Testimonials

 

Hello Kevin  – Adrian Thornton 2nd October 2020

Just wanted to say thank you so very much for your delivery of the service for Adrian today. You had only the briefest of outlines to work with, yet you put it all together so well.

Your readings were perfectly executed, not rushed, and spoken with the correct emphasis on each word to make the sentences as meaningful as the authors intended them to be.

The music was perfectly chosen, seeing as I hadn’t a clue about that.

The timings for each reading and piece of music seemed right too. Nothing too long or too short.

You are certainly the right man for the job.

All the best

Heather Thornton

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Dear Kevin,

On behalf of Laura’s family I would like to offer you our heartfelt thanks for your wonderful guidance and advice leading up to her funeral and for your lovely words of comfort during the service itself.

You helped us through what seemed to be an overwhelming task with compassion, understanding and care.

The poems that you provided were beautiful.

We had many comments from friends and family about how the service was conducted in a calm, smooth and dignified way.

Thank you for your kindness and humour.

Kind regards and best wishes

Maggie Mitchell

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Hi Kevin – Dads service 23rd July 2020

Just wanted to say  a huge thank you from the whole family. The service was just what Dad would have wanted.

We got a lot of comfort from your fantastic approach and kindness.

Many thanks and kind regards from the whole family.

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Our Mother passed away in May in what have been truly difficult times and Kevin kindly agreed to be the celebrant for the cremation. Having to follow the government guidelines we were understandably worried but as with our fathers funeral that took place in December he made the service a memorable one . It is always a difficult time losing a loved but to here words spoken in such a kind gentle manner eased the pain for the family .
He truly has been gifted with a talent and you would not wish to meet a nicer person . Once again thank you from all the family.

Karen Mathieson

Hi Kevin – The funeral of Mr Frank Everett 24.06.20

I have just gained the courage to watch the video of my uncle Franks funeral. I feel like I have now had chance to say my goodbyes to him and celebrate his life even though I live at the other side of the world and sadly couldn’t attend his funeral in person.

I want to take this opportunity to say just how perfect the service was and I want to sincerely thank you for this.

My auntie Sheila was so impressed with you.  You have made this devastating time in her life, full of proud memories that she gave Frank the service that he deserved.

With kind regards

Liz

We cannot thank Kevin enough for the service he gave at my father funeral on 13.3.20. My mum, brother and myself were touched by Kevin’s service and although he had never met my dad he spoke as he had know him years.
In a time of emotional upset Kevin made my family feel at ease and it is something we will be always be grateful for.
Thank you once again xx

Dear Kevin
Me and the family would like to thank you for the lovely service you did for Beryl on Wednesday. You did her proud, and captured her spirit and personality perfectly.
So once again, thank you.

From our family we would like to thank Kevin for the professional and compassionate way he
conducted the funeral service for mum Violet Savery. He spoke of mum with great feeling allowing us to reflect on her life and all the memories she left us.
It was a beautiful service.
Thank-you Kevin

Our father passed away at the start of December and Kevin kindly agreed to be the celebrant for the cremation that took place yesterday. I would just like to say a big thank you to him , he made the service a memorable one it’s always a difficult time losing a loved one and to hear words spoken in such a kind gentle manner eased the pain for the family .
He’s been gifted with a talent, a kind and gentle sole and you would not wish to meet a nicer person .
Thank you Kevin

Thanks so much for the ceremony for our mum. It was very well done and suited the needs of the variety of people there – family and friends. You made the whole process really easy for me answering all my questions so that I could let family and friends know what was happening. We very much appreciate your part in saying goodbye and you for your sensitivity.

Hi Kevin,

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for conducting my dear mum’s departure today. Sir, everything was perfect- as a family we appreciate the time you took to spend with us and your delivery today was superlative! Thank you for making such a difficult situation so bearable.

Regards

Paul Beevers

Hello Kevin
I am really sorry we could not get to chat with you after the service on Friday.

On behalf of myself, Angela and our family and friends we would like to thank you for the beautiful service you delivered for our Mum. Everything you said was just how we wanted and the balance was right in terms of humour, touching on her religious beliefs and paying her respect.

