely tribute. We know that we had a big part to play in telling you Dad’s history, but your ability to listen to us and turn it into such a wonderful story is truly amazing. Thank you With love from Harry, Jo & Daren XxX 

(February 2018)

Hello VashtiI wanted to drop you a quick line to say we had so much feedback after the service today from those who attended and it was all so positive. I heard “it was the nicest service I have been to and the lady who led it was amazing” more than once. I had high expectations following the build up from Louise but these were exceeded considerably! I had planned to block out every word you said to get through it but I listened to them all. You read my words better than I could ever have envisioned,it was all so perfect.I’ll never be able to thank you enough so I hope this message goes a small way to convey my gratitude. Thank you. Stuart (February 2018)

Hello Vashti, The family has unanimously agreed that the service for Ted was a ‘good’ and fitting event, a ‘success’ in everyday language although it may seem insensitive to say such in the context. Ted would have approved. Much of that came from your thought, preparation and delivery to us all on the day, for which we thank you sincerely. I think we found a good balance between respect and humour, duty and levity and achieved, as we had hoped, letting the family in on some previously unappreciated details of a life well-lived. Thank you once again for guiding us through the day and leaving us with something we are glad to remember. Kind regards, David 

(February 2018)

Thank you so much for such a lovely ceremony today for Sheila’s funeral. Everyone said how beautiful it was, almost like you knew her so well. Thank you for spending the time with our children showing them around the chapel before the service so they knew what was going to happen all the way through. with love Jackie Adrian Trevor Stuart Ella and Ben xx 

(February 2018)

Dear Vashti, Pam, Mary and I would like to thank you for the loving farewell you gave for my dad Jack Makey last Tuesday. The weather was cold but you gave warmth to the service and celebration of Jack’s life. Everybody present said wonderful things about how you conducted proceedings and the gentle words of comfort you said. I’m so pleased for my dad that his farewell was so fitting of a true gentleman. Thank you and best wishes Martin Mary Pam and family 

(February 2018)

Vashti, I was present at the ceremony you conducted at for Mick yesterday. It was sincere, thoughtful and moving. Afterwards my wife and I easily agreed that it is probably the nicest funeral/ceremony/celebration we have ever been to and it has left us with food for thought. I wanted to be sure to tell you this. Regards, Graham 

(January 2018)

This year Vashti has given a perfect service for my Nan's funeral and a beautiful blessing for my wedding. Vashti is such a lovely person and spends time listening to your stories and how you want your ceremonies to go. A lot of love and care goes into anything she does and we are so pleased she has been able to help us with two very special events this year. Thank you again Vashti. X 

(December 2017)

Dearest Vashti, On behalf of all my family, we send our heartfelt thanks to you for a wonderful funeral for our darling Tony. It was so beautiful and I know Tony would have been nodding his head in agreement with all that you said and the compassion you showed in our family tribute. Several people that came back to his home for refreshments and reflections said that they thought everything you said and the running of the service was most beautiful and very apt for him. You are a lovely lady and I cannot thank you enough for what you said and did. My kindest regards Pam 
(October 2017)

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Dear Vashti, thank you so much for today - you got great 'reviews' as I knew you would! 'the dash' was loved by everyone. Love Lorraine xx (August 2017)

Hi Vashti, Thank you so much for yesterday. We had nothing but glowing compliments about the service and how you prepared it. Every single person that I spoke to said it was the perfect send off for Dad. Regards Mark (July 2017)
Oh, Vashti, you are beyond welcome. Your gentle guidance helped us to bring the service that was in my head for my Bob into reality - and I shall be eternally grateful. (And you just seemed to 'get us!' Have you been part of our family for years and we've only just found you?!)  Take care, Vashti, and much love, Doreen xxx (June 2017) Oh, Vashti, you are beyond welcome. Your gentle guidance helped us to bring the service that was in my head for my Bob into reality - and I shall be eternally grateful. (And you just seemed to 'get us!' Have you been part of our family for years and we've only just found you?!) much love, Doreen xxx (June 2017) 

Dear Vashti, thank you so much for today - you got great 'reviews' as I knew you would! 'the dash' was loved by everyone. Love Lorraine xx (August 2017)

Hi Vashti, Thank you so much for yesterday. We had nothing but glowing compliments about the service and how you prepared it. Every single person that I spoke to said it was the perfect send off for Dad. Regards Mark (July 2017)

Oh, Vashti, Your gentle guidance helped us to bring the service that was in my head for my Bob into reality - and I shall be eternally grateful. (And you just seemed to 'get us!' Have you been part of our family for years and we've only just found you?!)  Take care, Vashti, and much love, Doreen xxx (June 2017) 

