Paul Donne

The Tall Pine: Paul Donne - Funeral Celebrant

Reviews (19)

 Donne
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This Celebrant does not cater for Weddings This Celebrant specialises in Funerals This Celebrant does not cater for Naming Ceremonies This Celebrant does not cater for Renewals of Vows
Areas Covered

Essex

Hertfordshire

London

I travel Nationally and Internationally

Specialisms

Funerals; Interment of Ashes

Affiliations

Green Fuse

Spoken Languages

English

Special Offers

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Prices from : Please see my website for full details.
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Paul Donne

The Tall Pine: Paul Donne - Funeral Celebrant

Reviews (19) - 5/5

EXPERIENCE

Hello. So, firstly, a very warm welcome to my page here on The Celebrant Directory. My name's Paul and I'm an Independent Funeral Celebrant from Romford, South Essex.

Now into my 3rd year as a Celebrant, I have been privileged to have helped over 220 families say their final farewells to their loved ones. I've led funerals for little ones; for people who had long, well-lived lives; for former work colleagues, family members...and for lives which have been lost in tragic circumstances.

I'm now in my mid 40's and, as you might expect, being a Celebrant wasn't my first type of work. I've also had a very successful 27 career in the Public Sector, during which, I've worked together with all our Armed Forces as well as overseas in Germany for 8 years. It also let me work alongside and help people who have, perhaps, experienced very stressful times across a whole range of situations.

I'll always come to meet you in your own home, or another mutually agreeable place to discuss how the Funeral Ceremony for your loved one takes shape. I realise it's not always possible for families to do that though, so I am equally happy to discuss these things by telephone, e-mail or Skype.

I'm an attentive, good listener and a patient man, so I place no real restriction on time when I come to meet you...sometimes it takes time for people to open up and let the stories of their loved one flow. Looking through photographs and listening to music often jogs memories of happy times. I absolutely love hearing about each person's life story and what other elements will come together to make their final day both fitting and special. What you have so openly shared with me during our meeting then allows me to create a Ceremony that is both a celebration of their life and a tender mourning of their loss; remembering the best of your loved one in what will, undoubtedly, be your biggest, single tribute to them.

You'll always receive a draft of the Ceremony I create for your loved one - and we can make changes to that, if necessary, to get it 'just right'. My aim is for you to be 100% happy with everything and feel fully involved and supported throughout our time together.

I'm professionally trained and accredited by Green Fuse in Devon and the APT, and also have full Public Liability Insurance.

CEREMONY STYLE

The Funeral Ceremonies I lead are all unique in their own ways - but no two Ceremonies are ever the same - nor should they be. Each one is all about the uniqueness of your loved one, and deserves to be as unique as they were in life.

I have worn pink, blue and purple ties to fit in with themes families had (even spotty socks on one occasion!). On one Funeral, everyone took a swig from their hip-flasks as the curtains closed, marking a fitting farewell for a much loved man. At a Burial for a big Dr. Who fan, I decided to theme the committal words around the show. I've also led an entire service outdoors at a Green Burial Park and had a funeral themed around the colour purple.

Sometimes, people simply like the opportunity to get close to their loved one's coffin during the Ceremony, either to lay flower stems on it, or in a candle lighting ritual. I'm all for encouraging families to do what feels right for them, so will always be happy to discuss ideas you may have and will fully support them, so long as the venue where the Funeral is being held is content.

One the day of the Funeral itself, my calm attention and poise is always present as you and your family arrive at the venue; I will be there to meet you, to offer a hug and my reassurance that you're not alone. My words will be clearly spoken; communicated with a genuine warmth and sincerity, and with just the right amount of humour and emotion for each occasion.

