Mel Richards  Independent Funeral Celebrant
                       Ceremonies to celebrate life and love

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“Thank you so much for taking Mum's service today. It really was something so special & personal which she would have really been so happy with. Mum loved being the centre of attention & your telling of her life story would have been so liked by her. I even heard a little laughter at times,which was so appropriate.”

“I have had lots of messages to say how lovely the service was and how you delivered it with such warmth and feeling. So many people have said you were superb and lovely.

As I say, S and I think you did P and us proud.” “First of all, I would like to thank you for the wonderful service you gave for J & J last week. You truly have a gift, to be able to take all our ramblings and weave them into a beautiful and fitting tribute. So many people came to me afterwards to say that it was exactly how J and J would have wanted it. There truly are no words to express how very grateful we all were.”

“Hi Mel, may I take this opportunity to thank you for the service for Jane on Friday. It was the nearest thing to perfect that I could have asked for.

“Thankyou so much for the lovely way you conducted R’s funeral today - everyone thought you were just wonderful! It made my day much easier! “

“I just wanted to write to you to say thank you so very very much. You made what was going to be a very hard day so beautiful and poignant it will stay in my heart forever.”


“I just wanted to put on record our heartfelt thanks for everything you did for us leading up to last Friday and on the day itself, which made a very sad occasion bearable and even uplifting.”

“I think we spoke briefly after the service about the general religious, generic and impersonal manner of most funerals. This was nothing like that and you played a huge part in making it exactly right. It should be a celebration of life and that's exactly how it was. I'm sure Nana would have approved wholeheartedly and certainly everyone there appreciated your kindness and warm, friendly & professional manner.” “On behalf of my sisters and myself, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your help and guidance as we said goodbye to Mum. Your calm, thoughtful approach was greatly appreciated and made a difficult time easier to bear.”

“Thank you so much for the lovely tribute you gave about my Dad yesterday at his funeral. It was just as I had hoped it would be  -  without fuss, informative and heartfelt. It was a horribly sad day for me, J and my family, but we got through it with yours and Jonathen's help and guidance.”

“When C passed away, apart from being devastated that he had gone, I was worried as to how I was going to do justices to his memory. When Jonathen asked if I would like your services, I agreed, not fully knowing what to expect.

I felt very comfortable from my first contact with you on the phone and your visit to my home to talk about C’s life. Your ability to listen and draw out, when I thought I had nothing to offer, by your kind, caring and understanding ways, you were able to put together a really lovely service, that captured C. I was very pleased with the whole service, and I am sure if C was there he would have been pleased too.

Everyone said what a lovely services it was, very moving and that you had summed him up very well, one of the best non-religious services they had been to and how well you had captured the memory of C. Many could not believe that you had not met C before.

I cannot begin to say thank you enough for the kindness that you showed me throughout, both on arriving and leaving the funeral service, with your warm, caring nature.

Thank you, I will all ways remember you with the warmest of affections.”

“Would just like to Thank You again for the lovely service you gave on Tuesday for my Dad. It was the perfect send off and would of been exactly how he wanted it. Even though it was a difficult time, it felt a lot easier with your personal tribute to his life, it was very uplifting. Thank you once again for your care and kindness.”

Thank you for Friday and for meeting with H briefly at short notice to give her peace of mind that you would follow her wishes for her service.  I don’t think we could have found anyone more capable of delivering the service in such a meaningful way.  Thank you for working so closely with us to ensure the content was exactly what we had hoped for and for listening to our hope and fears.”

“I just wanted to say huge thanks for your time and the service you wrote for my dad, you really got the feel of him just right. So many people said after how lovely it was and how it truly celebrated his life. Although a really tough day you allowed us to laugh (and cry) whilst remembering him before his illness.”

You certainly have a way of helping people with their grief. Even my Uncle B who lost his 38 year old daughter to cancer in December felt you helped him come to terms with his grieving with some of the words you said, it really hit home for him. Once again thank you.”

On reading my draft script

“Oh Mel, that is so lovely.  I am sitting here with tears in my eyes.  Yes, please, it is wonderful.  Thank you so much. No changes at all.  Thank you.”