May I say a brilliant ceremony at Kitty's funeral today, a very well presented and interesting approach, well done Vashti and thank you again best regards Gray (May 2017)

Hi Vashti, Just a note to say thank you for a perfect Service for Mum (Phyllis). The atmosphere in the Chapel was one of love and warmth. We all felt you were at one with us which was special. Thanks for being such a loving kind person and making the day easier for us to cope with. Take care Vashti, Kind Regards, Elaine Ward. (April 2017)

Dear Vashti, The boys and I wanted to say thank you once more for the lovely service you arranged for Tony yesterday, so many people commented on it, I know we got it just right, it was perfect, right down to your  'Spurs pin'. They were so pleased to be able carry their dad into the chapel too, I knew they wanted too just needed a bit of encouragement. We won't forget Tony's special day. Best wishes Jackie, Dave and Matt x (March 2017)

Dear Vashti, Both Steve and I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful service you gave at Mums funeral on Friday. Your understanding, gentle and caring approach made such a difference to us. The support you gave from the very start was something that was invaluable to us. I was so totally overwhelmed when we arrived at the crematorium, but your hug and reassuring words helped to get me through such an emotional and difficult time. Mum was so special and had been the centre of our lives for such a long time, your whole approach made it seem as if you knew Mum and understood how special she was. We had so many comments about how beautiful and moving the service was and what a beautiful and reassuring voice you had throughout. Whilst I found it hard to follow everything that was being said, I have so much appreciated your thoughtful touch in giving me a copy of the service which I can read at a later date when I a feeling stronger. Having seen you at another funeral service both Steve and I knew that we wanted you to be there for Mums and we would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone else. Thank you so much once again Vashti. With love Susan xx (February 2017)

Hello Vashti, Many thanks for yesterday, it was an excellent service. Everybody said it was the best funeral service they had been to! You did a grand job, Cheers, Alan. (January 2017)

Dear Vashti, Thank you for the wonderful funeral service that you did for Dad yesterday. It was a true celebration of Franks life and gave us great comfort as a family Lv Lisa (December 2016)
Dear Vashti, Thank you for holding the space and service for my dad so beautifully, perfectly and gently. My dad would've loved it! Mum especially will treasure that day forever, it was a lovely day. You were one of the vital ingredients to ensuring the funeral was so manageable and splendid. Thank you so much. With Love Bates.(November 2016 - Funeral held in a barn theatre) 
Hi Vashti, I would just like to thank you very much for the beautiful service you over saw for my Mother Rose's funeral. Many of my family and friends commented on how nice the service was and how good you were. It was a very difficult day but the manner in which the service was conducted and arranged by you was lovely. I wish you every success in the future. Keith(October 2016)

Dear Vashti, This is just a little note to send a heartfelt thank you for the beautiful wedding ceremony you provided for us. It was truly perfect in every way and we've received so many wonderful compliments from our guests about how special and unique it all felt. We know our vows will hold strong for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much lots of love Joe and Joe. xxx

(September 2016)

Dear Vashti - Thank you so much for your beautiful service for Mum. Your attention to detail and inclusion of all the little snippets of information that we discussed when we met made it seem that you had known Mum for years. Your guidance and involvement made a difficult and emotional day so much easier than it might have been. All warmest regards and best wishes for the future. Bella (August 2016)

Hi Vashti, I would like to say thank you on behalf of our family for the beautiful service you did for mums funeral yesterday. We had so many comments about how beautiful and personal the service was. You are such a lovely lady kind and compassionate. You made our sad day very special. Lots of love Derek, Sharon and family x (August 2016)

"Hi Vashti, Just a quick note to say thank you so much for giving us the wedding ceremony of our dreams.

So many people complimented us on it's originality and laid back vibes - which is exactly what we were going for. It was such a pleasure to work with you - we'll certainly recommend you should the opportunity arise! Lots of Love Mike and Leonie xxx

(July 2016) 

Dear Vashti, On behalf of Neville, Sharon and myself I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful service for my Mum, Yvonne, that you led for us on Friday. Everyone commented afterwards on what a good service it was and how refreshing that it was personal to mum and how she was. I would also personally like to say thanks for giving me the confidence to be able to read the tribute, and for the copy of the service you presented to us. Although I was there I have to say that afterwards I did not really remember what had been said, so it was lovely to be able to read it and remember how appropriate and lovely your words had been. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone that needs a celebrant – for any occasion, Linda

(July 2016)

Hello Vashti, Just to say thank you so much for yesterday and making an unhappy day a bit more bearable. We definitely made the right decision having you do the service. Look after yourself and thank you. Polly (June 2016)

