Debbie wholeheartedly offers you her expertise, time and skills. She arranges, writes and conducts person-centred, bespoke ceremonies for all.
She offers and enables choice, in the most creative of ways. There are many options and she aims to open people’s eyes as to what can be done to create the most fitting ceremony to respect and honour your loved one and truly reflect their life, values and beliefs.
Debbie says, “I put the person who has died, and you, the closest people to them, at the very centre of my work, holding you all with mindfulness and compassion.
I offer ceremonies for those who wish for something more personal and meaningful than many traditional services.
Let me guide and support you. You will be in safe, capable hands.”
Debbie also offers 1:1 sessions for those who wish to plan ahead for their own funeral or a funeral for another.
Debbie also regularly hosts a Death Cafe in South Manchester, a confidential space where people come and share their fears, curiosity, and experiences around death and dying.
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“Thank you so much for the lovely service today - it means a lot that she had a lovely send-off with her close family with her.”
Karen Heeney, Manchester
I just want to say on behalf of me and my two daughters how much we enjoyed the funeral today. It was a fantastic service and we were so pleased with it. I even said I’d like to have you do mine!
It was just a pity not more were allowed there to hear it.
It cheered us up, it did. Thank you.”
Jack Fisher, Walkden, Salford
I'm writing to say ' Thank you' for today. You read everything beautifully with real feeling and the smiles helped enormously.
I thought the whole funeral went well and although it was sad at times, especially when we saw Dad outside the home, it was heartwarming too.
I was just about all cried-out, so the day wasn't as tearful as I had expected it to be.
Anyway, on behalf of the family, thanks again and best wishes,"
Preferred to remain anonymous, Yorkshire
Thank you so much for all of your hard work and patience throughout. It was a pleasure to meet you
And we feel very lucky that we had somebody who provided such a thoughtful and caring approach to the ceremony.
Thank you again it was an honour to meet you.”
Bev and Rob Medlock, Timperley"Dear Debbie,Thank you so much for a copy of the Ceremony for Nora, it was a lovely thought.The service went really well yesterday, with just the right balance of sadness and humour.It was nice to meet you even though it was a sad occasion.Kind regards”Linda Harding, Manchester
“Thank you so much Debbie, for delivering a beautiful ceremony but also for being so lovely, caring and understanding. You made this impossible task more bearable. “
Nicola Williams, North Wales
You are brilliant at what you do, you were brilliant today. You held everyone's needs and feelings, and held your integrity."
Carol Donaldson, Manchester
“I had so many positive comments about the ceremony and the eulogy yesterday and have to say that I thought it went perfectly. Thank you so much again for the care and attention to detail that you put in to make that possible. It was a delight to meet you too - despite the sad circumstance.
Many of the comments that I received were that people simply didn't know half of the facts about my Dad's life that were in the eulogy. Even my own siblings! So this is a lovely keepsake to be able to pass on within the family to keep his memory and achievements alive and I cannot thank you enough.
I wish you well for the future and perhaps our paths will cross again for less sombre reasons.”
Stephen Fricker, Middleton, Manchester
“Thank you so much for the whole beautiful ceremony. We achieved exactly what we wanted, which was to celebrate Chris's life in a way of which I think he would have approved. With music and laughter and audience participation. You really made a horrible day so much easier and I really can't thank you enough."
Stephanie McGough, Altrincham, Cheshire
“It's been a cathartic pleasure working with you Debbie; thanks for taking the time and effort to involve me so often.
I'd particularly like to thank you for the comfort, attention and humanity you have shown in the preparation and the conducting of this ceremony.
Thanks again. You helped bring some light into a dark period."
Barry and Jean. Sale, Cheshire.
"Thanks for this copy of the service - I will share it with the family. Also, many thanks for Friday. You made a difficult day feel much less so. (If that makes sense)!
I think we did Mum proud and she would have enjoyed listening to your account of her life - and seeing all her family in one place."
Gill Vasey, Altrincham, Cheshire.
"Thank you so much for sending the script of Mum's ceremony. I will definitely print it and keep it with other memories of Mum.
It was a lovely and perfect farewell for a very beautiful and unique lady and I thank you so much for expediting it with such empathy. Everybody was very complimentary afterwards about how well you conducted the ceremony."