I've raised many a smile & giggle in Ceremonies, recounting humorous life stories or how people got to know one another. Similarly, I've talked through my tears on desparately sad occassions. So, I think you could best say that the Funeral Ceremonies I lead are honest, loving, real and truly memorable occasions where I will always strive to make your loved one's funeral the best it can be.
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Reviews

We found you on here...so glad

Brooke Balesi

Funeral at

Mortlake Crematorium | April 2020

From Jean-Marc's friend, Paul:
Dear Paul.  Thank you for performing a wonderful service today, you spoke so eloquently about Jean-Marc and cap... Read review.

So lovely to have you again...

Martin Hurst

Funeral at

Bentley Crematorium | July 2020

What can we say, Paul?  As soon as we knew you were available, it put our minds at rest.  You were brilliant at Mum's Funeral last year and we wa... Read review.

The best send off for Mum...

John Amos

Funeral at

Forest Park Crematorium | June 2020

Hello Paul.  Thank you so much for this beautiful presentation script of Mum's service.  It was a wonderful surprise when I opened the envelope -... Read review.

Brian's Funeral in Lytham

Angie Cole

Funeral at

Lytham Park Crematorium, St. Annes. | May 2020

Dear Paul.  What can we say?  Dad/Brian knew he wanted you to take his Funeral last year.  Thank you so much for fulfilling his wish and making a... Read review.

A Funeral for a GENTLEman...

Matthew Kenton

Funeral at

Herongate Wood | April 2020

Hi Paul.  I hope this email finds you well.  I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful tribute you gave to us ... Read review.

A great 'cheerio' to Mum...

Wendy Price

Funeral at

Greenacres - Epping Forest | March 2020

Hi Paul,  I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic job you did on Friday.  Apart from the fact that we were missing some important people, Mu... Read review.

A Celebrant in Lederhosen...

Cathy Gowlett

Funeral at

Enfield Crematorium - North Chapel | February 2020

Hi Paul.  Thank you for such a wonderful service at Enfield.  You are such an amazing orator and had such a magical way when explaining what a gr... Read review.

One last memory of Mum...

Christine Green

Funeral at

Chelmsford Crematorium | February 2020

Hi Paul.  Thank you so much for your handling of the service for Mum.  I can honestly say it far exceeded all my expectations – and you did too. ... Read review.

Thank you from all of us...

Craig Jordan

Funeral at

Enfield Crematorium - South Chapel | March 2020

Hi Paul.  Thank you so much for today's service for Dad.  From arranging the service to you delivering it was spot on.  We couldn't have asked fo... Read review.

A Big Thank You from us...

The Cole Family

at

Forest Park Crematorium | March 2020

'Thank you from the Cole family'.  Paul - wanted to say thank you so much for everything today.  Steff would have been so pleased.  Thanks again ... Read review.

Chocolates for Dad's send off.

Nikki Simmons

Funeral at

Bentley Crematorium | February 2020

Hi Paul, we just all wanted to thank you again for the brilliant send off you gave Dad yesterday.  From start to finish you have been nothing sho... Read review.

Such a beautiful service

Keith Chambers

Funeral at

Forest Park Crematorium | February 2020

Hi Paul, I am writing on behalf of our family to express our thanks for B's service you conducted on Monday 10th Feb at Forest Park.  We felt it ... Read review.

I've been wanting to thank you

Rosie McKechnie

Funeral at

St. Marylebone Crematorium | November 2019

Dear Paul,

I’ve been wanting to write to you to say thank you. You were an amazing support to us during those surreal and painful days trying... Read review.

Thank you, Paul

Lisa Davis

Funeral at

Enfield Crematorium | August 2019

We saw you on this website, Paul...and liked the open body language and smile in your pictures and that you specialised only in Funerals.

But ... Read review.

Thank you.

Anthony Murch

Funeral at

Herongate Wood | June 2018

Paul – thank you for a brilliant outdoor service today for A. It was so ‘her’ she loved nature and the outdoors and to do things ‘differently’ s... Read review.

A huge 'thank you'

Diane Nicholls

Funeral at

Herongate Wood | March 2018

Paul – Just Wow! You created and delivered an amazing and very special Ceremony for K today. It was absolutely brilliant – a whole hour of him ... Read review.

