Funeral Testimonials


Hi Malcolm,
I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you very much again for today. Our family were really pleased with your speech which you read in both a humorous and very interesting way, and many of our guests commented on how much they liked the service. Kindest regards Sally G August 2019

Good morning Malcolm,
Sandra and I would like to thank you for making Eddie’s funeral such a lovely occasion.
Your words were so kind and thoughtful. Everyone said what a lovely service it was , one of our friends even said it was the best funeral she had been to.
Many many thanks. Kindest regards Sandra and Trevor. July 2019

Good evening Malcolm
Just a quick message on behalf of myself and my family to say thank you for the wonderful service you conducted for David's funeral. It was noted by all who attended that it was a very fitting service for David and we are extremely grateful to you.
Kind regards Lisa Jeanne and Marilyn July 2019

Good Afternoon Malcolm
Dad just wanted me to pass on our thanks and gratitude for the lovely service for Mum yesterday. Everyone commented on the tribute and how nice it was to hear about Mum.
Thank you again and kindest regards Carolyn July 2019

Hi Malcolm
Mum and I would like to thank you very much for the way you guided us in the preparation , conducted dad’s funeral service and delivered the eulogy.  Everyone commented on how much they felt it was a fitting tribute to Frank.
Best wishes Elaine June 2019

Hello Malcolm
Many thanks for conducting a perfect service yesterday. the family and myself are grateful for your guidance and help achieving the Service we wanted for Steve.
Thank you once again. Kind regards Mary K June 2019

Dear Malcolm,
I cannot thank you enough for the fantastic delivery of the celebration service you provided for David. There was a lot of factors to take into consideration and you enabled Tracy and I to deliver what he would of wanted.
I know in time we will take some comfort from the service and we will look back on the service booklet you provided as a warm memory of  a special day. Warm regards Jackie June 2019


Hello Malcolm
I would like to thank you  for reading the tribute to Steph so well yesterday.
Both Linda and myself appreciate your efforts, you helped a difficult day to pass smoothly
Warmest regards Steve March 2019

Dear Malcolm,
We would like to thank you for the lovely service you took yesterday for Michael.  It seemed just right and you conducted it beautifully. Many people commented on how lovely it was.
With our warmest regards, Michelle and family April 2019

Hi Malcolm,
I just wanted to thank you again for preceding over such a nice service for dad, on behalf of Christine, Rebecca and myself. It all went very well – we have had many comments saying how good it was, and that David would have approved! Thank you for suggesting the poem too – it was perfect.
Best Wishes J, R and C February 2019

Dear Malcolm,
I just wanted to thank you for yesterday.  I thought your words and choice of poetry were perfect and heartfelt and I couldn’t have wished for a better service.  My sister and father too were very happy with the way it went and I know that my dad wanted to ask you to join us at the Golf Club afterwards and he felt regretful that he didn’t think to invite you at the time. Kindest regards J and S February 2019

Dear Malcolm,
Just a brief email to say a heartfelt 'thank you' for your key role in my father's funeral. It was a great comfort and reassurance to know we were in such good hands: an essential aspect of coming to terms with the death and then moving on. I particularly appreciated that RAF poem at the end.
With kindest regards and all best wishes, Sue February 2019

Just wanted to send an email of appreciation for the beautiful service you conducted for my mum yesterday. Everybody who attended commented on how personal and from the heart it was. You managed, despite never meeting her, to get things just right. Although I continue to grieve for my mum, my memory of her funeral is a good one. That is largely down to you so, thank you.
Kind regards Emma January 2019

Dear Malcolm
You led a beautiful service, very warm and personal.
You obviously took time to get a sense of Adrian from our tributes, much appreciated.
Thank you very much. Carol and Eileen January 2019

Hi Malcolm
Just wanted to thank you for the service you conducted for my mum, you captured the very essence of who she was.
Kind regards Paula January 2019

Dear Malcolm
Thank you for giving my darling husband Frank a wonderful funeral service.
Kind regards, Carolyn December 2018

Hi Malcolm
On behalf of the family I would like to thank you for conducting dad's ceremony today. Everyone commented on the lovely things said. As we had hoped, everyone that attended loved the tribute and the humour held within it. They said that they found themselves nodding and laughing in agreement to everything.
Again, many thanks. Kindest regards, Tracy November 2018