Joy Tattersall, Cheshire
“I’d been meaning to thank you for such a wonderful service but found I was struggling to put it all into words!
The ceremony you helped plan and delivered for Dave was so beautiful, it was personal, meaningful and a positive celebration of the life he lived and all those who were part of it. So many people came away feeling uplifted, and confused that they had laughed during a funeral and enjoyed the experience!
A lot of people said they would like you to be the Celebrant their funeral and it certainly made a lot of people question the traditional approaches at funerals.... which I know Dave would have been very pleased about too!
I also felt proud of mum and me and the team we made with you, it was lovely at the end of the service when you said it had been all of us that made it happen. I hadn’t thought of it like that but I guess we did contribute a lot of time and energy to ensuring Dave had the kind of send-off he wanted under pretty difficult circumstances.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and I’m so very thankful that we had you!
Thank you for just being you Debbie, you are so skilled at what you do.
Death is a time that often gets neglected and left to unsuitable traditions, for those that don’t want that, you are giving choice and meaning in such an important way.”
Lou Bosanquet, Llangollen, North Wales
“Thank you for supporting us and giving such a heartfelt service, it was very personal and we feel very lucky to have been put in touch with you. In fact, so many of our friends and relatives also said that it was one of the best services that they had been part of. So once again, thank you ❤️”
Pauline, Trafford, Manchester
“I just wanted to thank you again for your wonderful service last week. So many of those who attended mum’s funeral have been in touch to say how lovely it was, just what mum would have wanted.”
Liz Duffy, Hale, Cheshire
“Everyone I spoke to said how much they enjoyed David’s service, and how they would like to have the same when it was their time, it was uplifting and all about Daves life, which is how it should be! They’ve said how well you conducted the service and on such a personal level too, it was good that You’d met with Dave, and got to know his character! Once again a massive big thank you.”
Debbie Moore, Llangollen, North Wales
“The service was lovely and it was a joy to be a part of it. Back at the wake people couldn't believe how uplifting and refreshing the service was. Everyone definitely came away something good from it. Everyone thought you were so calming.
It was also lovely to meet you and thank you for everything you did for the family.
I look forward meeting you again someday.”
Sarah Stansfield, Flint, North Wales
“There were very many positive and touching comments about the funeral service.
One, in particular, captured how I think everyone felt with regard to your role which was that "Debbie Jones was part of the service and not just talking to it".
This, I think, says so much about the care and engagement you brought to what was obviously a sad but nonetheless also joyous tribute to Dave's life.”
Preferred to remain anonymous, London
“Thank you so much for today. You were wonderful and many people complimented how professional and sincere you were.
Louise Quinn, Timperley, Cheshire
“Thank you so much for the keepsake script. It looks lovely and I will insert the contributions from me and girls to make a lovely object for future reflection.
I cannot thank you enough for your efforts and for helping to make the celebration of my mum's life such a wonderful event. It really was a perfect send-off and properly reflected the wonderful person we have lost. Everyone (literally!!) commented on how lovely a service it was and how together everyone felt.
Many thanks again, Debbie and very best wishes for the future”
R. L., Manchester
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for conducting such a lovely service for mum. So many of the people who attended said what a lovely service it was.
Thanks again Debbie”
Michelle Traylor, Stockport
“We all just wanted to thank you for a beautiful, dignified and moving service yesterday.
I know my Nanna would have appreciated what you have done and enjoyed the day!
Kindest regards from us all.”
Joanne Callanan, Timperley
“Just to reiterate Joanne's comments which we both agree with, you made a somber day into something special and we thank you for that. The scripts you have sent are great. We have your details and would readily recommend your services at anytime.
With thanks for all your help.”
Derek and Jenny, Timperley
"I contacted Debbie after my mum in law had passed, & the funeral director could not find a minister. I had not heard about funeral celebrants before, but on reading her webpage, she seemed ideal for our celebration of Mum's life.
I'm so glad I found Debbie, because she was perfect in her role of celebrant.
She took the time to find out all about Mum and so she led the service with care & professional confidence.
She made the suggestion of offering a contact juggler, who actually performed to a piece of music connected to Mum. I found it to be a beautiful, meditative performance.
Warm wishes” Lorraine Balfe, Stockport
Firstly let me thank you for the copy of today’s service. I / we appreciate it.
