Jenny

Wonderful to be able talk through many options for my funeral with Louise who listened carefully and beautifully and helped me capture the essence of what I wanted before putting it all down in a clear and simple plan. Thank you Louise and Poetic Endings.

- Dr Jenny Judge, Surrey

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Megan

Poetic Endings is such an appropriate name of this service. I have had the pleasure of working with Louise closely. She is very genuine, caring, humble, kind, loving, passionate and will go out of her way to help anyone in need. I have also talked with Anna numerous times and she is an amazing and compassionate person as well. Our society not only needs the services that poetic endings provides, but, also needs it delivered by compassionate people who have the drive and motivation that sets them a part. Louise and Anna are definitely those individuals.

Louise saw a problem with the traditional funeral industry and instead of sitting back and complaining about it, like most of us do, she set out to change it. Poetic Endings was "founded on the belief that a good funeral can be profound and transformational in helping to accept and acknowledge that someone has died." Louise, Anna and Don help the bereaved to their full capacity to make sure that they have the funeral that best reflects their loved one. They're genuine and they are not about making money off of death- which let's face it, in our society, this has become a huge problem and we can't let it be anymore.

I am very thankful and appreciative or Poetic Endings and all that they do and stand for! Not only do they provide so many amazing, loving, personal and genuine services; they also actively participate in their community and in the death and dying world. They have significantly influenced thousands of others. 

- Megan Sipe Mooney, USA

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Joanna

Louise was absolutely fantastic. She gave us the confidence and space to be completely hands on throughout every aspect of Ray's funeral, from building the coffin to laying Ray out at home and the funeral itself. I can't recommend Poetic Endings enough. It was a very beautiful and meaningful experience.

- Joanna, West London

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Theresa

From our first meeting Louise made me feel at ease. I had so many questions and Louise was able to answer them all, reassuring me that there was no such thing as a "wrong" wish. I wanted a slightly different ending to the service and Louise arranged for it to take place. In essence, that is what makes Poetic Endings such a unique service.

Between the meeting and the funeral Louise kept in touch supporting me through that difficult period. The service was more poignant than I could ever have hoped. Louise's eulogy for Paul was such an accurate reflection of Paul's life.

I would recommend Poetic Endings to anyone looking for a bespoke, personal service. I have already arranged for them to organise mine.

- Theresa, South London

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Rick

You were wonderful from the very beginning. You were caring, thoughtful and kind. I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for my wife. You’re a diamond and I would recommend you to anyone who wants a personal funeral.

- Rick, North London

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M's family

Our heartfelt thanks to you for guiding us through such a beautiful funeral for Mum. We truly believe that it was the most fitting of farewells and that Mum herself would have approved. [...] Just know that, thanks to you, we bade farewell to our dear mother in a simple ceremony that was full of meaning for us both, yet was conducted according to her own wishes and which left us with lighter, more peaceful hearts.

- M's family, North London

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Margaret

When our younger brother died just weeks after his 49th birthday, my brother Sean and I were not only shocked and grief-stricken, but at a complete loss as to how we would organise a funeral, that would reflect Pearse's flamboyance and ironically - zest for life.
Thankfully we were put in touch with Louise from Poetic Endings.  From the first telephone conversation, we could tell how calm and compassionate she was.  She came to visit us at my brother's home and encouraged us to speak about Pearse.  We were hesitant at first, but with her gentle encouragement, the memories emerged.  Louise assured us that there were no holes barred, no restrictions with regard to whatever we wanted to do to say goodbye to our brother.

- Margaret Lucas, London

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Taylor family

We worked with Louise Winter at Poetic Endings. We have some additional circumstances which needed extra help and expense which Poetic Endings covered off on our behalf. Louise has a special presence and gentleness, she listens and takes everything onboard. Our funeral service was seamless and the team really looked after the family on a very professional level, but with a personal touch. I'd highly recommend their services, we felt the bespoke service and attention to requests and details was met with a very high standard. Thank you Louise and her team.