A beautiful service

Julie Tatner

Funeral at

Green Acres - Epping Forest Woodland Burial Park | January 2018

Paul, Thank you for everything you did to make sure S’s service went so well. From start to finish it was just perfect, the care you took from t... Read review.

Thank you.

Cara Harris

Funeral at

Southend Crematorium | January 2018

Paul, we can't thank you enough for everything you did for us for Grandad's Funeral. Not easy for you being close to him, too but you really did... Read review.

You are amazing

Amanda Bell

Funeral at

Forest Park Crematorium | March 2018

Paul, you are amazing at what you do. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the amazing send off you gave Tilly-Rae and Samii. You ... Read review.

We found you on here...so glad

Brooke Balesi

Mortlake Crematorium | April 2020

From Jean-Marc's friend, Paul:
Dear Paul.  Thank you for performing a wonderful service today, you spoke so eloquently about Jean-Marc and captured him so very accurately, that is a feat indeed.  Please accept my sincere thanks and very best wishes.

From Jean-Marc's Mother and Daughter:
Dear Paul.  Thank you so much for conducting my son’s funeral in Mortlake.  We were so impressed by the way you managed to get across the man he was in a very natural way.  You had the absolute right mix of solemnity, respect and humour.  We are very, very grateful to you that from a tragic event you managed to leave us with a peaceful feeling in our hearts.  We wish you all success in the future.  You certainly deserve it.  Love Lena and Brooke x

So lovely to have you again...

Martin Hurst

Bentley Crematorium | July 2020

What can we say, Paul?  As soon as we knew you were available, it put our minds at rest.  You were brilliant at Mum's Funeral last year and we wanted no one else but you to look after Dad.  Yet again, a super tribute to his life.  Thank you, again, for taking such excellent care of us at another difficult time. Love from Martin, Lorraine and Susan, and all our families xxxx

The best send off for Mum...

John Amos

Forest Park Crematorium | June 2020

Hello Paul.  Thank you so much for this beautiful presentation script of Mum's service.  It was a wonderful surprise when I opened the envelope - to think I’d just asked you for an email copy to send to several who weren’t able to be there on Thursday!   It was such a beautiful service, I did feel sad that numbers were so limited, but this will be perfect to forward to those absent and, of course, something for me to look back on when I think of Mum in the future.

I would again like to express my gratitude for the professional way you guided me through the planning of the service, all in such a friendly manner and in the most difficult of circumstances.  I am very happy in the knowledge that we couldn’t possibly have given my dear Mum a better farewell.  Sincere thanks and warm regards,  John.

Brian's Funeral in Lytham

Angie Cole

Lytham Park Crematorium, St. Annes. | May 2020

Dear Paul.  What can we say?  Dad/Brian knew he wanted you to take his Funeral last year.  Thank you so much for fulfilling his wish and making a 560 miles round-trip to Lytham / St. Annes for him and us.  The way you guided us through everything so smoothly, from our WhatsApp video meeting, to writing the service up and collating memories from Dad's friends and colleagues, you were perfect.  No fuss - just working quietly away.  It can't have been easy for you to speak about Dad, being as you knew him so well and were good friends and colleagues, but your professionalism shone through, and the service was greatly appreciated by everyone who watched it on both livestreams.  Love Angie, Danny, Sonia and families. xxxx

A Funeral for a GENTLEman...

Matthew Kenton

Herongate Wood | April 2020

Hi Paul.  I hope this email finds you well.  I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful tribute you gave to us all yesterday, so deeply moving and I know I can speak for my mum, brothers and our children that we will treasure that forever.  I hope you were able to feel the love we had for our dad in the room….he was a true GENTLEman in every sense of the word,, a rare thing these days but we take so much comfort in knowing how he was exactly the same to everyone else who had the honour to know and love him. A very special, special man.  A beautiful setting and glorious sunshine just added to the serenity of it all.  Thank you for sharing that moment with us when we have been denied the comfort of extended family friends and colleagues.  I wish you peace.  With fondest regards.  Pam, Matt, Si, Jo and families x

A great 'cheerio' to Mum...