Most importantly, I want to thank you on behalf of the family for presenting such a beautiful and sincere service, your voice was a calming influence and deeply engaging. We truly couldn’t have asked for more.
It really was a beautiful presentation and representation of our mum.
Thank you doesn’t say how I feel, but I do feel eternally grateful for all your time, love and care you have given to us as a family and to our mum's memory.
I wish you well and a blessed future,
Steve Balfe, Stockport
Thank you so much for helping in a time of crisis, and for playing a key role in ensuring that yesterdays’ ceremony went so well.
Steve Peggs, New York, USA
A huge thank you from me for yesterday. You did a super job.
All the very best”
Rachael Longley, St Albans, Hertfordshire
Thank you for giving our mum the send-off she wanted.
Everybody said what a great service it was as it really did celebrate mum's life.
So, on behalf of myself and my family, thank you.
Jon Meats, Manchester
"Thank you Debbie.
I would like to thank you on behalf of myself and our family for helping us though the day yesterday with your wonderful words about Bill's life.
You really do have a gift of making a very sad occasion into a celebration.
It was a shame that you could not come back with us to the Friendship Inn because you could have accepted personally the kind words and praise which everyone passed onto me regarding your service.
With best wishes for the future.”
Robert Turner, Manchester
"Hi Debbie, thank you so much for giving me the support to make it so wonderful.
It was so special and could not have been better.
Thank you also for the copies of the service. G was so pleased. She is very tired but said she felt so much better after the ceremony.”
Anonymity preferred. Lancs.
We had so many lovely comments about the funeral, how it really reflected my dad's personality and we did have a really good time with family afterwards (some were a little tipsier than others).
You are amazing at what you do, you really put us at ease, which obviously helped us relay the stories about dad. The service itself was just as we expected and the print outs of your words were a touching gift.
Mum and I are so pleased that Paula and John recommended you!
Thank you so much. ”
Sharon Henry, Wigan, Lancs
"It was a lovely surprise to receive a printed copy of the service.
We had a nice time afterwards, but it didn’t feel the same without the life and soul of the party, his presence was definitely missed.
(Paula’s dad said it was the loveliest funeral he's ever been to - he’s 80, so, unfortunately, he’s been to a few!)"
Paula & John, Wigan
“Thank you for a wonderful ceremony yesterday, everyone commented on how good it was and so fitting for my Mam. Once again, Thank you. "
David Burney, Newcastle
I would like to thank you so much for the readings yesterday.
It was beautiful and so sincere as if you knew her.
Ann Maguiness, Manchester
“Debbie, we want to thank you for all the work you have put into celebrating Faye's life.
So many people have told us how fantastic the service was and we have no doubt you were absolutely instrumental in curating the flow and tone of the day.
We know we did Faye proud.”
The Mooney family, Dorset
“Thank you so much. I know it’s your job but this was still an incredible thing you did for us and we couldn’t be happier we found you.
Your words for the ceremony were beautiful and perfect. Thank you again”
Anonymity preferred. Lancs.
"Thank you to you, Debbie. I don't think we could have had a better goodbye for S.
It was the best funeral for a child that I have been to, and sadly I have been to several.”
Headteacher, Anonymity preferred, Lancs
“Thanks very much for this. Really touching and beautiful. Lovely to meet you this morning. Once again, thank you. You’re such a lovely person. Look after yourself. “
Julie Twist, Wigan
"Thank you very much, Debbie, for making today so bearable and special. I think Dad would have been happy with everything we did and the turnout, given many of his close friends have sadly predeceased him.
Everyone said how fitting the words were and enjoyed seeing the photos.
Thank you also for the copy of the ceremony.”
Diane Lucas, Altrincham, Cheshire
"Hello Debbie, thank you so much for a wonderful service yesterday. Family and friends said how lovely it was and how beautifully you delivered the service.
Many thanks for emailing an electronic copy of the ceremony. I’ll definitely be sharing it with family and friends who were unable to attend.
I hope this helps other families to choose you to lead a funeral service as they really couldn’t find anyone better.
All the best.
S. M. London
Many thanks for your kind words and the copy of Ken's funeral ceremony.
I was delighted with your presentation of Ken's life. It summed him up so well. Many people commented that the delivery of the ceremony enabled them to recall happy memories of Ken, rather than the sadness of his death.
