Thank you

…to each and every person who has put pen to paper to express how they have felt after using Memorial Woodlands Funeral Directors and/or following an interment in our woodland cemetery.

Here’s a small selection for you to enjoy.

  • Dear Chris Hiatt Baker

    Thank you for the spring newsletter. It always gives me the most pleasant of memories.


  • Dear Mr Reynolds

    I visited Dan’s grave on Sunday and was delighted to see both tree and memorial stone in place. Please thank your stone mason for such an excellent piece of work.

  • Dear Peter

    I am just writing to say thank you very much for the wonderful work you did for my family by preparing a memorial stone for my late father.

    It was really nice to be able to lay the stone on what would have been his birthday. It provided us all with a sense of closure. Although the void he leaves behind will always be with us., being able to do this for him has certainly helped us all as a family.

    Thanks again for all your expertise in making a wonderful stone available to us at such short notice.

    The family of SD
  • Dear Allan and all the staff,

    My sister and I thank you so much for all your work and help in arranging our mother’s funeral. You helped so much in the run-up to the 15th January. Lots of communication and all our odd requests met, especially the TV. You made sure the day was worry-free for us, stepping in to help where needed and being completely behind the scenes otherwise. You left us to fully concentrate on the occasion which was splendid – the guests thought so, too.

    With kindest wishes,

    CA-M and PM
  • Dear Martin

    May I thank you so much for all the help you gave me before and after Hazel’s funeral … The choice of Karen as celebrant was perfect. The choice of Memorial Woodlands surpassed even my best hopes.

    Although I had previous good feedback from friends regarding Memorial Woodlands it was only after I met you and visited the chapel and reception building that I was sure it be the right place to say goodbye to Hazel.

    During the day you were available and able to help me when needed. In view of the large number who came I understand you asked the staff to bring out more food, which was much appreciated.

    Everyone I spoke to was delighted by the buildings and grounds. The long drive through the grounds to the funeral buildings ensured the funeral was really private and respectful.

    Although we were not able to fully enjoy the gardens because of the time of year, the fish pond did prove a point of fascination for the children present!

    Once you have experienced the difference [between Memorial Woodlands] and more traditional funerals, you would not want to go back to the usual system of one funeral followed immediately by another.

    A sad occasion was turned into the celebration of a happy life that Hazel so wanted. I know she, too, would have been delighted.

    My very best wishes,

  • As I reflect on our day celebrating my mother, Gladys’s, life, I am filled with pleasure. It was perfect – exactly as I had imagined it!

    Your guidance was invaluable to me and to Colin. After our first meeting we were confident we were in caring hands. Everyone played their part and it all came straight from the heart, culminating in a beautiful, spiritual and joyous occasion. By the way, the ‘bubbles’ were a master stroke. I thought I was in heaven when I walked out of the chapel!

  • Jane

    Just a short note to you and everyone at Woodlands to thank you for your help and support and for a wonderful service at John’s funeral on Monday. Your patience with my idiosyncratic requests was fantastic! I couldn’t have asked for more.

  • Thank you from all the family for your kind and thoughtful attention to our needs for Martin’s funeral. We felt the day went well. Woodlands provides a beautiful setting and it was good to be able to take things at our own pace.

  • To Memorial Woodlands

    To you all I wish to say a sincere thank-you for your kind invitation to the military service of remembrance on 25 June. The service was very impressive in such superb and peaceful surroundings and lunch was excellent.

    Being an old service personnel (Army, 1941-1946) it meant a lot to me.

  • Dear all

    I have wanted to write this letter for many days but it has taken me a while before I felt able to do it. I would like to thank you all for making Nick’s funeral not a sad occasion but a very lovely one.

    So many people have said what a wonderful ‘send-off’ Nick had and what a beautiful place Woodlands is. It is a very beautiful place but it is you, the team, who make it so special. From the moment Alan came to collect Nick I knew he was in the right hands.

    The day was perfect – the chapel, the flowers, the service, the party but it is you, Alan, that my heartfelt thanks goes [sic] to. You were so kind and led us, Nick’s three girls, to choose the best possible ending for him. Thank you so very much.

  • Dear Martin

    We would like to thank you for all your help during our difficult time sorting Stan’s funeral. You made the whole process a lot easier.

    Our many thanks,

    M, T and V F
  • Hello Peter

    Just a quick email to say thank you so much for getting my husband’s memorial stone sorted and in place so quickly.

    It was something I kept putting off and then I needed for today.

  • I wanted to send you a quick email to say to you both and the whole team at Woodland a VERY BIG thank you for everything you all did for Mum and for us for Mum’s funeral on Monday.

    I knew that I wanted her funeral at Woodlands from the time that Mum died, given my experience as a guest at two other funerals I attended at Woodlands and as soon as Paul and Sue came to see you they both knew it was right for Mum.

    From the minute I made the first phone call you have all treated us with kindness, respect and laughter, which as you may have gathered plays a great part in all our families’ lives and personalities.

    The flowers were beautiful and I have spoken to Helen today to thank her.

    I wanted to pass on my particular thanks to all the team, from the pall bearers to the reception staff who have all been fantastic and everyone else behind the scenes who we didn’t speak to.

    The atmosphere at Woodlands is very special and I am especially grateful that you meant it when you said that nothing was too much trouble and you would accommodate our wishes.

  • I feel compelled to write to you how relieved I feel having sorted out my funeral plan and thank you for making it feel so natural, rather than morbid. I wouldn’t like to burden those I leave behind with the pressure of second-guessing my wishes, the way I had to second-guess my aunt’s in February.
  • I was a guest at Penny’s (surname removed) funeral last week and just wanted to let you know it was the nicest send-off I have seen for anyone. Everyone was lovely and the reception was simply beautiful, with all the photos and keepsakes. Thanks, in particular, for finding me plasters when I needed help.

  • I feel so much happier having sorted out my Will and my Power of Attorney. Having seen at first hand the problems it causes when you have neither I was determined not to saddle my family with the problems.

  • Dear Olivia and colleagues

    Thank you so much for all your support on Tuesday. The chapel looked lovely and somehow its light, calm airiness took the edge of all our grief. The wake was incredible – many people commented on the simple but delicious food and how lovely it was to be able to mingle upstairs and down and around the pond.

    I have made up my mind to return and sort out my own funeral plan – so see you soon.

  • I just wanted to put pen to paper to tell you how much it means to me to be able to return to the woodland cemetery and sit a while at Dorothy’s plot. Although often in tears, I feel a sense of peace and ‘at one’ with nature. The trees are a lasting memorial to my beloved wife.

  • Dear Martin and all staff at Memorial Woodlands,

    I can’t thank you enough for everything you did to help me and my family through the funeral planning process and the funeral itself. You were so considerate and kind and nothing seemed too much trouble. In an odd sort of way I think all our guests enjoyed the event as we were able to give Neil the best send-off possible, in a relaxed an unhurried way.

    Thank you all, so very much.