Funeral Celebrant. Wedding Celebrant. Multi-faith minister. Pilgrimage walk guides. John Merrill.
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Some of the letters I have received for my funeral service work -

15/7/2022 - St. Patrick's Chapel, Leytonside, London - Dear John, Thank you so much for delivering such a lovely service; David would have very much enjoyed it. Everyone was very complementary. Suzie & Keith.

 12/4/2022 - Funeral Service for an old friend in Bentley Crematorium, Brentwood Essex. -

"Hi John, I would just like to say a massive thank you from myself and family for your wonderful service yesterday. You did such an amazing job and I was so happy with how it all came together. I know somewhere Dad was looking down smiling' A. C.

13/3/2021 - Funeral Service and burial - Parndon Wood, Harlow. "Dear John, We would like to thank you for the lovely service you performed for our Dad today. We have had family from across the world and country saying how wonderful is was. So thank you again, we really appreciate what you did." The service was webcast to Barbados. One  I did the week before was webcast to Manilla, Phillipines.

17/1/2020 - Funeral service and burial in Manor Park, Cemetery, London.

"Thank you so much for conducting my Daddy's funeral yesterday. You were the perfect pick." CT

The photo on the left is of the King of Jasou, Ghana, who came especially to his uncle's funeral service and gave a tribute.

21/1/2020 - "Thank you so much for your kindness and support. Best wishes J & J A.

 27/8/2019 - Hi, John, I would just like to thank you on behalf of my family and myself for the wonderful service you have done for our Dad. You did us around Than k you, j. s. k. l. & M.

16/2/2019 -Just to say - Dear John, I would like to thank you most sincerely on behalf of my family & myself for conducting the funeral on Monday 4th. February four our beloved father, James Powers, in a vey personal, sensititive and compassionate way and understanding of the man he was and what he meant to the family. God bless. Thank you so much for all your help and attention. H and family.

21/1/2019 - " Hi John, I just wanted to say a very big thank you for giving my Dad an amazing service for his send off on Friday. I think he would be so proud and happy with everything done for the day." KP

12/1/2019 - "Many, many thanks for helping us all to celebrate Joan's life. Personally it made a stressful time bearable - uplifting even." D. B.

19/12/2018 - "The service was perfect - we smiles & cried. Thank you so very much. P & I.

Hi John, We would just like to thank you once again for arranging and holding such a wonderful service yesterday. It is never easy for us to deal with such sad occasions which suddenly affect our busy everyday lives. But the comfort you gave us all in remembering and paying tribute to Mum and her life will live with us forever. Many thanks, TS.

Dear John, Many thanks for making Friday so special. I could not have wished anything better. Yours, R.H.

Hi, Just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for my Mum's service yesterday. Everybody said it was a very thoughtful and warm remembrance, I'm very grateful. JN

Hi, John, thank you so much for the sympathetic way in which you conducted Mums service on Friday. Your gentle manner helped keep an atmosphere of calm. E.

Good evening John, Many thanks for the tremendous service on Friday, we are all so pleased with your massive imput. S.A.E.

Dear John, on behalf of everyone in the family, I would like to thank you very much for leading the service. Everyone there thought it was a lovely occasion and left us in good spirits at the end. I thought what you said was very appropriate and was a fitting farewell. She would have approved! Thank you for supplying the right atmosphere for an occasion we shall always remember.


Revd. John, Thank you very much for today. You made my Dads day very special for us all. Many thanks EM.

Dear John, thank you for a beautiful and perfect service for my father. AF.

Thank you so much John, Your gentleness, your wise words, and your ability to fit in entirely with my wishes meant that we feel completely satisfied that my lovely Mum had a perfect send of. Best wishes to you. L.W.

Dear John, I can not thank you enough for your amazing service today. It was truly wonderful. Once again many thanks. M.

Dear John, many thanks for a wonderfiul ceremony yesterday. Everyone I spoke to said how pleasant you had made the event. R.

Rev John, thank you so very much. Lots of thanks, T and family.

Dear John, Just a word to say we thought you did us proud at our Mother's funeral service. We thought your tribute and the service was spoken with care and warmth. Thank you and best wishes from us both. D & I.B.