Ken lived life to the full and as a family, we are going to continue to remember the happy times, but live our lives to the full as he would have wanted.
From all the family and friends many thanks to you for your friendly and professional way you conducted the ceremony."
Kind regards Chris, Andrew & family, Timperley, Greater Manchester
“ Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to meet you too and thank you again for delivering our memories so efficiently and so compassionately. “
Katheryne Drinkwater, Timperley, Greater Manchester
It was a perfect farewell for my father conducted by yourself. Everyone said the same . You have a great natural vibe about you.
Matt, St Helen’s.
All my family and I, We're Really Pleased With How You Conducted My Mum's Funeral.
It Was So Professional & It Was An Honour To Have Met You & Been In Your Company.
You Made Me & Everybody Else So Relaxed & Comfortable.
Once Again, Thank You So Much.."
Lee & All The Family. Blackley, Manchester
We would like to send you our sincere thanks for your guidance and professional service during our sad time.
It was really lovely meeting you and it really helped on the day of Mum’s funeral to know her service was in good hands.
You listened to what we said and picked up points and relayed it beautifully.
Thank you and kind regards”
Julie and Wendy, Manchester
“We had lots of comments about you and people asking how we had found you! All very positive.
We would like thank you for your efforts, Debbie. The service was perfect and mum would have liked it. I won't have any hesitation in recommending you to anyone in our position.
Nigel Peacock, Timperley, Cheshire
We got very positive feedback about the service. People commented on the positive tone you set and felt that you encapsulated my Dad perfectly.
So again, many thanks.”
Bev McGowan, Manchester
" Hi Debbie
Thank you for today, you did a fantastic job. We really appreciate everything you have done, for your kind words and also for the copies of the service. Take care. ”
Michelle Henderson, Manchester
"Hi Debbie, on behalf of all the family I wanted to say a huge thank you for today. You made the ceremony beautiful. Thank you."
Alison & family, Wigan
Thank you so much for everything. You have been friendly, warm and interested, and so supportive. The service for mum was perfect, with just the right amount of reverence.
I will be recommending you to everyone I am in contact with.
If there had been chance to introduce you to mum, I know she would have liked you very much. I do wish you could have met her."
Linda Martin, Altrincham
Thanks for all your work.
It made yesterday bearable and we all got through it because of your preparation and experience."
Phil Nield, Altrincham
"The beautiful words you said at Maggie’s funeral were perfect and so comforting.
Debbie, thank you so much your care. The attention to detail was sublime.
You were fantastic!
If ever we (or anyone) finds themselves in the same predicament, we would not hesitate to recommend you.
Stephen and Paul, Colne
“You did fantastic today and, as a family, we would just like to say a huge thank you.”
Many thanks for your gracious words today regarding father. Your warmth and empathy were exemplary.
You made today a comfort.
Once again my mother and I thank you for today’s ceremony.
Andrew, Radcliffe, Greater Manchester
"Debbie, thank you for such a lovely and fitting service. It was lovely to meet up, even under the sad circumstances. We would definitely recommend you, if ever any of our friends come to need such a service. It was like you knew her as well.
We have had so many messages saying what a lovely service you gave, and that it was L to a tee.
Wayne and Bernie, Bolton
"Everyone has said how lovely your delivery was yesterday, warm and courteous yet professionally given. They also wondered if you “knew” Mum? A compliment to you, I’m sure you’ll agree.
We thank you wholeheartedly for making a miserable, sad day into what turned out to be a lovely, warm and happy afternoon.
Warmest wishes to you, and good luck for the future in this - your (well chosen) career.
Eileen and Steve x
PS. A few of my friends have already said that they would like You to do to their Funeral Service!"
Eileen Rigby, Wigan
"Thank you so much Debbie. It was lovely to meet you. Thank you for your part in making it a beautiful farewell. Everyone loved the service and thought you delivered it beautifully You have a lovely speaking voice and made it very personal and friendly.
Sarah M, Garstang
"Just perfect today.
Thank you so much. Everyone said it was lovely & personable.
You were very professional & sensitive. A lovely person. No one could have done it better. Once again, thank you so much."
Jane Philpott, Stockport.
"Thank you, Debbie. It was such a fantastic service. That's how they should be! I've never before heard anyone capture someone so perfectly."
