The Tall Pine: Paul Donne – Funeral Celebrant

Paul Donne

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Countries Covered
Areas Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Funerals; Interment of Ashes

Affiliations

Green Fuse

Languages

English

Hi, I'm Paul

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 some 160 families say their final farewells to their loved ones. I’ve led funerals for little ones; for people who had long, well-lived lives; and for deaths 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.

What's my 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.

Prices From

: Please see my website for full details.

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Why choose Paul?

What better words to describe myself with, than those of the families who I have helped with Funeral Ceremonies? These lovely people have said I have been kind; caring, sensitive, empathetic; warm and diplomatic. You get my support right from the first time I contact you, through to the day of the Funeral Ceremony itself and beyond. I’ll support you every step of the way, from planning the Funeral; supporting anyone who wishes to speak at the Ceremony; or just with a warm hug on the day and a gentle ‘nod’ of reassurance. It simply matters to get each funeral ‘just right’.

What do I offer?

Unfortunately The Tall Pine: Paul Donne – Funeral Celebrant is not available for weddings.

Unfortunately The Tall Pine: Paul Donne – Funeral Celebrant is not available for Naming Ceremonies.

Unfortunately The Tall Pine: Paul Donne – Funeral Celebrant is not available for Renewal of Vows

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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.

Prices From

Why choose Paul for your funeral?

What better words to describe myself with, than those of the families who I have helped with Funeral Ceremonies? These lovely people have said I have been kind; caring, sensitive, empathetic; warm and diplomatic. You get my support right from the first time I contact you, through to the day of the Funeral Ceremony itself and beyond. I’ll support you every step of the way, from planning the Funeral; supporting anyone who wishes to speak at the Ceremony; or just with a warm hug on the day and a gentle ‘nod’ of reassurance. It simply matters to get each funeral ‘just right’.

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Reviews for The Tall Pine: Paul Donne - Funeral Celebrant

Total Reviews: 19

Average Rating: 5

reviews (19)

We found you on here…so glad

We found you on here…so glad

5 Stars
Brooke Balesi

Funeral | 04/23/2020 | Mortlake Crematorium

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…

So lovely to have you again…

5 Stars
Martin Hurst

Funeral | 07/06/2020 | Bentley Crematorium

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…

The best send off for Mum…

5 Stars
John Amos

Funeral | 06/11/2020 | Forest Park Crematorium

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.

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