Katie Deverell

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  • A funeral marks a significant event – the end of a unique life. It is a time to express your grief and mourning, celebrate a life and say a last goodbye. Whether you want a spiritual, religious, agnostic or secular service I will put your ideas and desires at the heart of what I do. Each funeral is specifically designed to reflect the beliefs, values and personality of the person who has died.

    To lose someone you care about can be a bewildering experience. It is often hard to think about the funeral and how best to reflect the life of the person who has died. I will support you at this difficult time and help you make the choices that are right for you and the person who has died. Working with you and your funeral director I will design a fitting, personal and meaningful ceremony.

    I can visit you in your own home, hear about the person who has died and listen sensitively to what you would like. I can help you express your thoughts and feelings through words, readings, poetry, music and flowers as well as create rituals that have meaning for you. I may suggest ways to make a crematorium funeral feel more personal and special or help you find other places to hold the ceremony.

    I will support you to be as involved as you wish. I can design and lead the whole ceremony, prepare and read the eulogy, support you to deliver your own tribute or simply give advice and ideas if you want to conduct the funeral yourselves. I am also able to assist you with memorial services or the scattering of ashes.

    A funeral is a sad occasion but also a time for support, comfort, and reflection where you can begin the process of coming to terms with your loss. A funeral with heart and soul recognises the importance of the person who has died and is both a final gift and a fitting farewell.

    If you would like to talk about or plan your own funeral I can also help with this. It can be very useful for family and friends to have a guide to your wishes when the time comes.

    I have spoken about my work on the radio, Supervise MA students in Events Management at University of Westminster and am happy to give talks or workshops on designing meaningful ceremonies.

     

     

  • Testimonials:

    Dear Katie

    This is just a short note to thank you so much for conducting our beloved Darren's funeral service on Tuesday  It was exactly what we wanted it to be 'A Celebration of his Life'. Anybody other than his family  would think you had known him personally, your warmth and sincerity came across perfectly, many of the people at the service said that it was the most beautiful service they had ever been to and now, when their time came would want the same kind of service, me too I have to add.

    My request for the  recording of 'Be Still in the Presence of the Lord' was absolutely beautiful and I think so fitting for lighting of the candles, thank you for suggesting that.

    You made Darren's funeral a little easier to bare Katie and for that we thank you.

    God Bless you

    Wendy Faiers and the Marshall Family

    Thank you Katie

    You were a paragon of calmness in a sea of emotion which is what everyone needed. I thought the whole thing was really beautiful and so much better than any other funeral I've attended. Everyone commented on how appropriate the ceremony was, the summary of his life and achievements and the music.

    Once again thank you, David L

    Hi Katie

    I just wanted to give you heart felt thanks for the most wonderful job you did at Grandads funeral. Your delivery was warm and your interpretation of our conversation about Grandad was spot on. I know you like your job as you feel you are able to support the family, however it must be difficult for you on the day and I thought you did an amazing job. The toast idea was very fitting and was very well received by all - even my catholic mum!!! I know the whole service was just.... right!!!

    Many many thanks once again....please take this as it is intended - I hope that I won't be seeing you again too soon :-)

    Jennie

    Hi Katie,

    Hope all is good with you & that your radio interview went well,

    I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you once again from Mum, Phil & the rest of the family for the service on Thursday,

    It was amazing how many people came up to us afterwards and said how lovely the service was, everybody agreed that the words & music were very much my Dad.

    So, once again , thank you so much for all your work & effort for us, the options you gave to us for the prayer, & blessing etc were really appreciated & we were are glad that we were able to make some good & fitting choices from your suggestions.

    We all wish you lots of success & hope to meet again in not so sad circumstances,

    Very kind regards

    Lorraine, Phil & Olive.

    Dear Katie,

    Jus wanted to Thanks so much for the wonderful service yesterday, and the work u put into the script. After that horrible shock and the long wait we certainly needed it!

    I do apologise for not doing this in person on the day but it was extremely emotional and hard for me. I also had to support my mum.

    We even had a colleague of Ian's approach us by the graveside and say it was the best service he'd attended.

    We will never forget it and will happily recommend your services to friends and family.

    Sincerely,

    Laura hardy (Ian's stepdaughter).

     

    Hi Katie

    Thank you so much for yesterday .......and all the rest of the hours that you put into Dad's funeral. It was the most wonderful "send-off" we could have given him - you completely captured his character and personality and that is already a great comfort. It felt that he was almost there listening to us as we were talking about him - and chuckling away at our enjoyment of all his exploits. Although we are going to miss him greatly, we know that he is now free of pain, worry and weariness. Your words really help me to see the positive side of his life ..........his philosophy, I suppose!!

    In spite of the sad circumstances, I have very much enjoyed meeting you,

    Best wishes and thank you so much once again,

    Sue

     

    Hello Katie,

     

    We were so pleased with the way it all went yesterday, so I just want to say thank you. There were many complimentary comments including one from my ex-neighbour, who has played the organ at more funerals than she cares to remember, and calls a spade a spade. So it meant something, coming from her!

     

    We were dreading the day, of course, but it went so smoothly, thanks to you and Luckings, so our memories are of a real celebration rather than a trial beset with problems. Even the little glitch at the end added to the occasion, almost as though Mum was making her presence felt for one last time.............

    Once again, many thanks, and take care.

    x Liz, Glyn, Lisa and Edie!

    Hi Katie

    We just wanted to thank you for the part that you played in saying goodbye to my Mum. I have heard Dad say to friends & neighbours that couldn't come how nice the service was, exactly what he wanted. Even Mark, my partner, who is by far the most religious of us all, said it was far better than he had expected. Praise indeed :).

    We had a nice couple of hours at the Naze in Walton, having some lunch & sitting in the sun reminiscing & then off to IOW for the weekend to sort out Dad's garden.

    So thanks again.

    Kind Regards

    Carol

     

    Katie

     

    Thankyou so much for the service yesterday.   I found it very hard to hold my head up during the service because I was feeling the words and thoughts in my mind myself.  I very strongly believe that mum would have been really proud of us all for manner and way it all was presented.

    In fact one of the 2 ATS ladies, came up to me afterwards and said that   as she does not have much family,  she has now decided to plan her own funeral , and base it  around mums,   because she couldn't rely other people too understand her wishes and thoughts.

    Most of the knitting ladies came back.    They only intended   stay for 10 minutes out of politeness, but stayed until end which was really nice as it was only myself who had vaguely known them beforehand.

    Yesterday all seems a bit of a blur, yet I will remember it so vividly for the rest of my life.

    Thankyou so much for all your help and creating a very blurred, yet memorable day

    Regards, Nigel