Anonymity preferred, Manchester
"Thank you, Debbie. Strangely the day should have seemed sad, but it went perfectly.Thank you for everything you did for us, in making Blanche Kelly's, our Mother's, funeral so very special, honouring the special person she was to all that knew and respected her."
Louise Padmore, Manchester
"Dear Debbie, thank you so much for all you did to help make yesterday a, bizarrely, sad yet lovely day. You gave Mum a wonderful service and it was a great way to say goodbye to her. Thanks again. Take care."
Bernard Kelly, Firswood, Trafford
"Debbie was the celebrant for the alternative, humanist funeral of a dear friend of ours and she did an absolutely fantastic job!
Her warm, serene demeanor put us all at ease straight away, and she had an excellent assertive but gentle grasp of the proceedings that gave us all a sense of relief in knowing that our loved one’s final wishes were being honoured and we were free to grieve without worrying about the logistics of the ceremony.
The service that Debbie provided us was invaluable and although it was obviously a sad and emotional time, we all came away with some very precious memories of moments of light throughout the service on what could have otherwise been an extremely dark day. We really couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you so much! "
Alex Lewis, Withington, Manchester
“ Thank you Debbie for providing such a sensitive and heart felt send off for our dear friend. Your preparations with the family and friends was delicate and yet thorough, you left nothing out and therefore everyone felt included and empowered by your eulogy, quite a feat. You treated the participants of our ceremony with respect and therefore our friend was truly honoured, while keeping to the time schedule. Thank you so much for being such an amazingly perfect celebrant for us all.” Charlotte Lang, Winchester
“Dear Debbie, I just wanted to thank you for all you did today, and leading up today. Everyone found the service very fitting just the right tone and sense of intimacy. Some people have asked me where we found you 🙂 (I will pass on details). I am sure my friend would have wholeheartedly approved of how stylish but quirky everything was. So individual. So personal. Thank you. Very best wishes, Tamsin”
Tamsin Crothers, Wigan
“I’d like to thank you for a beautiful service you gave my mum and how pleased I was on how the day went.”
Christine Ariss, Wigan
"Debbie, it’s with heartfelt thanks that I write this testimonial.
We could not have chosen anyone better who could have conducted my mum’s service and celebration of her life. You brought the tributes from my siblings and myself to life and you created such a special atmosphere of calmness and love through your delivery, your words and your presence. The time spent with us, your attention to detail and understanding of mum’s character were outstanding and many people commented on the quality of the service. My mum would definitely have approved of how you made her the ‘star of the show’, especially using the recordings of her as you did. Even the funeral director remarked that it was one of the loveliest she had witnessed.
Sending a copy of the ceremony to my step dad as a final touch was very touching, and reflects the care and dedication you put into every aspect of the whole funeral. Thank you."
Thank you so much for being such a warm, kind and heartfelt celebrant at my Mum’s funeral last Friday. I was so pleased that my sister chose you. I will never forget your kindness and true sincerity at my Mum’s Celebration of Life. It is something that will certainly help towards our journey of acceptance, restoration and resolution.
You made her Celebration of Life so special and precious, and you brought a great source of comfort and love into the whole proceedings. It was exactly as I would have wished it to be.
Very kind regards”
From Laura in Ramsbottom
"Thank you Debbie, for such a lovely and celebratory service you did for my mum Nora and her family in June. You were so beautifully present and supportive for everyone, I wouldn't have wanted anything to be the slightest bit different to how it went on the day and I think I speak for mum too. You were a very special gift to our family that day.... Thank you."
John Dixon, London
"Dear Debbie, thank you so much for what you have done. The keepsake with everybody's words and thoughts will be framed and treasured. Once again thank you for kind and lovely words.”
Robert Spencer, Middleton
"Thank you so much, Debbie. You are one special person. I can't believe how you've written this so well. It's amazing. We've been in tears. It's just perfect, thank you."
S.S, Middleton, Greater Manchester
"We wanted to thank you for yesterday. We couldn’t have had a nicer send off for P. I think that the photo slide show sent everyone over the edge, but we are glad that we did it.”
Anonymity preferred, Cheshire
"Thank you for writing such beautiful ceremony notes. Thank you for all your help, we are extremely grateful for all you've done.”
