I've conducted many ceremonies and have received many wonderful comments which I would like to share with you below:

  • General Testimonials
  • Wedding Testimonials
  • Bereavement Testimonials

“Hazel is a lovely, kind lady, who I would recommend to anyone in the same circumstances as myself.”

“Excellent service much appreciated. Thank you Hazel”

“The ceremony was perfect. Thank you Hazel”

“Excellent service at a difficult time.”

“The ceremony and whole experience went as smoothly as it could have done. The communication was excellent, and always on our agenda.”

“Hazel was brilliant, from start to finish. The family was very pleased with how everything went.”

“Hazel is a wonderful lady we do as a family thank her so much for her kindness and consideration.”

“The family and I were very pleased with the ceremony. Thank you well done.”

“The celebrant was excellent and I would highly recommend her to others.”

“Dear Hazel, We would like to say a big thank you for all your help with our wedding renewal, at Oaklands Hotel, Norwich. You not only made it personal to us but it was also conducted in a very professional manner. We would fully recommend using you again and if in the future we renew our vows, we would have no hesitation asking for your help”

“We met with Hazel for the first time after deciding to have a wedding blessing after getting married abroad so that we could celebrate our marriage with all our friends and family and at that point really had no idea what a blessing ceremony would involve. She sat us down and asked us what we were looking for and then spent some time getting to know us. We felt instantly comfortable as Hazel is a naturally warm and genuine person, a great asset when you are stood in front of so many people. She wrote the ceremony based on our requests for a fun, non-religious service based on our love and commitment while still being light hearted and this is exactly what we got. Hazel sent the first copy over with a view to go through and change the bits we didn't like but it was perfect. We had no idea what we wanted in the ceremony but it seemed she had captured our personalities perfectly! She was full of suggestions and kept in contact throughout the run up to the day. The day itself was perfect and our friends and family who also didn't know what to expect laughed and cried and were overwhelmed by how lovely the ceremony was. It was the perfect start to a perfect day. We really couldn't recommend Hazel highly enough, knowing what we know now we would have paid double for her!”

“Hazel, You certainly have a skill! We have just read through the ceremony script and we both love it. You clearly have grasped the type of couple we are and what we wanted, perfectly. Thank you”

“Hi Hazel,

We had a truly amazing day, which you helped with; we both thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You made our day even more magical than we could have wished for. Once again thank you for everything”

“Hello Hazel,

You made our dream come true having the ceremony we wished for in Kensington Gardens London. Thanks for all your help, you are one awesome lady!”

“Dear Hazel,

We just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful ceremony that you led for our wedding on 6th June at Yaxley Hall. We had a fabulous day and the ceremony was exactly what we had hoped for. Your delivery during the ceremony was very professional and we are very grateful for all of your help and guidance in the run up to the wedding and for the beautiful copy of the ceremony that you gave us afterwards.”

“Thank you so much for making our wedding ceremony so special. Your calm, helpful and friendly nature got us though the day! Your professionalism was exceptional. No one knew it was not a real ceremony! Thanks from us both and our families.”

“Dear Hazel

A very belated but still heartfelt thank you for conducting my mother's funeral service on 21 April. It was an extremely difficult time for us, especially my father, yet you took all our requests and last minute changes in your stride and conducted a beautiful celebration of her life.

I know, you yourself, have just lost your sister, so it couldn't have been easy for you. Thank you so much for being so professional and so caring.

Take care and we cannot thank you enough.

Best wishes,


“Hello Hazel

On behalf of myself, Mum and family, I would like to thank you for the lovely service for my Dad last week.

Kindest regards


“Hello Hazel,

I just wanted to email to thank you personally for the beautiful service you put together for my mum Bev (22/12/16).

When there wasn't any words you formed them. Myself & my family can never truly express the gratitude we feel. Everyone commented on how lovely the service was, as best it could be in the circumstances. My Mum deserved that.

Kind regards


“Dear Hazel,

The family of Myrtle Softley would like to say a very big thank you for all of your help, support, guidance and delivering the reading so beautifully.

We found the service to be of great comfort at this difficult time.

Thank you.

Kind regards

Sue (on behalf of the family)”


This is just a quick e mail to express our sincere thanks for a wonderful ceremony today. All of our friends and family have said how good it was and I just had to pass on their thanks. Ken would have enjoyed it.

With fondest best wishes

Bob Steph and the rest of the family”


On behalf of my family and especially Mum thank you for a lovely Ceremony.
It was the dignified sent off Mum wanted for Dad.

Kind Regards,

Ron Hambrier”

“Hi Hazel, thanks from Caroline and me for your delivery of the 'non-eulogy' at our mums service yesterday.
The music, pace and grand finale generated many wonderful reactions from those there to remember and honour Lily.
We know there is much that goes on in the background in order to make things come together on the day.
Thanks again Caroline and Karen Jones”

“The Nash family send you their heartfelt thanks for making Mums funeral an occasion we can look back on with smiles as well as tears. X”

“Dear Hazel,

Thank you so very much for the wonderful tribute, you wrote for Gran,
it truly reflected the person she was. Everyone commented afterwards
how the wording touched each and every one of them, making it very

Such a beautiful ceremony at a very sad time.

Thank you.


Tracey Fox ”

“Hazel, We would like to thank you so much for leading the service on Wednesday. It was a very special service for a very special lad who we all now miss so much. In the short time that you met with us you certainly captured David's spirit and portrayed this so effectively at the service. Many thanks once again”

“Dear Hazel, Just a short note from Em and I to thank you so much for the lovely service you led for Mum on Thursday. We were delighted with how everything went and have felt a sense of peace and completion in the last few days which neither of us had before, so thank you for the part you played in giving us that. On a personal note, many guests complimented us on the content and style of the service and said what a wonderful job they thought you did. Our very best wishes for 2011, and our thanks again Hazel. Lucy & Emma x”

“Thank you so much for sending us the beautiful script that you wrote for Dads funeral. We couldn't have wished for a more fitting tribute. Everyone commented afterwards how much they enjoyed this much less formal approach and at how well you presented it. Mum has also taken so much comfort from people like yourself who've shown much kindness at this very sad time.”

