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Funeral Testimonials



“Thank you so much for being the celebrant at the funeral service for Mum. Your kind words and thoughtfulness was truly appreciated and you went the extra mile to ensure that everyone’s ideas were incorporated in the service. You are a lovely person.”
Gavin & Barbara - Christchurch






“Mary, a note to thank you for the way you handled my mother’s service.

Everyone I have spoken with has said they appreciated the way the ceremony was conducted, especially taking into account the Chinese content.

My brother, sister and I are grateful for you giving my mother the best sending we could imagine.


Thanking you. MC”



Good Morning Mary,

A personal thank you from our family on the beautiful service you conducted. You portrayed B’s life perfectly and we had many comments from our other family that were present how B would have been very happy with her service!   M via Live Stream from Shanghai was particularly pleased too and she was able to see and hear the whole service perfectly. Once again Mary many thanks for your professional and warm delivery of B’s service.

Bev & Alaister, Trevor & Diane - Christchurch


"I wanted to thank you for the marvellous way you conducted the service for my Mother. I was, and so were our family were very impressed with the way you handled the entire service. It was not an easy thing for me, doing something like this for the first time and you made the whole process so easy and efficient and as enjoyable as a funeral can be.
Mary, I and my family would like to thank you very much. Take care and stay healthy. Mary, thank you once again."



“Mary Mason – what a wonderful lady. From the first time we met her when she arrived at our home to the end of the service, she was great. Very highly recommended, she made everything easier as she asked the right questions and slowly gained information from us all. Our friends and relatives all commented that the service was one of the best they had been to. ‘B’ would have loved it too, I am sure. Thank you from us all.”

Kinley family – Christchurch


“I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks for the beautiful service you performed for my sister. Your soothing words brought comfort to all in attendance.
Everybody I have spoken to since the service commented on what a lovely tribute it was to ‘R’. I truly appreciate your services. Thank you”

Anne B - Christchurch


“We would like to thank Mary Mason, who was just lovely. We loved how she spent a lot of time with us, understanding our family, and spending time at Mum’s home getting a feeling of her personality and family life. Many thanks”

Maurice & family - Christchurch


"Dear Mary - I would like to thank you most sincerely for your help and the very good advice you gave us in arranging the funeral of a dear friend and mother in law.
You went the 'extra mile' for us at a difficult time with your quiet sound advice. The sensitive way you approached each stage of the process was much appreciated and your attention to detail unquestionable.
MW was a very special lady to me, I wanted a dignified and lovely farewell for her. Your efforts, your charming demeanor, elegant dress and professionalism helped us achieve this and for that and I am truly grateful."

Carole - Christchurch


“I wanted to thank you so much for making Dad’s funeral as special as it was. You spoke with respect and dignity and it was really appreciated. Dad would have enjoyed meeting you. Thank you again.
Diane & family – Christchurch


“…Mary has a lot of experience working with people in many different aspects of their lives. She always shows the utmost integrity when dealing with people.
Her professional experience of death and grief is helpful as a funeral celebrant, an area which interests her.
She has children in both conventional relationships and also in same sex relationships. This means she has confronted the issues around same sex marriage and embraces that aspect of the role…” 

Dr. Gayle O’Duffy


“We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the wonderful service you provided. In particular, your eulogy showed great insight into the Fred we knew and loved, and your thoughtful words showed deep perception. Likewise the committal and benediction were eloquent and very moving. Once again, thank you so much.”

Glenda & Steven, Christchurch

“When my father passed away we called on Mary to help us plan his funeral and help us to celebrate his life. Mary's attention to detail in gathering the story of George’s life, meant we had a funeral that reminded those present of a life well lived and helped us share the special person we loved and missed.
Thank you Mary for your kindness and professionalism, welcoming family and friends, taking the service and attending to the interment; to have all of the details taken care of was such a weight off our shoulders.”

Liz B, Methven


We just wanted to say we were very impressed with the compassion and thoughtfulness that you showed! We realized that you would not have met our darling Jenny but we all felt you captured the essence of our wee dynamo! Really just wanted to say thank you, we all went home feeling it was a fabulous service and a great send off for a special Aunt, so thank you so much!

Helen & family - Christchurch


“I cannot begin to thank you enough for the manner in which you conducted my mother’s service. I cannot believe my good fortune to have been present at June C’s service, hence I heard you there!
I am sure I write on behalf of my family and the “whole congregation” – or should I say “gathering” who were fortunate enough to hear your service. My heartfelt thanks.”

Jill W, Christchurch


“Thank you very much for the thoughtful, considerate way you took the funeral and dealt with us. We really appreciate the time and effort you put into making P’s funeral a special time for remembering him.”

Karen & Staff, Princess Margaret Hospital, Christchurch


“We do appreciate the way you handled the service and your thorough preparation before the funeral. You make such a lovely celebrant! It makes such a difference when ceremonies are handled with a combination of gentleness, professionalism and warmth.”

Lynne & family, Christchurch


“We received the ceremony notes today and are just delighted and so impressed with the great job that you did for the family. No wonder all comments were so favourable. Please accept our compliments and sincere thanks.”

Janet & Bill, Hamilton

“I would just like to thank you on behalf of our family for the excellent way you handled the service for Dad yesterday. The feedback on your service for Dad has been outstanding. It was a sad loss and we were unsure how the service would go as you were unknown to us at the time of Dad’s passing. Our briefing session with you was enlightening and fun to relate Dad’s life of 96 years into a service taking around an hour. Your deliverance of events that made up Dad’s life was amazing, respectful and made a compelling story. Your advice regarding hymns and readings were perfect. Thanks again for making Dad’s life reflection such a memorable event. I would be happy to pass on our experience if you have clients who need a referral. Whilst we hope to be not in the need of your services in the near future, we would be happy to call on you again. Many thanks once again.”

Mark Rayner & family, Christchurch





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