Hi Malcolm
Just wanted to say Thankyou very much for yesterday. Everybody said that it was a lovely service.
Kind regards Elaine November 2018

On behalf of Pamela and myself I would like to thankyou for the moving tribute and service you gave to celebrate Karen's Life. We don't think it could have been done any better.
Thank you Jeff November 2018

Dear Malcolm
On behalf of myself and my family, I want to say a heartfelt thankyou for conducting such a beautiful service for Ron on Thursday.
Yours Sincerely Mary September 2018

Dear Malcolm
On behalf of Victoria and myself, I would like to thank you for your help in preparing for and conducting the funeral service for Nigel last Friday.
I think it was all very appropriate and covered the major parts of his life suitably. It was fitting that, as well as family, there were among the few attendees, representatives from both his working life and his interest in lighting.
Very many thanks again for making things go as smoothly as possible in the circumstances.
Kind regards Lesley September 2018

Dear Malcolm
Just a note to say thank you very much for conducting my mother's funeral on the day,  I think it was a lovely send off and went down very well, Lincolnshire music included !  I do appreciate all the time and effort you put in beforehand while talking with us and then preparing the service,  thank you also for your kindness and patience.
I wish you the very best in future.
With kind regards, Nola August 2018

Dear Malcolm
Many thanks for your part in the sensitive and uplifting funeral service for my mother, Margaret C.
Very best wishes Jennie July 2018

Dear Malcolm. Many thanks for leading the service today & for your lovely words. You gave us a beautiful dedication to my mother which we all appreciated.
Thank you so much, Heather. July 2018

Dear Malcolm - I write to express my gratitude for all your thoughtfulness and infinite patience in helping me to arrange Colins' funeral. Never having to face the situation before it was a great relief to me to find I was in the hands of someone who could carry out my wishes so seamlessly however awkward or demanding they were! I had many comments on the music and thanks to you I can now play "In the wee small hours of the Morning" as often as I feel the need! It has become very precious to me! Dawn. May 2018

Malcolm - Many thanks for the service this morning for Mum.  It was much appreciated and it is still difficult to realize that she is no longer with us.  She would have approved that it mixed the right balance between lightheartedness and remembrance.
Many thanks once again Elizabeth May 2018

Hi Malcolm, Thank you very family loved the reading you did for my mam. Will recommend you to friends.
Many thanks Jean May 2018

Good Morning Malcolm,
I wish to thank you for the well-run and pleasant service that you lead for us.  Many of our friends commented on how nicely things had gone.  Again, thank you for your leadership.
kind regards Rod April 2018

Dear Malcolm
I just want to thank you for yesterday.  The whole event went very well, and it was all down to you.  Your guidance and sensitivity was invaluable - I’m sure I didn’t make it easy for you with all the changes, even right up to the last moments.  But it all went very smoothly, and everyone was very complimentary.
It was a pleasure to meet you, and I hope we meet again - in the nicest possible way!
Very best wishes Liz, Paul and family March 2018

On behalf of myself and the family, we want to thank you for your support in leading a fine celebration and tribute to our Mums life.
Although a very emotional time for all of the family yesterday, your professionalism in producing and delivering the tribute was a great comfort to us in giving Mum the send off she deserved. The feedback from our relatives and Mums sisters and friends was also a joy to receive, confirming that she had the send off that warranted her full and a long life that touched everyone that attend yesterdays service and many more.
Best Regards Alan, Jane and Robert March 2018

Dear Malcolm
On behalf of all the family, I would like to thank you for helping us to celebrate Mums life and to give her a wonderful send off
Regards Sue February 2018

Dear Malcolm
Paul and I would like to thank you so much for the help andguidance that you gave to usin saying goodbye to Brian/Dad.
We were especially moved by the order of service folders you so kindly did for us, and it is hard to remember all that was said with all the emotions of the day, it was much appreciated.
A lot of our friends said to us what a lovely, and different service it was.
Kind regards Jess and Paul. February 2018

Hello Malcolm,
On behalf of all of us a massive thank you!!
We appreciate all your efforts today and we think you did us proud.
Kind regards Demi and all the family January 2018