Dear John, We would like to thank you for everything you did for us on the day. The service was loveky and we were very pleased with the Order of Service. AW.

Dear Reverend John, We wish to express our thanks for the truly beautiful service you performed, and for the way you cared for us through our sad day. We appreciate your services. MS.

Dear John, thank you so much for the lovely service you gave for our dad, "Matt". It meant so much to all, M & R.

Dear John, Just a little note to say a big thank you for all you have done to ensure my Aunt Iris's thanksgiving service was a fitting tribute to her life - we could not have done it without you. You have been such a blessing. Kind regards, S & G.

Dear john, I writing to thank you for your hekp before and during the cremation of my late husband. Because of your help, the service went smoothly and I have had many comments on how nice it was, and this was because of your patience and understanding. M. C.

Dear John, I wanted to thank you for all your help and support over the last few days. I also wanted to thank you for making the service so very personal for us. M.C.

Dear John, I really should have written before to thank you so much for a most moving and gentle service for my late mother. It was just what I wanted and I know my mum would have loved it too, strangely. A.S.

 Dear John, Thank you you very much for an excellent send off for my Aunt Eileen last Thursday. J, E, J and L.

Dear John,Thank you so much for doing the lovely service for Mum and Dad. I really appreciated what you have done. Best wishes. J.B

Dear John,At timers it was a struggle to achieve what we all wanted for Margaret's funeral, but everything came together, I feel, perfectly. Thank you so much for all that you did and for conducting the service so very well, Margaret would have approved!Sincerely. P.G.

Especially for you ....Thank You! .....Dropping a line to say a very big Thank You. John, on behalf of the Alexander family, thank you for your help during these difficult times, We are eternally grateful. J. C. G. B.

Dear John,Thank you for a lovely service, we all really appreciate the time and effort you put in our behalf. Thank you, S.T.

Dear John,I would like to thank you for all your help regarding my Mother's funeral on the 6th. October. Yours sincerely, P.A.

Dear John.We heard from Christine and others that you gave a wonderful service. Once again, many thanks. S

Dear Rev. John,Thank you so much for the tribute and service you gave for Barrie yesterday. I would lust like to say that we were all touched and moved by such a thoughtful and sincere service. D.N.

To Revd. John, Thank you so much for the wonderful and moving funeral of Jim. You helped to make the process a lot easier to bear and I am very grateful for that. The service was touching and you said everything that I wanted to say. Thank you once again. Y.A.

Dear Rev John, Just sending you this card to show our appreciation for the beautiful Service you gave our much loved Mum. It was most inspiring and comforting for the family to hear your words of encouragement on the most distressing time in our lives. 'Thank you is the thought, in this card you will find. To someone who's been ever so kind' CP, DP, LP, RP.

Dear Reverend Merrill, On behalf of my sister and I, we would like to take this opportunity to so 'sincerely thank you' for the beautiful, compassionate and fitting service you gave four late mother. We, like many of the family and friends who attended, felt the service was a beautiful, fitting tribute to our late mother.

Whilst over whelmed with the emotion of the day, I managed to stay sufficiently calm to listen to the service and was wonderfully comforted by your own address, In this, you eluded to the healing process of coming to terms with a loss and I can say categorically that your wonderful service has started this long process.

Without meaning to sound patronising, I hope you feel comforted and proud of the service.

Thank you once again, Kindest regards,IG and LH.

Thank you for your kindness and support at my late wife's funeral and also for the book which I have enjoyed reading. T.K.

Thank you so much for all the help and kindness you showed towards me and the family at such a difficult time. Lovely service. T.

Dear Rev. John, Our sincere thanks for acting so effectively as the celebrant, at Dad's funeral, yesterday. Your sensitive handling of a sad occasion was much appreiciated. Thank you also for the folder containing the complete "Order of Service". Kindest regards R & J.

Hi John, S and I would both like to thank you again for Pat's service. You really helped create a personal tribute which helped all those that attended. As I mentioned before, there were a number of couples there that said that it was a lovely service. All the best, P & S.