Jo and Louise helped me plan and prepare for my husband’s funeral. From the initial 2 hour home visit by Jo to the funeral itself, they were just wonderful. I felt supported and cared for throughout the process, and their suggestions for celebrant (Jane Morgan) and florist (The Fresh Flower Company) were perfect. No question was too small, and their ideas and guidance were excellent. I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who is unfortunately in this position – they will gently hold your hand and guide you from start to finish with love and sensitivity. Amazing women. Read More
- Joanne Scarr, London
Louise organised the funeral for my mum which we wanted to keep small and intimate. She made the whole experience so stress free that as a family we were able to say goodbye without any third party getting in the way. Read More
- Cathy B, London
I will always be grateful to Jo and Poetic Endings for looking after us so well following the death of my father. I had stumbled across them by chance when looking through this guide and I am so pleased that I did. Jo was so kind and supportive, gently guiding us through the whole process with a calmness that helped me in turn to stay calm. She looked after my father wonderfully. I also found Poetic Endings to have an incredibly helpful website, and all of the choices (crematorium, celebrant, cars, flowers and urn) were of outstanding quality. And when the day of Dad’s funeral came, it became a celebration of life that was handled by Poetic Endings and the celebrant with such dignity and grace, that it was utterly memorable in a way that I had never thought would be possible and which I could not have achieved without them. Read More
- Wendy C, London
I am forever grateful to Louise and Anna for handling my father’s funeral with such sensitivity and respect. They supported us in creating a ceremony that was personal and intimate. I have nothing but praise for them! Thank you. Read More
- Sarah Bedi, London
Louise and her team handled my father’s funeral with a quiet sensitivity and graceful professionalism from start to finish. They are very modern and bespoke in their outlook, and seem to be a breath of fresh air to the funeral business. My father had a traditional funeral, however, it was very easy and comfortable to make sure that proper thought and attention was put into making it personalised and special for him, and not just to just feel like a formulaic, old fashioned, money making conveyor belt of an experience. Read More
- Anita Stubbs, London
We used Poetic Endings for our Dad’s Celebration of Life in December 2018 and I have nothing but praise and positive things to say about them. We wanted to find a Funeral Director that would listen to what we wanted without trying to take advantage of us at such a difficult time, having heard many horror stories about other companies from friends and family. Louise and Jo treated us with such care and compassion and gentleness. We felt so safe and looked after by them and more importantly we fully trusted that they would look after our Dad when he was in their care. Jo said it was a privilege to do her job, dressing and taking care our loved ones and we really did believe her and we know he was well looked after.
When I went to see my Dad, he looked really well and they made the whole experience much more bearable. I viewed him in a beautiful house overlooking the river and they set up the room so beautifully with candles and roses. I was able to spend time with him and say my last goodbyes. His funeral was amazing, we found a wonderful Celebrant, Jane, recommended by Jo and Louise. She really captured our Dad so well, despite never meeting him. The Camper Van hearse was brilliant, he would have loved it and the flowers we got from the florist, were so beautiful, as was the dressing of the wicker coffin, recommended by Louise. The whole day was treated with such love and care and everyone said how beautiful it was and how lovely Louise and Jo were in moving things along and getting people to where they needed to be.
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful company doing such great work and with so much compassion and love. Read More
- Louise Merrick, London
Louise was the celebrant for our mum before she set up her own company and it is great to have someone who can do all the talking at a time when you may well not be able to. Unfortunately we have again needed her for my dad. This time we used her company Poetic Endings for the whole thing. She gives great advice from, Crematoriums all the way through to urns. The service was beautiful everything from pick up from the house to delivery to the wake went without problems. And she will advise you correctly on prices and costings (not something you want to consider but probably have to). Even though I hope not to see or need Louise and Poetic Endings for a very long time (for the obvious reason) I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone. Expert, caring and knowledgeable. Read More
- Sarra Morton, France
Louise from Poetic Endings was unfailingly sensitive, understanding, responsive and helpful in making the necessary arrangements for my partner's cremation and funeral ceremony. At a stressful time, finding someone who gave her time to understand my needs was a great relief. In particular, for those of us who are used to dealing with online information and communication, along with transparent prices, the website provided by Poetic Endings is also extremely helpful. Read More
- Wink Lorch, London
A lovely creative business from thoughtful kind people - if you want to be listened to, understood, looked after and have your needs catered for in a way that is perfect for you (whether that is super traditional or very alternative), this is the place to reach out to. They are focused on serving the customer and treating their loved ones with dignity and love. A totally new and much needed approach. Could not recommend more to anyone! Read More
- Anne B, July 2018
Poetic Endings were excellent and I would recommend them unreservedly. Read More
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, July 2018
I can't recommend Louise and her team highly enough. From her gentle approach to her sereneness on the day of the funeral everything was perfect. Louise has a willingness to discuss every aspect and ideas from the traditional to the extraordinary and is not phased by anything. It was really important for me to find a funeral director who could understand who my dad was and help me and my family create a fitting funeral. We couldn't have asked for anymore and are happy in the knowledge that dad was cared for and sent off in the best possible style. Thank you. Read More
- Elspeth Yates, September 2018
When my husband died I wanted a funeral which was suitable for our young children, not scary and hopefully aiding their grieving process. I had originally wanted to use Poppy’s as they seemed modern & less traditional but they were very busy and it would have meant waiting over 6 weeks. So I contacted Louise at Poetic Endings who found me a date within a few weeks and really listened to what I wanted and understood my budget constraints. Read More
I had a great team consisting of Louise, Rosalie (who conducted the funeral) and Anna (who supported the children). I had wanted to view my husband’s body along with this children, so they could see with their own eyes that Daddy was no longer alive. This was done sensitively at Anna’s house where my husband was made to look very peaceful. With Anna’s help the children wrote goodbye cards & did drawings to put inside his coffin. They sang him songs and said their last goodbyes.
Rosalie also spent time with the children asking them what they would like at the funeral so they children felt included which is how we ended up with everyone blowing bubbles at the crematorium.
Overall I think all of the above has helped my children immensely to say goodbye to their Dad and still come away with a positive outlook on life.
I really recommend Poetic Endings & will be forever grateful for their help at such a difficult time.
- Melissa H, September 2018
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 Read More
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. Read More
- Megan Sipe Mooney, USA
Beautiful service, offering an entirely unique experience whilst ensuring the utmost respect is held at all times. Truly astounding.
- Niki, Central London Read More
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. Read More
- Joanna, West London
A wonderful service from a dedicated and passionate team. This is a service for those looking for a different and more special ending. Read More
- Michael Miller, London
Louise/Poetic Endings were fantastic. Very tactful, caring and considerate during an extremely difficult time. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. Read More
- Matthew Parker, South London
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. Read More
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
Louise is a pioneer in making something difficult very easy, with a lot of thought and love. Read More
- Stephanie Turner, London