Daphne was the celebrant firstly for our mother's funeral in 2016. She dealt with that so well, that we had no hesitation to request her to be the celebrant for my father.
Daphne was simply superb . She dealt with a difficult family situation (my father, at age 90 had committed suicide) which had caused family stresses and
handled both the preparation for the funeral well and the funeral itself. She was always available to discuss details, was genuine in her approach and empathetic throughout.
I could not recommend her more highly.(Feedback sent to IOCF)
Daphne was the perfect celebrant for my mum's funeral a few weeks ago.
After spending an afternoon with us finding out about my mum Daphne brought our family together to remember some lovely memories we’d forgotten & also helped us ensure mum would have been happy with how the funeral was planned.
On the day Daphne gave me last minute advice on the music & my tribute that was invaluable which showed her level of experience & care factor.
A lovely lady to organise the funeral with who showed great attention to detail & a person who takes great pride in her role.
I couldn’t recommend Daphne more. (Clare Howard)
Daphne was kind, compassionate and professional. She gently guided us through the funeral service making sure that we were happy with every aspect of the service. Her attention to detail in charting the lead up to B's death and balancing it with what was to be said about her life was perfect and appreciated by family and friends. After the service we were pleased that so many said that it was the best funeral they had ever been to! Daphne was responsible for making a very difficult day much easier for all of us. (Feedback sent to IOCF)
Daphne Wood was so helpful and kind in our unusual circumstances. She was available and kept in touch all the time .She made the funeral go perfectly.
We were so happy with Daphne that we are now having her conduct my father's funeral. (Feedback sent to IOCF)
Daphne worked with us in a very reassuring, confident and wise way. She wasn't overbearing and simply advised. It was excellent to work with her at this very difficult time. (Feedback sent to IOCF)
I thought Daphne did an exceptional job, and took immense care over every aspect of the ceremony. Everyone I spoke to afterwards was full of praise for what she said about my late mother. (Feedback sent to IOCF)
One of the ironies of losing a family member is that, in addition to wrestling with the grief istelf, you’re deluged with an overwhelming volume of administrative and organisational work at the moment you feel least capable. When even stringing together a coherent sentence is onerous, the notion of coordinating a service commemorating a loved one at such short notice can seem daunting, paralysing. Such was the case with the untimely and tragic death of my brother. I don’t know what we would have done without our celebrant, Daphne Wood.
With less than 24 hours’ notice. Daphne had organised a convenient time to visit me and my brother’s friend at my house. She talked with us extensively about his life, a process that elicited copious happy memories and was cathartic in and of itself. She helped us structure the service accordingly, suggesting appropriate moments to place chosen readings and music, alongside setting a tone befitting my brother’s life. She applied the necessary sensitivity when interacting with other friends and members of the family, all of whom were dealing with their grief in myriad ways, whether over the telephone or in person. On the day itself, everything went extremely smoothly – no surprise given how well Daphne had prepared us for the various machinations of the service – which came as a huge relief given the traumatic nature of such an event.
Dealing with death, its impact and aftermath, is a horrible inevitability of life. It’s a moment when we’re at our weakest. Daphne made the process as pain-free as was realistically possible. Amidst the sadness, she even helped us peer back into an extraordinary life with great fondness and allowed us to smile. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to anyone.
My mother passed recently and unfortunately left very little for us as a family to put together for her ceremony and funeral. However we had a few ideas but with Daphne's guidance, support and
understanding we were able to produce a beautiful ceremony to celebrate her life. From start to finish, she got to know us as a family but more importantly to listen, observe and discover the person
who we had all lost. My mother had Pagan beliefs and Daphne helped us accommodate these views and portray to others paying their respects, I quite honestly could not have done as much without her
assistance, a truly blessed person, thank you so much Daphne.
Tracey Alison Thain, in memory of the beautiful person who was my mother, Alison.
Daphne guided us, the whole family, with tact, appreciation and the utmost efficiency, way beyond our expectations, and we have no hesitation whatsoever in
recommending her and are willing to give a personal reference if anyone wishes to contact us.
The Brown Family
Thank you Daphne for your incredible patience, superb attention to detail and wonderful respect for our unique way of celebrating Astra, our mum. We wanted the funeral to be as authentic and true to mum's personality and ethos and you helped us achieve that. You understood the essence of Astra right away and guided us through the funeral arrangement process with a sensitivity and kindness, we shall never forget.
Adam & Greg Blaug
Just a quick line to say thank you for your delightful service on behalf of us and Bob. It was totally in keeping with the memory of Bob, simple, understated and delivered with grace. Everybody left with good memories and the wake was a real celebration. Gary Lawson.
Daphne was sensitive and responsive; she gave clear ideas of what might be inappropriate or not, with sound reasoning, delivered in a positive kind manner. She was supportive of decisions made with rational related to the deceased Geraldine, so she was caring for the deceased as well as the living!
She did a grand job!
It was lovely to have someone else who was in 'charge' when one was so splintered and fragmented, offering down to earth direction...I appreciated this so much. (AL)
There is one word for Daphne Wood - Outstanding. From the first time we met with Daphne nothing was too much trouble to her, she was sympathetic calming and very professional from the very start to the very end and conducted the service for Sally, our young daughter/sisters funeral in a very professional manner. Positive comments came flowing from people who attended Sally's funeral, regarding the tribute to Sally from Daphne and together with these comments we cannot thank you enough. We would recommend this celebrant with no hesitation whatsoever - Daphne made a very sad day run very smoothly for both family & friends.
Kindest regards Jane (Sally's Sister) & Terry (Sally's Dad)
Daphne led the funeral ceremony for my late husband in May 2013. I am full of praise and thanks to her for the amazing way in which she prepared for the ceremony and conducted it on the day. All my family and friends who attended have said so many really positive things about the ceremony and in particular what she said about my husband’s life in her tribute.
I was struck from my meeting with Daphne at my home by her empathy and ability to listen and ask questions so that she was able to form a picture of the person about whom she would be talking. Following that visit we exchanged several e-mails and phone calls to fine tune the order of service and in particular her tribute. Nothing seemed too much trouble and nothing was left to chance – she sent me drafts of everything and welcomed my feedback at all times and she liaised with my brother-in-law who was also going to give a personal reflection about his older brother.
The funeral was obviously a very sad occasion but I can only end my comments by saying that I and my family and friends are so very grateful to Daphne for giving us such a wonderfully moving yet vivid occasion by which we will be able to remember my husband.