The Tall Pine: Paul Donne – Funeral Celebrant

Paul Donne

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Countries 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: 24

Average Rating: 5

reviews (24)

A beauifully led Funeral

A beauifully led Funeral

5 Stars
Vicky Bayford

Funeral | 10/02/2020 | Greenacres - Epping Forest

Hi Paul,  I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for today.  We thought the service was perfect.  your words were beautiful and really did fit so well to how Chris was.  Everybody was impressed.  I have been to a lot of Funerals at Greenacres in Epping Forest, but I must say, none have been as well led as today’s one by you.  Thank you again, love V, M and families x

We were so glad you were available again…

We were so glad you were available again…

5 Stars
Eileen West

Funeral | 08/07/2020 | South Esex Crematorium - South Chapel

Paul, thank you, once again for another beautiful, but totally different service.  We didn’t think we’d be needing you again just 2 weeks after the last Funeral you did for us – but we were so glad you were available again.  Thank you for giving my dear Sister such a wonderful service.  How you even got through the beautiful words you had written, I’ll never know.  Thank you for everything you have done for us over this last few weeks.  Love Eileen and family.

A special send-off for Mum – Thank you.

A special send-off for Mum – Thank you.

5 Stars
Darren Wells

Funeral | 09/10/2020 | South Essex Crematorium - South Chapel

Paul, we all just wanted to thank you for leading such a  beautiful service for our dear Mum today at South Essex Crematorium.  From the moment you were recommended to us by our Funeral Director and came round to meet our family, we just knew you were the right person for the job.  On the day, it was so upsetting for us having lost Mum so suddenly, but we knew you had all our backs, and to say you did Mum proud was an understatement.  Thank you again, so much, for everything you have done to support our family.  Love, Sharon, Darren and families. x

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