H.C, Blackley, Manchester
"Good afternoon Debbie,
Thanks again for coming so quickly to our home yesterday. All four of us were deeply impressed by your humanity and listening ability and feel very confident that you will represent and support our family well."
Anonymity preferred, Blackley, Manchester
"Debbie, Many thanks for the really dignified, rich and lovely ceremony that you coordinated. In such tragic circumstances, it was important that someone like yourself was able to hold the fort and keep everyone together. I do hope we can speak again in the future....
.....Where feelings are raw, wounds are open and the loss is profound, I found Debbie to really bring people together and make the funeral into a celebration in a really kind, articulate and understanding way. These events are unfathomable to those who are close, and frightening to those who attend, but I’m so reassured that there are people like Debbie to guide the ship in a storm.
I recommend Debbie without reservation.”
Hasip Mahir, London
“Thank you Debbie. I think everything was perfect. Absolutely beautiful day. Thank you once again for your service and the keepsake script…pure brilliance. Take care.”
Joanne Law, Blackley, Manchester
"Debbie, It was lovely to meet you, you lit up the room and it was nice we could reflect on happier times. Thankyou.
All the celebrants on the list sounded good but I chose you on 'gut instinct' and I'm so glad because you seem perfect. "
W.B, Sale, Manchester
"I just wanted to say thankyou so much Debbie for being the Celebrant at our mum's funeral.
It was such an individual and caring service from you .... from when you came to our home and you invited us to reminisce about our mum's life and happy times, to standing in front of our loved ones in the Chapel reading a poem my sister had written.
Everyone commented afterwards on how lovely you were and your light and warmth.
You did mum proud, and we couldn't ask you for anymore, so thankyou again ...."
The Bridges Family, Manchester & London
"That was a splendid service. You were spot-on. She was a great girl. You'd obviously done your research. It was perfect for her, thank you."
Jim Whitby, Sale, Manchester
"It was absolutely beautiful. Lovely. Just T to a tee! Thank you."
Anonymity preferred, Sale, Manchester
Now we have had time to adjust, and to reflect I want to thank you on behalf of all of us for being part of mum's celebration. It was a truly beautiful service that we are still talking about.
I was so glad I trusted my 'instinct' and gave you a call. I felt an instant connection to you - and the whole process of defining mum's service was like planning a party with an old friend. Your words captured exactly the tone we wanted for the service and you tied all those emotional moments together with such calm respect for my mum. There was an amazing bond of love in the room for her and I was so glad that you could be part of that. So many friends and family have said what a beautiful day it was and that it was so perfect for mum, I think it made saying goodbye much more intimate and special."
L.M, North Wales
"In all my 3 years working in the funeral industry, I can honestly say that I have never experienced such a heartfelt, personal and beautiful ceremony as this. The family were very lucky to have found you."
David Aspin, Cheshire
"That was so lovely. There are no words to describe it."
Helen M, Manchester
"May I thank you for a really lovely service. You brought just the right aura to it. It was a real celebration."
Enid Moore, Hoole, Chester
"Debbie, I just wanted to say a huge thank you again for such a lovely service .... it was perfect in every way.
Everyone I have spoken with commented on how good it was and how much they enjoyed it (if 'enjoyed' is the right word to use). You painted the exact picture of Peter and even I learned things about him today that I didn't know.
Anyway, thank you and thank you for giving me a script; that really was thoughtful of you and I really appreciate it.
Sorry it was under such sad circumstances but it was really good to meet you.
Wendy Molyneux, Warrington
"Thanks for your email and kind words Debbie.
It was lovely to work with you too. You’re right, you have found your calling.
The family really took to you as I hoped they would and the service was perfect.
I do hope we get to work together again soon.”
Paula Huber, Funeral Director, Cherry Blossom Funerals, Wigan
"We were very moved by yesterday's celebration of K's life."
"Yes thank you everyone and thank you Debbie. The whole day was incredibly moving."
P. & A, Manchester
"Thankyou so much Debbie for your beautiful ceremony, it was perfect. I felt it was everything K would have wanted and it also met everyone's needs on such an occasion. So full of love and laughter as well as tears."
N.G, Whalley Range, Manchester
"Hi Debbie, You did such such a great job yesterday. Everyone I talked to, family and friends, said so.
