Reviews

Gold star

Fantastic Service

Steve did a fantastic service for my dad Peter, we wanted something different than a normal service . We would definitely use Steve again . Thanks Steve

Darren Nicklin | September 2021

Gold star

Thank You

I just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful service, the words you chose were perfect, and I’ll be ever grateful for your patience and kindness.

And thank you for the lovely compliments on my speech, it really meant a lot to me.

Lian | September 2021

Gold star

We would without hesitation recommend Steve

From the moment we met Steve we knew the ceremony we wanted for Gordon was in safe hands, he asked what our wishes for the service were and with his guidance our ‘celebration of thanks ‘ for Gordon’s life was exceptional. We discussed the form in which the service should take, the music and Steve produced a wonderful video following Gordon’s 96 years of life and brought the service to a close with a lovely poem about Gordon’s favourite pastime, fishing. Everyone who attended either in person or by webcast praised Steve for the way in which he conducted the service with comments like ‘amazing service’, ‘completely moved by the service’ and ‘beyond perfect’ being just a few of the comments we received. We can’t praise Steve highly enough for all his care and consideration he gave us at this difficult time and for giving Gordon the funeral he deserved. We would without hesitation recommend Steve for any future similar service. 

Yvonne and family. | September 2021

Gold star

Thank You for all the energy and commitment

Thank you Steve for a lovely service, you did susan proud. The videos you put together were excellent and will be a talking point from that day with a heartfelt speech that caught everybody’s attention. It wasn’t just a service that was full of prayers and hymns, it had gone beyond that noting the points throughout her life with the music playing captured the moments we sat with her listening to it on Alexa which she treated as a person. 

Once again thank you for all energy and commitment. 

Chris Smith | September 2021

Gold star

Thank You Steve

I cannot praise Steve too highly. When my brother passed away, I wanted a sensitive but thoroughly thought out tribute to him, warts and all. I wanted musical and visual tributes that were philosophical, not religious, uplifting not sorrowful, and a little bit different from the norm. Steve went above and beyond the call of duty to make this work including at the 11th hour getting permission to use a video clip that we had resigned ourselves to being unable to use. He conducted the whole procedure from beginning to end perfectly. He listened to our thoughts and feelings like a friend who had suffered the same loss as the family, empathised with our feelings, and translated these into a perfect tribute for my brother. 

Adrian | August 2021

Gold star

Steve Was Amazing

Sadly we lost our dear Uncle, which was an emotional time for all of us, however it was made a little easier knowing that Steve was taking care of the ceremony.  Steve was amazing from start to finish, his compassion, soothing voice and empathy was so comforting to us all. The ceremony was perfect from start to finish. He spoke about our Uncle fondly, like he  knew him, he went out of his way to get to know who and what sort of a person he was. He put together a video of our fondest memories of his, and it was played during the service, this was so comforting  to watch, and to have as a keep sake.  Friends and family have all commented on what an amazing celebration of his life Steve created.
You went above and beyond.

Zena and Family | August 2021

Gold star

would recommend

All very good I would recommend him for future ceremonies.

Brett | August 2021

Gold star

Beautiful Service

Thank you Steve for the wonderful service for my father. There wasn’t a person present that didn’t comment on how beautiful the service was and the wonderful calm way in which you presented it. It was lovely.
Thank you again

Hilary | August 2021

Gold star

Perfect

Steve was perfect on the day…
He made the day amazing for Theo. 

Susan McKenna | August 2021

Gold star

Beautiful Service

It was perfect thank you. I really appreciate what you did for us. Beautiful service! 

Aimee Shaw | August 2021

Gold star

Star Trek Themed Funeral

My husband ‘Roy Burrows’, had a ‘Star Trek’ themed funeral, which went really well. Steve put a brilliant video together, with his own touch of ‘Star Trek’ in it. Everyone thought it was a very touching , unique + personal tribute to Roy. Steve was very gentle , understanding , thoughtful + enthusiastic and I would recommend him to anyone.

