Don't take my word for it...
"What!!....You have encapsulated everything, what incredible writing skills and listening skills.
We were streaming with tears and laughter reading this with a coffee this am. Rachael, I can tell you now, this is utterly brilliant work, I thank you so so much for me and my Mum."
"Such difficult times we all experienced throughout 2020. Thankfully the important process of mourning my Dad was greatly eased for all our family by finding Rachael at Grand Goodbyes through a friend's recommendation.
From our first Zoom call Rachel very clearly showed caring, empathy and genuinely took the time to learn as much about my Dad's character and all his many exploits.
She received numerous letters and emails from all our family with additional tales of my Dad, which Rachael somehow expertly managed to squeeze in, to what turned out to be the most accurate and beautifully written Eulogy of him. On the day of the funeral Rachael read out my Dad's script and eulogy with kindness and compassion, to our small gathering of close family.
It really was comforting reliving fond memories and happier times and ultimately helped to give us all some much needed closure. Her creative writing, great command of the English language, along with her professionalism and caring from start to finish, will always be remembered by myself and my family.
Thanks again Rachel for helping us give my Dad the best send off we could have hoped for through such crazy times."
"Rachael gave me, my mother and sister the most incredible farewell to John, our father and husband.
Words really cannot explain Rachael's gift, not only for language and listening skills, just full of humour which we all need at the passing of a son, father and so much more. The Eulogy while happy / sad encapsulated everything we could ever have wished for. This lady has compassion and whit and intelligence beyond her years and tree of life earrings. Give her a whirl we did! And we will always be indebted to her for a job (passion and joy) done so well. Rachael went the extra mile and we will never forget making the hardest day of our lives bearable."
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you very much for the beautiful ceremony you performed for mum. It was perfect.
I have had so many messages from family and friends that watched it online who said it was a really beautiful service and summed mum up to perfection."
"I just wanted to pass on all our thanks for the wonderful script that you prepared and read at Mum's funeral last week.
Everyone has commented on how lovely it was that it was a celebration of her life with a lovely life story of love and laughter at such a sad time. You do a wonderful job at such difficult times in peoples life's but we all felt so comfortable during our meeting with you and you will always be remembered as part of our journey. Many many thanks."
"I lost my wife, Amy, earlier this month following a short and devastating battle with cancer. Despite all the challenges that the COVID restrictions imposed Rachael was able to bring out Amy's whole life story so that it could be celebrated fully during her memorial service. Our three young children felt totally at ease talking to Rachael about their memories of their mum and both myself and Amy's mum got all the support we needed to talk about Amy - her life and the person she was. Thank you so much Rachael - you have really made such a huge difference: bringing much-needed light in a time of darkness. I could not recommend Grand Goodbyes highly enough."
" Rachael has an engaging style, which helped develop an easy rapport and gave me confidence in the process at what is a very difficult time for me and our family and friends....."
"You have been a pleasure to work with, despite the difficult circumstances, your patience and understanding are really what has made it possible."
I would like to thank you for the lovely service we had for mum on Monday.
I was worried that due to the COVID restrictions that we might feel that we had to have a service that would feel impersonal, rushed and with such a small number attending feel like we were conscious of being in an empty room. With your help and ideas we actually felt we could be more creative when planning mums service. The service on Monday was a celebration of mums life and although we felt great sadness we also laughed at the many happy memories. This is what mum would have wanted for us.
We found you to be very approachable and open to ideas. Your presentation was excellent and you made everyone feel comfortable and at ease including the children during the service.
You had some great ideas , especially for the children such as writing messages or drawing a picture in a card. Everyone felt they could take part if they wanted to.
Dispite my initial concern due to COVID I feel we actually had a celebration of life that was more of a true reflection of mum and us as a family. I feel that with your help we had the confidence to not just follow tradition but had the service that we actually wanted to have.