It was complicated with so many different people involved, so many sensitive things to think about and, of course, no hope of there feeling like there was enough time.
You managed all this not only on the day but also with so much communication behind the scenes in preceding weeks. I imagine you often would have just one family to work with but, for yesterday, you had a large family and many close friends too.
At the end of the day, we thought our lovely friend got the funeral she hoped for and asked for and that will make a difference to many people for always in thinking about her.
You managed to help us all achieve this with great kindness and consideration which was such a support in difficult times.
Sally May, Brighton
"Debbie, thank you so much, everything went so smoothly thanks to your efforts."
"Debbie, Thank you so much for organising and conducting J's service. Everyone has said what a wonderful tribute it was to J and her life and what she meant to people."
P. G, Blackley, Manchester
"Debbie was the perfect celebrant for the memorial and funeral. Her calm and gentle presence and her expertise made the planning of the event so much easier, and surprisingly quite enjoyable. Her creative ideas for the memorial were pitched just right and helped form a very bespoke and individual event that our dear late friend, Maggie, would have loved, and an event that very well represented and celebrated Maggie for the wonderfully unique and strong woman she was. Without having ever met Maggie, Debbie effortlessly seemed to grasp who she was and her complexities. After the memorial, I received so many comments on what a beautiful, warm and comforting event it was and in particular on the way in which Debbie held the space for us all. It was a great evening and just the best send off for our well-loved friend. " Lucy Williams, Hulme, Manchester
"Debbie was so warm and kind and turned planning my friend’s funeral service from what I thought might be a difficult and stressful process into an unexpectedly positive and life-affirming experience. We were probably still in shock when Debbie first came to talk with us, and she helped us to find our way by carefully listening, encouraging and making sensible and sensitive suggestions, with no pressure and no shying away from difficult or painful issues. I felt in safe hands. Debbie continued to show the same care and unhurried support through the writing and re-writing of the service, helping us choose poems and music, and generally getting the detail just right.
The service was really moving and engaging, reflecting the life and personality of our friend in all its complexity, while sensitively taking in the different experiences and feelings of the people there. For me, it became a very significant step towards re-engaging with an open heart with a world that had irrevocably changed. I’d recommend Debbie to anyone, and in fact, I already have!" Hilary, Chorlton, Manchester
Thank you for your kind and warm words and everything you did with all of us that were involved in carrying out Maggie's last wishes. It was a tall order and full of contradictions. You did such an amazing job of understanding all the complex relationships and Maggie's, as well as our, aspirations for the funeral and Memorial. All of it came together perfectly and we came away from the experience with happiness as well as sadness in our hearts, which you had guided us towards with such compassion. Thank you. I would like to put across to other people how wonderful you are as a guide through such difficult times." Sam, Ireland
"I am one of Maggie's friends. I wanted to thank you for your excellent conducting of her funeral and memorial service. I was very impressed by your confident but gentle conducting of both services.
You got the tone just right. I have been to many other funerals but no-one before has made me feel so comforted. I'm sure Maggie would have liked it and all her friends appreciated the relaxed delivery on such difficult occasions. I have already recommended you to several other friends but hope we won't be needing you in the near future! Best wishes" Sue S, Manchester
"Thank you once again for the beautiful service for my mum" J.F. Middleton, Rochdale
"That was wonderful! So natural. It was as if you'd known him. Thank you so much." F.G, Urmston, Greater Manchester
"Your words are lovely and brought a tear to my eyes when I read them. It would be very kind of you to send me a copy of the service. I will treasure that very much and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your input and kindness during this very difficult time." K. H, Chester, Cheshire
"Dear Debbie, we would like to express our thanks to you for your compassion, kindness and patience over the last couple of weeks during what has been a very emotional time whilst we have been arranging our dad's funeral. From our first meeting you put me at ease talking about our dad; his life, family, hobbies, work and core values. The service you conducted was very special and moving and for that we are very grateful. With our very best wishes"
M.W, K. H, Urmston, Greater Manchester
"Thanks, that was really lovely." M.O, Harperhey, Manchester
"Hello Debbie, I just wanted to give you heartfelt thanks for yesterday and all you did to make it so special. It really did seem a loving celebration. Everyone there felt that too."