Wendy Price

Greenacres - Epping Forest | March 2020

Hi Paul,  I just wanted to thank you for the fantastic job you did on Friday.  Apart from the fact that we were missing some important people, Mum's funeral was exactly as I would have wanted it.  You managed to pitch it in just the right way for a family that had really done its grieving some time ago and now just wanted to remember Mum as the lovely, always laughing person she was, to say "cheerio" and then see her laid to rest in beautiful, peaceful surroundings.  I am so glad you were pleased with D's recording and photos.  It will be lovely to share them with Mum's neighbours when I eventually get to see them.  I hope you manage to steer your way through the choppy financial waters ahead and, rest assured, should anyone I know find themselves in need of a funeral celebrant, I shall be passing on your details.  Many thanks and best wishes, Wendy, Colin and families.

A Celebrant in Lederhosen...

Cathy Gowlett

Enfield Crematorium - North Chapel | February 2020

Hi Paul.  Thank you for such a wonderful service at Enfield.  You are such an amazing orator and had such a magical way when explaining what a great life my Mum had.  We certainly had a few people who didn't realise all that she had done.  We did actually enjoy the service, which bought us a lot of comfort.  And - thank you again - for wearing your superb Lederhosen at our request as a final nod to Mum's Austrian Heritage.  You looked amazing.  Love Cathy and Pete xxx

One last memory of Mum...

Christine Green

Chelmsford Crematorium | February 2020

Hi Paul.  Thank you so much for your handling of the service for Mum.  I can honestly say it far exceeded all my expectations – and you did too.  You have a wonderful ability to speak words provided, I don’t think I have ever been to a funeral where the celebrant was able to do what you did for us during Mum’s service.  Coming from you speaking the words, it was as if you had known Mum and the family for years.  You impart them in such a warm way.  It’s a great natural talent which is very rare to find.  THANK YOU so much… In my mind you brought to life the idea of one last special memory for a very special person. I am and always will be completely indebted to you for what you did for us and for Mum.  Very best wishes to you, and, again, “thank you” from the bottom of my heart. Love Jim, Christine, Tony and families.

Thank you from all of us...

Craig Jordan

Enfield Crematorium - South Chapel | March 2020

Hi Paul.  Thank you so much for today's service for Dad.  From arranging the service to you delivering it was spot on.  We couldn't have asked for any more of you today.  Your suggestion to relay the service on the crematorium's external speakers to those outside who couldn't come in due to the COVID-19 restrictions at Enfield, was brilliant.  They all sat in the sunshine and heard every word perfectly clear.  We could hear them all laughing along to some of the stories too - and they all had the Order of Service before we started.  You have been very helpful and made these tough times that bit easier for us all.  Thanks again, and stay safe. Love Wilf, and families.

A Big Thank You from us...

The Cole Family

Forest Park Crematorium | March 2020

'Thank you from the Cole family'.  Paul - wanted to say thank you so much for everything today.  Steff would have been so pleased.  Thanks again for your idea to record the service.  What an inspirational thought since so many people couldn't attend.  All the flowers were beautiful and the scent as we walked into the chapel at Forest Park was amazing.  The thought and effort that went into today was not lost on us - and you supported us in making this happen.  You were so respectful and listened perfectly to the family and made what (as you know) was a very difficult day so much more bearable.  You caught and captured the essence that was or Steff.  Love, G, M, C, P and families.

Chocolates for Dad's send off.