“Thank you for your kindness & genuine sensitivity within my pain. My son G also reflects on this. Your calm, patient & receptive listening during our talk resulted in you gleaning a true picture of C's character, life & interests which you so skilfully portrayed at the funeral. Afterwards family & friends asked  me "who was the 'minister'? she was so warm & professional" : that says it all.

               I say again, as I said to you at the end of your address: "Perfect". Thank you, thank you.”

“We would like to thank you very much for the service you gave for our Dad and Taid, although it was a sad occasion it was a wonderful celebration of his life. 

The tribute and the way you delivered the service was really lovely. We were especially happy and touched with your farewell and closing words, which meant a great deal to us all and expressed our feelings perfectly, of how our Dad and Taid will always be with us.”

Your contribution was relevant, wholly appropriate and complimentary to everything else contained in the Service and made for a wholly uplifting and fitting event to say goodbye to Mum. Your attention to detail made our job so much easier and lots of people commented on how much better you were than the usual ‘unfamiliar vicar’ … including Mrs M who was trying to book you for her husband as he was following her out of the service!”

“I just wanted to thank you once again for the wonderful tribute you wrote for my Dad as well as the professional and respectful way you coordinated the service . It must be so difficult to assimilate all that information and put together something that is chronological yet personal. Kevin and I bombarded you with anecdotes and facts and you managed to pull all of the key points together and paint a truly touching , accurate and full picture of Dad that really got the essence of him perfectly.”

"On behalf of Mum and my sisters I would like to thank you for your help and guidance in saying farewell to Dad. We were especially touched in the gentle way you focused on Mum and drew out information about Dad and their relationship; as well as encouraging us with our thoughts and memories."

"You really are brilliant at what you do. The whole family felt completely at ease talking to you about Clare and what you put together was lovely."

"Just to say thank you from all of us for yesterday's lovely service.  As soon as I saw you waiting at the door I just felt "everything's ok now, Mel's got it" - and it was.  You have a wonderfully calming presence which I hope your other clients appreciate just as much as we did."

"Your tribute and comforting words were well chosen, and even though nothing could help the family to feel less pain on the day, they were given hope and encouragement which are equally important on a day like that."

" Dear Mel, I just wanted to thank you again for your touching service for P. I'm truly grateful, you made it a little bit easier, if that's possible! Many that attended commented on your understanding of him."

"Mel, on behalf of the family thank you very much once again. Pam was most grateful about how gentle you are with the process of discussing what to say, and afterwards people were extremely complementary about the service. Once again thank you very much, you have a great talent for making a difficult time a lot easier."

"The ceremony was sensitive and comforting- family members commented that it was a lovely service and mum would have been happy with it. So thankyou very much for your involvement. I really appreciate the care and thought put into your words"
"We would just like to say a big thank you for your tribute to dad, it's simply brilliant and really reflects our sentiment expressed to you in that short period of time! Mum is extremely happy."

"We would like to thank you for spending so much time with us finding out about J therefore able to tell her life stories and portray her personality so accurately and in an uplifting way reminding us how special she is and giving great comfort to all her family especially her much loved Son L"

"J and the family thought it was a lovely send off for D. Thank you for all your kindness and a job very well done."

"You made it a very special ending for mum, a beautiful service" D & D

"I would like to thank you for leading Dad's service so beautifully on Monday. Meeting you in person, I much appreciated your calm presence and compassion, and the comfort you offered to all in our gathering." C

"Just a few lines to say thank you again for taking my mums service. We were all so pleased with how it went and everyone said they thought it was perfect for her. You made a very hard day easier with memories to make everyone smile." L
"Dear Mel,

I would like to say thanks for Mums service yesterday. You gave an exceptional service and made a difficult day bearable

My Mum would of loved your strength of character so much!

From the bottom of my heart thank you." E

"Thank you so much for your wishes and thoughtfulness. We're so lucky to have had you leading R's service. Though it was a terribly sad occasion, there were many reasons to smile, and you helped immeasurably to make it a perfect farewell."

"Mel, thank you very much for what you did on Monday. Both Adam and I thought you absolutely captured what we wanted to say and the person we knew; and that's rarely happens."

"Hi Mel, just dropping you a line to say how wonderful the service was.