L.T, Chorlton, Manchester
"Organising a funeral is never easy and when you want someone to help, you would want Debbie to be the person to do it. For someone to be so calm and open is a real comfort. Someone who has the ability to understand and make someone's life real meant a lot to our family and friends at the service. What was a sad day was truly made wonderful by Debbie's service, consultation, and thoughtfulness." Lisa and David, Chorlton, Manchester
"Debbie's warmth and authenticity created a really beautiful and moving funeral service for B's family - L, my brother D, R and friends. Debbie is a gifted celebrant, who in a calm and loving way, was able to speak from the heart and with such humanity about B, describing her life and personality so effectively. Her thoughtful words about B and her genuine care for the family were so comforting. I was unsure of how I would feel experiencing a non-traditional funeral, but I found Debbie to be inclusive and welcoming to all - inviting people of faith to say the Lord's prayer and giving time for prayer for those who chose to pray, and a time of reflection for those who chose not to. It was the most inclusive and touching service I have been to. Thank you Debbie. With appreciation...." L.G, Chorlton, Manchester
"Debbie, you did an amazing job of the Service, it hit just the right note - not too sentimental (we aren't generally that kind of family) and not too 'stiff upper lip' either. Everyone commented on what a lovely service it was. All in all, it couldn't have gone any better. We consider ourselves very lucky that it was you who officiated at the service for us. With heartfelt gratitude"
Alison Podlasiuk and family, Irlam, Salford
"Hi Debbie, I've read this through and think it's lovely and very fitting for my mum."
M.M, Crumpsall, Manchester
"Thank you, that was perfect. I actually feel as if I know my dad much better now." L.F. Blackley, Manchester
“I have recently had occasion to use the services of Debbie Jones who is an independent celebrant based in Manchester (she had been recommended by close friends) at a funeral to celebrate and honour my brother who had died suddenly.
Because I have never had to organise a funeral before, the idea of trying to deal with the grief of the loss of a (close) brother whilst also being tied up in formality, protocols and paperwork was a daunting one.
I needn’t have worried. At the very first consultation at my home (Debbie is flexible and indicated that she would have been happy to do this elsewhere if I wanted to) I was immediately set at ease as she carefully teased out the important and salient points she needed, and was a calming presence throughout this, for me, emotional and difficult process.
After this initial meeting, and in the run- up to the actual day of the ceremony, Debbie was always available to address any concerns that I had, via text, email or mobile; which is really important if you are trying to plan something like this on your own, because there are many decisions and issues that have to be decided.
In terms of the ‘service’ itself, Debbie was again very flexible as she fitted her ‘script’ not only around a personal testimony that I had written, but in that she was also happy to accommodate fully five other separate personal remembrances, as well as having to find space for three pieces of music.
So: the ceremony itself could not have gone any better and was carried out exactly as both I, and my late brother, would have wanted. Debbie has a very calming presence and a genuine warmth which sets everyone at ease, and has that amazing skill whereby you think she’s addressing you personally all the way through!
Many attendees were very complimentary with regards not only to Debbie, but also to the refreshing lack of ‘formality’ (just as my brother had requested some time ago) and many also mentioned how they loved the warm and moving ‘personalisation’ of the ceremony.
Debbie is hugely & highly recommended.” Rahman Baloch, Manchester
"An excellent service. Wonderful. Thank you." H.S, Manchester
“ Thank you for the script and for the ceremony. Thank you for helping us at such a hard time. We really appreciate it.” B. B. Moston, Manchester
"Hi Debbie, just wanted to say thank you so much for all you did to send A on his way so wonderfully. Everyone who I spoke to after the service said you were really good and they said it was very good service." L.K, Leyland, Lancashire
“So lovely to sit and chat to you, Debbie, and to benefit from your warm and interested presence.” A.B, Chorlton, Manchester
“Debbie has an abundance of natural warmth, she is open and interested, listens without judgement, and you feel safe and held in her company.” A.D, Didsbury, Manchester
“I did wonder how you were going to do it without having known him but you did it really well.” S.L. Stafford, Lincolnshire
“You did a marvellous job.” R.B. Stafford, Lincolnshire
“Thank you for being so patient with us, coordinating it all in such a calm way, with grace and dignity. Thank you for being here.” K.W. Stafford, Lincolnshire
“You did brilliantly.” W.G. Stafford, Lincolnshire