Everyone we spoke to thought it was so relevant and they could recognise everything that was said. During the service we could hear the laughter as they recalled the things you mentioned that were relevant to them.

We took great comfort from this, on which was a heart-breaking day for us. Afterwards we were able to continue to remember Mum as a family with fondness and laughter which is just what she would have wanted.

May thanks once again

Hi Kevin,

I would like to thank you for the lovely service you conducted at the funeral of my brother Kevan. It was difficult losing him & none of us were prepared for the funeral however, the respect & consideration you showed during the service was much appreciated & made it easier leaving him.

Michelle & I have received lots of comments, ‘it’s the best funeral I’ve been to’ was the most common. Then quickly followed by ‘if you can say that’.

Thank you so much Kevin

Kind regards

Hello Kevin

We just wanted to write and thank you for your excellent oration at my mother’s funeral service yesterday.

Funerals are always difficult for families, and ours is no exception. Your summary of her life was a joy to listen to however and made the day very special. It was a true celebration and very much more happy than sad. I think that this is how she would have wanted it to be.

Marjorie was a unique person and you captured her beautifully. It led on to a hundred other stories being told last evening. She would have loved being the centre of such attention!

Thanks again. You are excellent at what you do. We very much hope to avoid needing your services in the future but be assured that yesterday was very much appreciated by Jan, myself and the wider family.

With very best wishes

Hello Kevin,
I we would to thank you on behalf offer our family for the lovely service you did for our mum on Thursday.
Your kind relaxed manor from the very beginning made it so easy for us to talk about our mum and give you the information you needed to put together such lovely words.
Once again thank you.
Pauline. (on behalf of the Hughes family)

Thank you so much for the lovely service you conducted for my father’s
funeral on Wednesday the 8th of May at Ardsley crematorium(Kenneth
Walton).
Many of our family and friends commented on you personally as being a
very professional person, a lovely man and on how well you delivered the
service.
Can I personally say I was very pleased with the words you spoke
portraying my father’s personality, you got him down to a T.
Kind regards

Thank you so much for today it was a lovely service we were all deeply moved by your words also could you tell me again the name of the poem you read out it touched us dearly.

I highly recommend Kevin Shepherd as a Funeral Celebrant. My family knew that a religious service for my Dad, Stan Fisher, would not be right for us and on the recommendation of the funeral directors, Kevin came to see us. He spent the afternoon with us talking about Dad and from that time devised a wonderful service to celebrate Dad's life. He included things from Dad's childhood all the way through to his short stay in a fantastic local care home. All the congregation felt included and interested, on such a sad day, Kevin guided us in celebrating Dad's life.
We don't think you could do better than Kevin Shepherd.

Im Lise Alderson. Kevin was our celebrant who took my mam kathleen Aldersons funeral service on 13.3.18. From our first meeting at my dads he listened with patience emphathy and genuine interest as we talked about our mam who died suddenly from breast cancer. He offered us support and guidance and asked valuable and insightful questions. Our apt. Lasting around 1.5 hours. As a large family we also rang him adding more bits wed thought of even on occasion at late hours. He always listened patiently assuring us it was never an inconveninent time and really going over and above the call of duty. The funeral he held totally summed the true spirit of my mam he spoke with such warmth and care that made us laugh cry and smile as he shared my mams life and loves. We as a family couldnt have got through it without him. Over 120 people attended and at her wake countless people thanked us for choosing kevin some assuming he must have known my mam and family well as he spoke with such love and understanding of what made my mam so special. We will always be grateful for all he did as he made such a sad loss a beautiful tribute and fitting celebration of my mam. My dad John and all our family and friends were so moved and thank him more than l can put into words. A truly special caring professional and amazing celebrant and man. We will always be grateful and remember his kind words with love pride and admiration. From John and the Alderson and Tutill families.

Dear Kevin, I could not have wished for a more poignant service than you conducted for my mum Shirley May Grimes………. Dignity,respect and an excellent manner are the words that spring to mind, from the initial phone call to the visit to our home and the service, nothing has been too much trouble, we would have no hesitation in recommending your excellent service to others……..once again many thanks Martin Donna and family

Lovely man and gave my dad a really nice funeral service. Would definitely recommend kevin shepherd. Jane Dunk and family

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