Nikki Simmons

Bentley Crematorium | February 2020

Hi Paul, we just all wanted to thank you again for the brilliant send off you gave Dad yesterday.  From start to finish you have been nothing short of brilliant, and the way you talked about Dad yesterday was superb.  You encouraged, guided and supported us through an incredibly difficult farewell bringing out the best of Dad's amusing life.  The crowning glory was leaving the pile of Cadbury's miniatures on his coffin as we left so he had chocolate for his next journey.  Even the Funeral Director said it was one of the nicest Funerals she'd ever been to, so I suppose that's definitely saying something!  Love, Nikki and family xxx

Such a beautiful service

Keith Chambers

Forest Park Crematorium | February 2020

Hi Paul, I am writing on behalf of our family to express our thanks for B's service you conducted on Monday 10th Feb at Forest Park.  We felt it could not have gone better and was both sensitive and respectful.  This opinion was echoed by other family members in attendance.  We thought you spoke with eloquence and emotion, and your reading of the swan poem with the music coming in, as our goodbye to Beryl, was quite beautiful.  We didn't expect a real rainbow to the closing Eva Cassidy music but it was very unexpected and quite special on the day.  I don't know if you or her late partner, J, 'upstairs' had a hand in it !  Once again many thanks for your services and friendly efficiency. Love, Keith and family.

I've been wanting to thank you

Rosie McKechnie

St. Marylebone Crematorium | November 2019

Dear Paul,

I’ve been wanting to write to you to say thank you. You were an amazing support to us during those surreal and painful days trying to plan the funeral and of course on the day itself.

I know you dedicated huge amounts of time and energy into ensuring the service was just right for Paul. It was evident how much genuine care and love you put into it, for which I am very grateful.

It must be very strange as a celebrant, to work so closely and intensely with people and to then step away from their world after the service has taken place. But I have thought about you and everything you did for us a lot since.

I hope you have a very happy Christmas and New Year. Love, R, B & N.

Thank you, Paul

Lisa Davis

Enfield Crematorium | August 2019

We saw you on this website, Paul...and liked the open body language and smile in your pictures and that you specialised only in Funerals.

But I just wanted to say a huge thank you for today. All of the service was so lovely, and I feel you did my Dad proud.

We are so grateful to you for making the whole process so heartfelt, warm and genuine.

Much Love,

Lisa and family.

Thank you.

Anthony Murch

Herongate Wood | June 2018

Paul – thank you for a brilliant outdoor service today for A. It was so ‘her’ she loved nature and the outdoors and to do things ‘differently’ so even when the ducks waddled through the ceremony whilst you were conducting just made it even better. Thank you for everything, you’ve been amazing, and so many people commented on the ‘different’ service…I think it impacted a lot on many people who came to say their farewells in a really positive way.

A huge 'thank you'

Diane Nicholls

Herongate Wood | March 2018

Paul – Just Wow! You created and delivered an amazing and very special Ceremony for K today. It was absolutely brilliant – a whole hour of him which was spot on all the way through. People asked how long you’d know us…but we were honest and told them ‘about 4 hours!’ Seriously, everyone sung your praises straight after we exited, and we saw a lot of people go to you directly. We were so glad to see you come back to the wake for a proper chat with us all. Thank you, thank you for everything – and for your support of us as a family. You were totally brilliant!

A beautiful service

Julie Tatner

Green Acres - Epping Forest Woodland Burial Park | January 2018

Paul, Thank you for everything you did to make sure S’s service went so well. From start to finish it was just perfect, the care you took from the time you met us was excellent. I know people always say ‘it was such a lovely service’ but it really was. A beautiful time filled with memories and love, and I know S would have approved. So many people asked about you. Thank you so much. It was exactly what I wanted – you made it all possible.

Thank you.

Cara Harris

Southend Crematorium | January 2018

Paul, we can't thank you enough for everything you did for us for Grandad's Funeral. Not easy for you being close to him, too but you really did do him proud. Your support and guidance every step of the way was such a comfort and the service was beautiful. we couldn't have wished for a better send off for the true gentleman he was.

You are amazing

Amanda Bell

Forest Park Crematorium | March 2018

Paul, you are amazing at what you do. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the amazing send off you gave Tilly-Rae and Samii. You did them both proud. You're top-date and would recommend you to everyone. Once again, thank you.

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