Suzanne Burrows | August 2021

Gold star

A Memorable celebration

Steve helped us make Nicholas’ send off a memorable celebration of a busy and happy life, full of love, friendship and some very funny stories. His input to preparation was most helpful, and his delivery on the day was relaxing, well-paced and respectful. Feedback from family and friends was unanimously positive.

Thank you.

David & John | August 2021

Gold star

Steve was most helpful

The funeral directors contacted Steve on our behalf as we didn’t want a religious funeral for my sister Sam. The email I received with instructions on how to prepare for meeting Steve was most helpful, and encouraged me to consider some of the things we wanted to say about her. On meeting Steve, he was very caring and really took an interest in learning as much as possible about Sam prior to the service. Steve delivered the service perfectly, and compiled an excellent video tribute with music. Lots of attendees praised him afterwards and said it was a fitting tribute to Sam. Thank you Steve.

Caroline Burnett | August 2021

Gold star

Lovely Service

It was a lovely service from start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for anymore, it was very much appreciated.

Many Thanks

Ian Parker | July 2021

Gold star

Excellent Customer Service

Many thanks for your email regarding the “Celebrant Service” provided by Steve Game-Blackmore on Thursday 22 July 2021 at Carmountside Crematorium in respect to Paul William Hawley passing. 
 
Without question all those that attended thought the ’celebrant service” was beautifully carried out and conducted. It would have been helpful to have had Paul’s framed photo at the side of the coffin, so that people at the back of the hall could see it.  
 
Steve has a lovely calming manner about him, which was helpful at our two pre-crem meetings and also through the service itself.
 
Thank you to Steve and yourself for your excellent customer service.

Peter and Kathleen Silvester | July 2021

Gold star

Goes above & beyond his standard duties

 I wish to give Steve Game-Blackmoor a very big thank you for making my mother’s funeral so beautiful. He did exactly as I asked & even added one or two extra verses that were very relevant to my mother. I felt like Steve was looking after me during the service, he helped me with absolutely everything, even things I would have missed.

And to show what type of person Steve is, he is still in touch with me to make sure I’m ok, or to answer any questions I may have. This is a man that truly cares for the bereaved, he goes above & beyond his standard duties. He also chats to you about other things that are not related to the funeral service, he’s so easy to talk to, & he makes you feel you are never alone. I couldn’t have had a better celebrant than Steve, just a warm gentle person who would do anything to keep you happy.
I wish to thank Steve from the bottom of my heart.

Graeme Jones | July 2021

Gold star

Recommended to us

On behalf of my family, I’d like to thank you for looking after my Dad’s graveside service recently.  His illness and passing were a difficult time for us and the prospect of arranging the funeral seemed daunting.  However we feel blessed you were recommended to us by the Co-op.
 
Right from the first meeting you guided and reassured us as we began to put the plans in place.  Your flexibility and your suggestions to help put together a worthy send off for Dad in spite of the COVID restrictions were really appreciated.  Your “can do” attitude for example arranging the chairs and liaising directly with the choir was really appreciated.  
 
You were the perfect blend of comforting and practical and as a result Dad’s funeral was lovely.  You also managed the interruption caused by the collapse of Dad’s old boss beautifully.
 
So once again, a huge thank you for doing a really difficult job really well with sensitivity, tact and practicality.
 
It was lovely to meet you and spend the time we did with you.

Michael Tipper | July 2021

Gold star

It was amazing

Would like to thank you for Nico’s service it was amazing couldn’t of had it any other way.
Thank you for making it as special as you did. 

Laura, Shane and family | July 2021

Gold star

Sympathetic, sensitive, efficient

Steve managed my husband Nigel’s funeral service, a non-religious event, so beautifully. He was sympathetic, sensitive, efficient and appropriate in his approach to the event. The music, video display and spoken words, were a fitting tribute to our Welsh rugby fanatic and many people commented on it being the best service they had attended. Nigel would have loved it.  I would recommend him most definitely. 

Julie | July 2021

Gold star

Heartfelt Thank You

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Steve. I am sure Tim would have appreciated the service. The day was a perfect tribute to him. The candle and dragonfly were a lovely touch and gave me comfort. Thank you again.

