Thank you so much for helping us to celebrate our dads life today. Your words and the photos that you put together were beautiful and helped us to give dad the special day that he deserved.
Everybody has commented on what a beautiful and unique service it was and how you really managed to convey what dad was like as a person.
Thank you once again, it really was a special service for a truly special man.
Lynsey, Martin and Phil x
Just a quick message to thank you so much for your guidance, organisation and presentation at Freda’s remembrance service yesterday, your content and delivery was so appropriate and perfectly commemorated Freda’s life.
The comments about Broad Meadow were appreciated by all the staff who attended and people commented that you must have known Freda well, as you perfectly reflected her personality and life.
Again, thank you so much for you professionalism and support.
Chris and Annette
We wanted to thank you for your sympathetic and understanding conduction of David's funeral. We are so grateful for the careful preparation you had obviously given to understand the man David was.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks.
****** and family.
Steve is a true professional. Kind, compassionate, sympathetic. His real gift was revealed in how he drew all our ideas together on the day of my father's funeral. He did it in such a highly polished and considerate way. Very impressive! Thoroughly recommend.
P.S. Thanks for the card Steve. Mum appreciated it.
Good morning Steve,
Just a short note to thank you for conducting my fathers Funeral Service on Monday 3rd it was much appreciated. We were all touched by your kind words and the way you conducted the service with dignity. Most people afterwards commented as to what a nice service it was and would have been just what Tom would have wanted.
Steve & Fiona
Being present to the suffering of others and responding from the heart with a desire to relieve suffering with kindness,
care and heart-based support, is my life's work.
Understanding compassion means that we understand what suffering means. We can suffer pain, distress and hardship,
but we can also suffer dissociation and inauthentic living too. I try very hard to be always consciously aware of this.
I remember having a coffee with a work colleague some years ago, who asked for a little of my time and to have a chat.
He began to tell me that he was very happy with his job and that he was also very proud of his new flat he had saved up
for and bought, and how he had tastefully decorated it and furnished it. He wanted me to know that he felt very comfortable with what he had achieved - and his eyes began to water. I assumed they were tears of joy and felt momentarily very happy for him.
But then, he slowly began to tell me that despite all of this he was feeling very lonely. His family had moved away. He wasn't a natural socialite, so had no meaningful friendships for all sorts of reasons. His real suffering was in his lack of integration and in his feeling of isolation. It was an incredibly moving encounter.
We chatted for several hours over many cups of coffee, but his punchline was his concluding comment before we parted ways:
"Thank you for being in the pain with me," he said. Suddenly, he wasn't feeling as isolated. Somebody had taken the time to listen and to be present with him.
The world is in greater need of compassion than ever before. Of course, we are not responsible for the lives of others, but I do believe we have a social responsibility. Acts of kindness, caring and support cost only a little time and effort and they will only ever increase the possibility of living peaceful lives.
Oh, I may be waiting, just anticipating
All of the things I may never possess,
But while I'm waiting,
I'll try a little tenderness.
- Otis Redding
Thank you to my friend for letting me share a little of his story with you.
We honestly can't thank Steve enough for the thought put into making our service so special and thoughtful. Such a lovely man with a heart of gold.
Respectful, welcoming and a really well thought out dignified service.
We will always remember our little Harley, but Steve will also be remembered, as he helped us so much, whether it be a simple idea or his lovely kind presence on the day. Thank you again.
Tom, Tam and the little ones
I would like to thank you for the lovely card received in today's post. It means such a lot that you're still thinking of me. The service was absolutely beautiful. Your words and the music and how you presented them were impeccable. You're a good man and you have been so kind and thoughtful. I am very grateful to the funeral home for recommending me to you. Do drop in for a cup of tea if you're passing any time.
With kind regards and best wishes - Jean
Good morning Steve
I just wanted to thank you again on behalf of all of our family. You made the service so special and personal. Every person that attended commented on how lovely it was.
Take care, I hope one day we can work together on a better situation (if you do weddings).