Clare Mellor
Funeral Celebrant in West Suffolk


I am frequently humbled and moved by the responses I have received.


Clare, thank you so much for speaking so beautifully and holding J’s service for us.

Dear Clare, this is just to say a very big thank you for all you have done. Everyone said what a moving and perfect ceremony it was and this is thanks to you for guiding us through it. I know you would have liked T and he would have liked you. (woodland burial).

Please accept our thanks for doing such a wonderful job, you picked up the “thread” so well. The rudder that helped us traverse the rapids - you have a very special gift.

Clare, thank you. From the time we first met I felt a load lifted from my shoulders. I had someone to share the “burden” but before long you had everything organised. Several people commented on the way the service was conducted, you have quite a few admirers. I look forward to receiving the script, I was so distressed I only heard snatches of what you, A and V said, but everyone told me how moving everything was. P

Clare, a heartfelt Thank you. From W&E families

Good morning Clare, R and I would both like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your truly heartfelt deliverance of mums script.
Everyone commented on how wonderful you were, and some thought you were a friend of mums. We can't thank you enough for supporting us and really making it so moving and beautiful. We couldn't possibly imagine it being any more perfect. 💕
J & R xx

Hi Clare & Amanda
I wanted to say thank you for making Dad's funeral a lovely occasion.
Clare: I thought your delivery was just right and the essence of Dad was put over with great sensitivity. The music worked better than I could ever have hoped!
Amanda: the crew from Hyde were superb from start to finish. The kindness shown to us up to and on the day made the challenge surmountable.
I hope we don't need your services again for many years!
Kind regards

Hello Clare,
Thank you for your email, yes life feels a bit flat and strange at the moment.
The service was lovely, very 'C...' and I was extremely pleased with it, I have felt a sense of peace and contentment from it.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all you time and effort. You did an amazing job of making it very personal and fitting for his memory. I am very pleased that his memory will live on ...
Thank you once again for everything, including the script.

Dear Clare,
It has been a week now since Mum’s funeral and although still raw, it has given us time to reflect.
We wish to thank you for putting mum’s service together and delivering it so professionally. Your empathy and patience with us was most appreciated at our hour of need.
It was comforting to know that the service part of the funeral arrangements for mum was in capable hands and that you communicated with all three of us throughout the procedure. We were grateful for your support and thank you very much.
Kind regards

Thank you for the service that you performed today for my mum, the tone was just right and everyone I spoke to mentioned how lovely it was.
Several people have asked if they could get a copy of the script you used. I was wondering if it is possible to have a copy to forward to them please?

Clare was fantastic throughout, from meeting the family to delivering a lovely funeral ceremony that was a celebration of my mother's life. She was sympathetic and sensitive at this difficult time and was a great help in all aspects of planning and delivering a heartfelt service. Clare's communication was exceptional and kept us informed of her script, the order of service and other requirements such as music and a slideshow. Clare also gathered information and stories about my mother from various members of my family and condensed them into a fitting tribute to my mum's life that everyone said was perfect. I would highly recommend Clare to anyone considering a humanist ceremony.

"Thank you so much for the truly beautiful service today. I had several tears in my eyes throughout; you illuminated her life and helped us all see a person we never knew previously.
We certainly made it special for her in these difficult times."

Thank you so much for sending the presentation script.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for delivering a most beautiful service for my love, [J]. Having you translate parts into French was so special and although I knew this was of course happening, when you spoke in French, it knocked me for six at how wonderful it was that we found you and what it would’ve meant to him.
I tried to take in as much as I could, trying to listen to every word that was spoken and to every piece of music that was played for him. It came together so beautifully.
Thank you for being a beacon of strength and leading me through the darkest few weeks of my life, with kindness and understanding. I will be forever grateful. I am just sorry that I was not able to give you a big hug on Friday.

Thank you so much for all your hard work and kind words in helping with my dad's funeral. Sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye and thank you in person after.
It was a lovely service and I’m very glad we booked a double slot!
I have had lots of emails from people watching through the internet also saying how lovely it was and they were also crying and laughing.

I just wanted to write and say thank you so much for all your work for the funeral service for my father. You managed the service itself and all the 'interested parties' brilliantly and helped us put together a fantastic service for him.

"Thank you for your time on Zoom the other day. I found it really helpful to talk through the day with you and found you very supportive and reassuring throughout."

"Thank you Clare they love the new bit [of the script] so that’s what they would like. see you Friday thank you for all your help."

"Dear Clare
How thoughtful of you. I shall treasure the presentation script.
The ceremony was exactly as I wanted it and he is now at rest under a lovely Silver Birch. Everyone remarked how moving and beautiful the ceremony was. Much of it due to the care and consideration shown by both you and Amanda ( and the rest of the team). I was very happy that I was able to say my piece.

"I just wanted to say a personal thanks for a lovely ceremony. It was very fitting for my Dad."

"Dear Clare, I hope this finds you well? Thank you for your email, and the script it’s really lovely and the service was fantastic I really can’t thank you enough for what was not a straightforward and easy feat. I am a lot less stressed now …"

"Thankyou so much for what you did today. Everyone said what a nice service it was. Thankyou again".

"Thank you for the presentation script and thank you to Andrew for the great cover. I love it! Especially as the electric guitar looks very, very similar to one of Chan’s"


Here is a letter I received on 11th May and that I reproduce below. It justifies my feeling that choosing to be a Humanist celebrant is a vocation in the truest sense.

Dear Clare
Just a line to say how pleased my family and I were that we asked for you to conduct the service for our "K"'s funeral. The feeling and care that you put in the service was so comforting for us all and long may your wonderful healing work continue, thank you, kindest regards."
Family P

"The script is perfect!"

“Thank you so much. Your script will be a comforting memento of the beautiful service – we couldn’t have wished for a more personal and sensitive presentation.”
Family W

“Thanks once again for all your research, kindness and support”
Family W

“... thank you for today,Clare it was beautiful and you did an amazing job, many thanks, ...”

“Clare is professional, confident and understanding, we would recommend her to any of our professional colleagues”
AO (Funeral arranger)

“thank you for the lovely words you said about Mum yesterday, you got mum spot on, thank you so much”

“Dear Clare, thank you for the receipt-I have had good feedback from the family who were happy with all aspects…so thanks to you too”
D (funeral arranger)

Dear Clare, I feel I don’t have adequate words to thank you enough for the work you did in order to make Mother’s funeral service such a big success….it was a fitting tribute to her long and interesting life…

“Hi Clare, I have commented (on the HUK website feedback page) about how great you were yesterday and we as a family are super grateful to you. Dad would have been proud”

Clare is professional ,funny and compassionate . had great contact/fact gathering before and after the ceremony . Could not have asked for more.

Clare did an amazing job – and I was very impressed with the way the ceremony was conducted. She was very careful to include all the information we wanted and I would recommend her to anyone else who wanted a humanist ceremony. P

"My brother said: “I want Clare to take my funeral if she hasn’t retired by then!"