Jackie O'Donnell | June 2021

Gold star

service was memorable and just perfect

Thank you so much for the opportunity to write a review on the services and support Steve provided for our family in celebrating our mums life Winnie Parr.
 
At a difficult time of sadness Steve came to meet our family and helped us to talk through what we wanted to say to offer the tribute to mum which would mean so much.  Time spent was so precious and warm with gentleness and consideration leading us to think through memories bringing brightness into our sadness.
 
It certainly takes a special person to be able to reassure and help guide us which is exactly what Steve is. The service was memorable and was just perfect for us all centred around the family reflecting truly the person mum was.
 
Thank you so much a true gift. 

Deborah Gough | June 2021

Gold star

Beautiful Service

May I say on behalf of Joyce, Lee and myself a heartfelt “thank you” for all your kind help and support throughout the process of putting together the service to celebrate Geof’s life.

Thank you for conducting such a lovely service for us all on Wednesday and helping us to celebrate his life and say our farewells.  Everyone has commented on what a beautiful service it was.

Irene | June 2021

Gold star

Nicest send off

Just want to say a great big thank you to everyone concerned for the effort and compassion putting Carols service together, she would have rightly been so proud in the way everything was conducted. I personally want to reiterate this. Steve, your such a fantastic person and wish to thank you so much on behalf of Carol, myself and all the family and friends who attended. 100% of Attendee`s said it was the nicest send off they have witnessed.

Dave Vernon (and family) | June 2021

Gold star

Heartfelt, Intimate and Meaningful

Asking a stranger to conduct my Mum’s funeral service felt like a leap of faith. Steve came highly recommended and he was absolutely the right choice. He conducted the ceremony with great dignity, distilling the events of my Mum’s long life into a heartfelt, intimate and meaningful remembrance of her character and personality. Afterwards mourners asked whether Steve knew my Mum, which is testament to his professionalism and integrity.

During our first meeting he quickly gave focus to the ceremony with useful ideas about the order of service, while also supporting our music choices with helpful feedback and encouragement. His delicate balance of listening and suggesting was a great reassurance to us at a time when the service seemed vague and uncharted.

In a second meeting Steve got to know the details of my Mum’s eventful life through our own recollections. Steve was able to absorb a lot of detail in a short space of time without losing sight of who my Mum was. During the service he didn’t simply repeat the minutiae, but treated us to a story of how my Mum’s experiences formed her character, and how she in turn influenced others. He took the trouble to include things that each of us had told him about my Mum and this inclusivity helped bring people together during this final farewell.”

Philip Jnr Barnard | May 2021

Gold star

Sincere Thanks

I am writing to thank you for the excellent manner in which you conducted the memorial service for my late wife Danuta, on 24 May at Bushbury East Chapel.

You emphasised to us in the preliminary discussions that the service would be about Danuta, not only the obstacles she had to face in life, but also the way her presence in this world had been so loving and influential in the lives of everyone who was privileged to know her, ourselves included.

You most certainly did that. Our three sons (Alexander, Philip Jnr. and Richard) and I are very grateful that you were able to do that so well. Everyone who attended, or who were able to view the live webcast, were united in their praise. Please accept our sincere thanks. We were so thankful that we had made the right decision in our choice of Celebrant.

Philip Barnard | May 2021

Gold star

Lovely and Moving

Thank you for all your support through this sad time.
The service was lovely and so moving and true we did Sean proud.
Your kindness and support helped me so much.

Teresa Evans | May 2021

Gold star

Professionalism and Integrity

Just a few words of thanks for your pitch perfect service for my Mum this afternoon.

As a family of empiricists, with a smattering of scientists, I think we naturally found it daunting to take a leap of faith and ask a stranger to conduct Mum’s farewell. Until today, the funeral seemed like a looming, amorphous cloud of uncertainty. You received a weight of information from us at short notice and you handled it with good grace and patience.

You distilled the details into a heartfelt, intimate and meaningful remembrance of Mum’s life. You had paid attention to everyone’s input and took the time to reference things that each of us had told you. People afterwards were asking whether you knew her, complementing your words and the accuracy of your observations. Surely that is a testament to your professionalism and integrity.