Dear Vashti, Just dropping you a line to say a huge thank you from both Antony and myself for the wonderful service you put together and conducted yesterday. Obviously these days are always tricky but your professional, yet sensitive approach made us feel completely safe in the knowledge that the service would be as we hoped.. Thank you for listening to us and understanding our wishes even in the short times we chatted. Many people commented on the service afterwards and several asked if you knew Rose personally; there can be no greater testament than that I guess. We have also passed our thanks on to the funeral home for recommending you, it seems this is a perfect vocation for you! Thank you so much for making a tough day a little easier. Leisa & Antony (May 2016)

Dear Vashti, Thank you so much for your wonderful attention to detail, support, warmth and empathy for my mother-in-law Wendy and our family. You made our children feel safe, involved and included and truly celebrated the life of my father-in-law Bill. You guided us through an emotional day with grace and confidence. Thank you for getting to know Bill and being part of his celebration. Kate xx (April 2016)

"Good Morning Vashti, I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you again for our son's naming ceremony.  We have had so many lovely comments about your service it has been amazing. A number of people also said they felt quite moved and emotional during the service, as it was so personal, something they didn't expect. Vicky" (Baby Naming April 2016)

Dear Vashti, Just wanted to say thank you very much for the beautiful service you did for my dad. Everyone was commenting afterwards how lovely and personal it was. Thank you so much for all your help. Best Wishes Mandy and Family (March 2016)

Dear Vashti. Just wanted to say thank you very much for the lovely service today for our mum.  You made it very special on such a sad day.  Best regards.  **** and family. (January 2016)

Dear Vashti, Thanks again for all you have done for us. It was a beautiful service. I am so pleased we found you through the Funeral Director, Lisa. It was a really special day. I will, should the need arise, pass on your number and my high recommendations. Amanda X (Burial, November 2015)

"Dear Vashti, I just wanted to say how lovely the service was . Lots of people afterwards asked me who you were as they liked your delivery and how clear and  full of warmth  your voice sounded . It can't be easy talking about someone that you don't know but I felt that you did , which is a credit to you .Thank you once again you were so right for us" Julie x.(October 2015)

"Hi Vashti, I wanted to say again a big thank you for your lovely words and your added feelings you brought to the service. Lots of people said what a good job you did so a big pat on the back for you. I was surprised to see four lovely presented scripts for each of us. I didn't expect that. I shall tell the funeral director how pleased I was today and if I can ever recommend you I shall happily do so." Best wishes Helen and family x.(October 2015)

"Hi Vashti - can I just say on behalf of myself and my family...and my mother, thanks for such a beautiful service. you really helped me a lot . I don't know what else to say today - but thank you for playing such an important part in the last chapter of my mums life -you will not be forgotten -" all my love Keith Cranfield. (October 2015)

"Hi Vashti, I just wanted to thank you for the lovely job you did for us on Thursday at the Stone Setting. ****** was just so delighted and that was really what I wanted most." David. Stone Setting Service, Lavender Hill Cemetery. (September 2015)

"Hi Vashti, Thank you so much for doing our lovely wedding ceremony it was lovely and everything was in place. Thank you so much for staying that extra half an hour it meant a lot to us." Annabel and Nadir's wedding(August 2015)

"Hi Vashti, we would also like to thank you once again for everything that you did to make Mum's and our day special, everyone who spoke to us after said that it was a very unique experience. They felt that the whole experience had been moving and beautiful." Best Wishes Sue and Steve. (August '15)

“Vashti, Thank you so much for yesterday’s service. Your attention to detail and inclusion of all the little snippets of information we gave you, was really lovely. By the end of the ceremony you almost felt like one of the family to me!" Take care, best wishes Claire. (July '15)

 “Thank you so much for all you have done for us x you were fantastic x never change your job you're really really good at what you do x thank you once again x and may life be good to you X”(July '15)

"Dear Vashti, just want to say from all of us a huge thank you for the beautiful service you gave for ******. It was lovely and heart warming. I think everyone there came and said to me "what a lovely service", even the men!! Again I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful thoughtful service." Much love Bridget, Si and Steve xxx" (June '15)

"We only met you just a week ago and you so perfectly got the measure of us all and so cleverly put together the "potted history" of our dad. Thank you Vashti - you are an amazing lady ...really professional and yet so warm and lovely at the same time (not always an easy balance!) " Julie Xxx  (June '15)

"Dear Vashti. Thank you very much for delivering Mum’s service today. I wanted you to know that all who came commented on how well you did it." With best wishes and thanks. Eileen (April '15)