- The Taylor Family, Brixton

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Charlotte

My father Darren passed away suddenly and I was left to arrange his funeral. It was one of the most difficult times of my life and Louise guided and supported me though every step with her genuine care and kindness. Not only did Louise help me plan the funeral I wanted for my father and take care of him for me, but she was also the celebrant at the service. She really did take control of the entire journey from start to finish and beyond. My father was one of a kind and I wanted his funeral to truly reflect his life, I also wanted it a little bit quirky as he was such a character. I didn't want it to be 'normal' whatever normal may be. I wanted to celebrate his life, rather than mourn his death, which is why I chose Poetic Endings. I can honestly say that I don't think anyone could have given my father a better send off. Louise is an amazing human being, extremely kind, softly spoken, caring and supportive. What more can I say, she is an inspiration and I cannot thank her enough. Even after my father's funeral Louise has offered her support. In fact, I don't think I could have held it together without her. I am so glad I chose Poetic Endings and would recommend Louise and her team to anyone needing to send a loved one onto their next journey.

- Charlotte Martin, Kingston

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Helen

I am so grateful to you for making the arrangements for and delivering the perfect funeral for my brother. At this most difficult of times, your calm, reassuring, sensitivity was a blessing. I could not have done it without you. 
Every detail was thoughtfully considered . Communication was kind and respectful...respectful of each family member's wishes- in potentially fraught circumstances.
Every detail from the eco hearse, to printing the service sheets twice, to introducing the wonderful celebrant, was managed with compassion and sensitivity.

- Helen Tindale, Primrose Hill

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Tana

Tender, loving, care! There is no better way to summarise the level of detail and the consideration that both my father and I was shown during this process. Louise and the team were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble, everything was possible, and she was willing to do anything I needed, to give me a healing and the memorable send off for him.
My dad's funeral was fully personalised and that’s why I chose Poetic Endings, however if I ever needed to put any of my other loved ones to rest I would enlist the help of Louise... because she cares and because she is calm.
Funerals can be sooo expensive, but Louise helped me to create the perfect ending within budget, and she gained my trust that she wasn’t just in it for the money.
Thanks to you and the team - you really softened the blow.

- Tana Forte, Brixton

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Liza

Poetic Endings were excellent and I would recommend them unreservedly.

When my stepfather (Ray) was in hospital and was told he was dying I knew I wanted to engage with an interesting and original funeral director and after a series of serendipitous online searches I found and got in touch with Poetic Endings. Louise and I chatted on the phone and I took to her immediately - her manner was lovely. We arranged to meet on the Saturday. The plan was for Louise and I to meet and then to introduce her to Ray so that he could be involved in planning his own funeral and would meet the person who would conduct it. However, he confounded all our plans by dying unexpectedly the night before I was due to meet with Louise so it was then all down to me to organize.

Louise was absolutely amazing - she supported me and guided me through everything and made me aware of things I hadn't thought were possible (for example bringing Ray back to his council flat for a wake the night before the funeral and supporting me in laying him out, supplying a flat pack coffin, having a simple cremation service with no words just music - and dancing!). The best thing though was that Louise really listened to me. When we chatted at Ray's flat she listened to what I said about Ray, what I said about the death of my mum (Annie) two years earlier and took everything on board. She picked on the importance for me of bringing Ray home - because I'd convinced myself that wasn't an option I'd discounted it so when Louise suggested it I was very happy.

Costs are very transparent on the website and compare favourably to other funeral directors in London. Louise was also very careful in making me aware of any additional costs and getting my agreement before incurring them.

Throughout everything I felt amazing well supported and inspired by Louise and the team working alongside her - I will always be grateful for the lovely experience we had at such a hard time.

- Liza Mccarron, West London

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Jehan

We weren’t sure where to start with planning my nan’s funeral. She hadn’t ever told us what she wanted and the very traditional funeral directors just didn’t feel right. We were so lucky to find Poetic Endings online.

Louise was fantastic from the beginning. Sensitive and empathetic to our mourning family and very knowledgeable. She was always available to answer our many questions and it was a comfort to have her at the funeral on the day - a familiar face that had been part of the process from the beginning. We would definitely recommend Poetic Endings. Thank you Louise.

- Jehan Softly, South East London

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