Yours is a quite fascinating profession, and an important one.

Thank you for steering us through uncharted waters, for giving us focus and shaping the service into something real and memorable.

Philip Barnard Jnr | May 2021

Gold star

Lovely Service

Just want to say ‘thank-you’ for a lovely service yesterday for my Mum.  It was perfect.  Also, the candle is a lovely touch and I will treasure it.

Jo Whitby | May 2021

Gold star

Wonderful Celebration of our Dad

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful celebration of our dad, Robert John Shaw.
It was a credit to him and us, his family. Very personal and Steve listened to everything we wanted and said. The touching video with pictures and music for him. Just beautiful.
Thank you Steve for everything.

Emma Longshaw | May 2021

Gold star

Everything Was So personal

As a family loosing my dad suddenly was a truely traumatic time, the compassion and attention gave by Steve was nothing short of wonderful
Everything was so personal, it truely felt Steve knew my dad,
The video eulogy was beyond moving and captured my dads uniqueness
Parting words particularly meant something special mentioning about noone is truely gone due to the ripples they cause, a favourite quote from Terry Pratchett that holds a special place with me
Thank You Steve for all your work and dedication.

The Fox / Camm Family | April 2021

Gold star

Kind Hearted and Spoke With Such Warmth

Thank you so much for making the service for my uncle so special. You took so much time gathering the information and making my aunt feel connected to the ceremony. You were extremely kind hearted and spoke with such warmth about my uncle. All those who attended commented on how lovely the service was. Thank you again

Karen Salisbury & Family | April 2021

Gold star

Very Special and Very Well Done

I just wanted to thank you for the service on Wednesday, it was very special and very well done, Strett would of loved it.
Thank you so much for all the time you put into it and all the kind words it really is appreciated. I loved the candle and the dragonfly inside and I’ve now brought a dragonfly wind spinner for my garden in his memory as well

Joyce Parker | April 2021

Gold star

Beautiful Send Off

I am just sending you this mail to once again thank you for the beautiful send off you gave to Mum yesterday. 
It was a very emotional service, we had tears of joy as well as tears of sadness. 
They way you spoke about Mum was so warm people would think you knew her personally.
We really are extremely grateful for your warmth and kindness.

Jenny, Ray and Diane | April 2021

Gold star

Lovely Service

Steve was brilliant, he made what little I could give him about mum when younger into a heartfelt memory, both my brothers and the small handful of guests thought he did a lovely service. I didn’t have a clue where to start but he was patient with me and listened to my worries, can’t thank him enough it was lovely.

Lynn Surman | April 2021

Gold star

Sincere and Supportive

We suffered an unexpected and tragic loss this year, a life that was taken far too soon. I was so pleasantly surprised by the support we got by the party’s involved in putting the funeral together. Steve was very sincere and supportive, definitely a kind hearted individual who made the day go by as perfectly as possible. He was very smartly dressed, conducted the service in the most respectful and sincere way and did everything within his control to make the service as perfect as possible. Genuine great guy.

Kayden Barrett | March 2021

Gold star

Watched on webcast

Just wanted to say thank you for conducting Stuart’s funeral yesterday. I couldn’t attend as I’m shielding but I watched on webcast.

I’ve spoken to the rest of the family and all say what a nice bloke you are and how you ensured it all ran smoothly. Paula was particularly moved by the ‘candle gift’

Many many thanks for looking after my lovely brother, ensuring his goodbye was efficient and without hitch.

Kate | March 2021

Gold star

Touching Service

Thank you Steve for your help and advice with Mum’s funeral. The ceremony was lovely,  everyone in attendance commented on what touching service it was.
 
The process of organising the service itself was simple and hassle free thanks to our meetings over zoom. I really appreciate the sideshow tribute and extra thanks for filming the ceremony,  so many people missed the service due to current restrictions but this way they still got to see the service in their own time.

Jill Di Trolio | March 2021

Gold star

Dedication, professionalism and Empathy

Your dedication to the task, professionalism and empathy for us as a family was outstanding. We certainly felt that we were in safe hands, when we weren’t sure what our emotions would be on a difficult day.