Dear Malcolm
I wanted to drop you a line today to say thank you for conducting mum’s service today.
We had so many lovely comments and many compliments on our choice of celebrant - you were just perfect.  I know Mum would have approved whole heartedly.
Thank you again. Sharon January 2018

I just wanted to say thank you for today. It was never going to be easy but I felt it was a beautiful service which Dad would have loved.
In case you wondered Dad and Harry sent me a tip for the 1.50 called Frank and Fair my Dads nature and my partners son so it had to be. I bet on it first thing and it won at 15/2.
Kindest regards
Libby and Family December 2017

Hi Malcolm
On behalf of the family, just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful service you delivered today - it was a wonderful tribute to our dear Dad
Kind regards
Roy and family November 2017

Hello Malcolm
Many thanks for giving such a wonderful service. My father would have been very proud.
Several members of the family said afterwards that it was one of the best funeral services they had attended. It was a fitting, light-hearted tribute that was so in keeping with my father's character and sense of humour.
Kind regards
DH and Family October 2017

Hello Malcolm
We would just like to thank you for the tribute and service you did for our Mum yesterday it was excellent.
D,J and Family October 2017

Hello Malcolm,
Thank you very much for your support and help with saying goodbye to Gerald. It was a lovely service. Thank you for helping Ella get through her tribute. She said she nearly gave up but your look of encouragement helped her to finish. I was very proud of her.
Thank you once again
Kind regards S, G and family October 2017

Hi Malcolm,
All the family commented on the lovely service you gave so thank you from us all.
D and family October 2017

Dear Malcolm
My family and I would  like to say a big thank you for your services and support in dealing with all matters regarding the funeral service of our loving husband, great dad and dear grandad.
From the initial meeting at home through to the end of the service we found you very professional, gave excellent advice and were kind, caring and thoughtful in dealing with all sensitive issues at this very sad time. It was a lovely service.  We received some positive comments with one being “it was tastefully done.”
We would definitely recommend you and the services you offer to those who find themselves in the same situation.

Once again thank you.
Kind regards
E and family August 2017

Hi Malcolm,
Just wanted to thank you on behalf of all of us for the lovely service you did for Dad yesterday. Sorry we didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye to you at the crematorium it all got a bit overwhelming.
It was a beautiful service and we know that Dad would have been proud

J,B and J July 2017

Could I just send a belated message of thanks for Dad’s service? As many people might, our Mum was dreading the whole occasion but you made it exactly right. We all thought it was lovely: small and intimate and really warm in tone (even if too warm in weather!)
Also, the afternoon when we talked about Dad to you was so good for Mum’s state of mind, and exactly right for reviewing the essence of his character.
Very grateful to you, and wish you all the best. JL June 2017

Many thanks to Malcolm Desborough for his loving and comforting Celebrant Service.
B, S and L June 2017

Dear Malcolm,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for the way you conducted my wife’s funeral. We had so many comments from those who came telling us how moving it had been and how well it had captured the different facets of her personality and character. Your calm efficiency was certainly a big factor in this.

F, C and D  May 2017

Dear Malcolm,
It is hard to believe a week has already passed since Mum’s funeral and my apologies for not writing sooner.
However on behalf of the family, we would like to thank you for the part you played in making what was a difficult and emotional time successful. I received a number of comments from people attending to say that we had got it just right, respectful but with personal memories that helped celebrate Mum’s life.
It was a pleasure to meet you, thank you for giving us the time we needed to prepare and for looking after us on the day.

Best regards, I,P,M and J  May 2017

Dear Malcolm,
Thank you for all your help, guidance and patience in facilitating the entire proceedings for Davids funeral, it was such a comfort, and could not have been better (if that is the right terminology) message clipped at this point. Thank you again Malcolm for everything. J

April 2017

Dear Malcolm,
My sisters and I would like to thank you for conducting the service at our Dads cremation yesterday.
You helped very much to make a difficult day more bearable and gave a very good account of our much loved father. After the ceremony we had many mourners congratulate us on the style and professional way that the service had been conducted. Some even were in discussions with their partners to say that they want to follow a similar service when their time comes and they are already thinking about the music they want to be played. B, B, and A

April 2017

Dear Malcolm
Thank you so much for the transcript of the service, I had not thought it would mean so much as on the day you are not really aware of what is being said, so this is just the thing to keep and treasure.
Many thanks again for your help S, and J

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