You worded it so well, it was very moving listening to someone with

such a beautiful voice such as yours about our MUM", I will be recommending you to anyone"

"I concur with Duncan's comments - perfect send-off, for a perfect lady. Thank you Mel"

“Hi Mel, I am overwhelmed. You have captured everything and everyone so well. Just incredible. We love it.” 

"Just wanted to say thank you for the sensitive way you conducted G's funeral yesterday.

As I said, I could not have done a non-religious funeral, but the first time I spoke to you, I knew it would be ok"

"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the beautiful words you created to send my brother off in style on Friday.
The service was lovely and neither myself or my parents could have asked for anymore. There were so many messages and words shared from everyone there to say what a great send off he got.
Although it doesn't seem enough, thank you once again."

"We want to express again how pleased we were with how you led the service. It was exactly as we hoped for and I'm sure dad would of approved." 

"We really can't thank you enough for portraying Mum so perfectly. We feel really honoured that you took so much time to talk to mum's friends, everybody said it was a truly beautiful service. We really, from the bottom of our hearts, can't thank you enough"

Thankyou Mel so much for your huge contribution yesterday in helping us say our goodbyes to G and to help us with our grieving. Everyone said how wonderful your contribution was and we've had messages flooding in to say so. I can't thank you enough, truly. If ever you are passing and fancy a cuppa, please just knock on the door!”

“I wanted to thank you once again for the lovely service and to tell you that so many of the people present have been in touch and made such positive comments about the whole occasion.  It all went off beautifully...”

Thank you for your kind email. I showed it to my mum and sister and we want to express again how pleased we were with how you led the service. It was exactly as we hoped for and I'm sure dad would of approved.”

"Thank you for your lovely email, and for the wonderful way in which you conducted the ceremony. I spoke with everyone who was there on Friday, and they all said how lovely it all was.
Thank you also for your kindly shepherding of me through the whole thing - it certainly made a difficult thing easier to bear."

" On behalf of the family I would like to thank you for the sincerity and feeling you portrayed in the dedication to our dad . The service was exactly what he would have wanted and we are truly grateful . So many people commented how true to dad the service was and how well it was delivered . We thank you."

" As I said to you after the service, we could not have found anyone better to guide us and to speak for Mum. Thank you so much for your support. Many people commented on the beauty of the event and your contribution to it." 

"Thank you Mel, so many people commented that it was a really lovely ceremony

"Thank you again for today, many of the congregation have passed comment on how lovely the service was and such a fitting tribute to J. I look forward to working together in the near future" G Lloyd Jones Funeral Director

"Hello Mel, the ceremony was brilliant, the music was uplifting, and many people have commented on how perfect it was."

"" Thanks for everything you did for us on Tuesday, all the family thought  you provided a fitting tribute to E's life. On a personal note, I have never heard anybody say how much they have enjoyed a funeral."

"Many people said to me that they have never been to a service that was so wonderful." 

"I am so grateful to you for your sensitive and efficient handling of my mother's funeral. The ceremony was just as I'd hoped it would be and people have said they enjoyed it. I shall always remember it with a feeling of gentle warmth and uplift."

"Now we are back in Maidstone, Kent, J and I wanted to personally thank you for the wonderful service you provided for our deceased friend, Dave C. Your lovely words really summed up his character and his life in Wales with his wife J. We know your service was of great comfort to J and her step-son, S."

"Everyone we spoke to thought that the ceremony was very good, appropriate and had the right balance, so once again thank you ever so much for making it so."

"Just wanted to thank you so much for conducting R's ceremony. I don't believe I saw you before you left on the day so thought I'd drop you a quick e-mail. Everything went so smoothly and the day was as perfect as it could have been. I know R would have loved everything about it."

"Thank you so much, you have really caught Dads character so well." S.W.

"We would like to thank you very much for such a lovely tribute to Linda and for helping us as a family through a sad occasion. We really appreciated your kindness and empathy towards us all. Many thanks again" 

"Thank you for the very fitting tribute you paid to my Aunt Annette on Monday.  I thought the ceremony was lovely and judging by the comments , was also appreciated by those that attended.  Many of her friends thought it was a true pen picture that highlighted her sense of fun and naughtiness."

"Please accept our thanks for leading the service today.The tone was so positive and really reflected the A we knew. At the 'wake' afterwards several people commented that they had been so impressed that they thought that you might get a lot more bookings in the future!"