I felt it really was a celebration for mum, with the room full of love, warmth, support and amazing memories. She certainly with my dad, were there to support us and give us strength.

I was equally proud of our beautiful daughters … delivering their love and memories for their beautiful grandma.

Linda Deas | March 2021

Gold star

Steve was highly recommended

Steve was highly recommended to us by our funeral director. From our first meeting onwards he was compassionate, patient, supportive & incredibly professional. We chose a Celebration of Life format & Steve worked hard to integrate all our wishes including a visual tribute. On the day the ceremony exceeded our expectations. We had lots of positive feedback from family & friends attending. Many asked if Steve was a friend delivering the service. This says it all about his approach & demeanour. Thank you Steve.

Amanda Boyd-Smith | March 2021

Gold star

personal but sincere celebration of my mothers life

Hello there. Please may I thank Steve for the wonderful service he conducted at my mothers funeral service on the 12th March at Fradley. I was quite anxious about arranging some sort of eulogy for mother but Steve just took control and guided myself and my family. The result was a very personal but sincere celebration of my mothers life which we all appreciated and enjoyed. Steve’s calmness, insight and guidance is impressive and a great asset in a very emotional time. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need. I thank you sir!

David Millward | March 2021

Gold star

Graham's Funeral Service

A largely virtual and pre-recorded service was a new experience for us. This service was flawless, lovely and moving.
Brilliantly coordinated, edited and shepherded by your sensitive insight and technical mastery.
Thank you for making this a fitting tribute to our dear brother Graham.
We have received many very positive comments from friends and family that this new experience was so apt and loving.
I have no hesitation in recommending your services.
Brilliant, exceptional and caring. Well done!

Peter Coy | February 2021

Gold star

Keith's Funeral With South Staffordshire funeral directors

Thank you so much for the very apt and caring words you spoke at Keith’s funeral. Everyone commented on the service in a very positive way, saying it was Keith to the “T”
Thanks for your help and guidance through a very difficult time.

Margaret Tyne | February 2021

Gold star

Robert Ian Birkenhead

Steve did the beautiful celebration of my son’s life at his funeral last week, it was both moving but light-hearted, as he was only 33 years old and we wanted to remember him for the happy and fun-loving young man that he was. He did a lovely tribute to him using photographs and read some lovely poems and played the music we requested. Steve was both compassionate and patient with me while we arranged it and I would highly recommend Steve to anyone who needs a celebrant.

Deborah Brown | January 2021

Gold star

Stanley Arthur Lindop

Steve was the celebrant at our Dad’s funeral on 18/1/21. He delivered a true and touching celebration of Dad’s life. He did us and Dad proud.
Everyone including those attending via live streaming commented on what a wonderful ceremony Steve delivered.
Steve was so helpful throughout the entire process.
Thank you very much.

Peter Lindop | January 2021

Gold star

Pete Tittensor

My husband sadly passed away and Steve could not have given a better send-off for him. His words captured Pete so well and the video that he made showing Pete through all his life was beautiful. Through such a difficult time Steve took all the stress out of the funeral and I can’t thank him enough. It really was a celebration of his life and took the pain away from losing him from our lives. A heartfelt thank you from us all. You really are an incredible person which we will never forget.

Elaine Tittensor | January 2021

Gold star

Leonnie Carey

A wonderful tribute was provided by Steve for my late Mother’s cremation.
Steve took the time to understand & connect with us in a sensitive manner to enable him to be able to deliver a tribute that was both reflective of my Mother’s life but also a celebration of her life.
Due to Covid restrictions & concerns a number of people were unable to attend the service however the weblink allowed everybody to feel a part of it.

Helen Del | December 2020

Gold star

A proper tribute

I just wanted to thank you for conducting the service at my Dad’s funeral last Tuesday. I think the best compliment is from Mum who said that he would have really enjoyed it, a proper tribute to him.
I thought that the segment of music with photos worked really well and thank you for the way you put it together.
Dad had asked for a celebration of his life and that is what we gave him.
Thanks again from all of the family.

Nick Tindall | September 2020

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