“This is just a quick note to say a BIG thank you from Mum, Stuart and myself for the effort and time you put into Dads funeral. Everyone on the day said what a great job you did and Dad would have been really chuffed. I think between us we came up with a very fitting event for the old boy and if he was looking down on us he would have been smiling. Although it was a very sad day for Mum, Stuart and me in a strange way we had fun and that is definitely how Dad would have wanted it. Not sure what else to say apart from a massive THANK YOU!!”

“I had intended to write sooner but it has been very hectic. I wanted to say a personal thank you for the wonderful way you conducted mum's funeral. Many people commented on how well you captured what mum was like as a person and how personal the service was.

Thank you from both Mac and I for your kindness, hard work and understanding.”

“Sorry for the delay in writing to thank you so very much for the kind attention and care you gave to my husband's cremation service. It was done with such sensitivity, making a sad occasion relaxed and everything we could have wished for.

I have received letters from many people attending say how well it was conducted and the human aspect given made it so much more bearable. Thanking you once again.”

“I would like to thank you so much for the attention to detail and professionalism but above all your kindness and care over the details for my Dad's funeral held on 2nd October. My Mum, Brother and I were so grateful for the way you conducted the service. We had laughter and tears but above all very happy memories that you captured from the conversation we had at our first meeting. To hear you recount various memories made us realise how lucky we were to have such love and support from our Dad. My Mum was lucky to share her life with someone that was so devoted to her.

I imagine your work brings you into contact with such a variety of people and stages of grief, but I am sure with your guidance and patience, you help many people come to terms with their loss. I can honestly say that we, as a family, were so grateful to meet you and that you guided us through this difficult period. Once again, thank you.”

“Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely service you done for Tom yesterday, we all were so pleased with what you said.

Thank you again.”

“A big thank you from Tony, Julie, and Stacey and all our friends and family for the beautiful service, you did for Janice. We miss her very much. Thank you.”

“I would have written sooner but didn’t realise there was so much to do after a death.
Thanks once again.”

“The ceremony although quiet was very moving my son and daughter were very pleased with the ceremony.”

“Thank you for sending the copies of the script on behalf of "Mac".”

“Thank you so much for sending me the tribute to Elizabeth. I was determined not to cry as it can bring on an asthma attack if I do. If I had heard this lovely tribute I would have found it hard not to. I taught her to do tapestry and the many times she rung to ask for advice came back to me. I have one here she was half-way through. So I am going to finish it for her. I will put the tribute with the flowers I am pressing from a wreath. Thank you once again.”

“We thank you for all your help, and patience for Alex’s cremation service. Best wishes.”

“Just a card to say thank-you so much for the funeral service you conducted for my husband last week. Everyone I have spoken to have said how nice it was. Much appreciated.”

“Thank you dear Hazel for enabling us to give my lovely man such a magnificent send off – I have absolutely no regrets about it at all, and had so many letters and phone calls telling me it was the best funeral people had ever been to. Many thanks again kind lady.”

“I was very satisfied with this ceremony I hadn't been to one before, in fact some commented on how nice it was and all about the person whom had passed away. One family friend has asked for a contact number.”

“Thank you so much for the lovely service that you prepared and read at my daughter's funeral. It had just the right touch and many, many people that attended the ceremony said how nice it was not too sombre. You made, what was a very sad time in lives special. Thank you.”

“I found Hazel to be very sympathetic under such sad circumstances. She was kind, helpful and when I was loss for words, suggested a way round the problem; I had remembering happenings in my daughter's life. In my daughter's early life, I had written lots of little stories about her, which Hazel sifted through, and picked the ones that she thought appropriate to include in the ceremony.”

“I found the civil ceremony very comforting and satisfying. It was perfect for dad as he was not a religious man but enlightening to his family and friends.”

“This was the first time that I ever used a civil celebrant and I have to admit that it was an uplifting experience. Hazel Warken was brilliant and I would not hesitate in using her again. There should be more like her in this world. She made me feel like I was the most important person in the world and treated me with the upmost respect. I thank, Hazel, very much for that.”

“I was very impressed with our celebrant Hazel. Many members of our family told me how happy they were with the service.”

“Having never lost anybody before, we didn't know what to do or what to say. Hazel was amazing. She captured mum's life exactly, was ready to step in and help if we wavered, when it was our time to speak. She didn't pass judgement on what we wanted to say or what music we wanted played. I cannot recommend her highly enough. One of my friends who attended was so impressed by her that he wants her to do his funeral and he has only just turned 36! Thanks Hazel”

“The ceremony was beautiful and Hazel was excellent. I think this will become a template for a lot of our friends, who have said that they have never been to a funeral like it and thought it was wonderful.”

“I and my family were very pleased with funeral arrangements and the service that Hazel E. Warken gave.”

“Afterwards we were presented with an illustrated copy of the ceremony for us to treasure. Many remarked on the way the service reflected my wife’s life. Some became converts to civil ceremonies. Hazel was brilliant.”

“I cannot speak too highly of what Hazel Warken did for us. She listened, accurately transcribed presented to my son and myself, and willingly co-operated in all the little extras and changes that we suggested or subsequently thought of. The service was excellently organised, and performed.”

“Everyone who attended the ceremony said how good it was, and the funeral celebrant Hazel Warken was marvellous. Many thanks.”

“Hazel handled the ceremony so well, throughout. Many mourners said to me afterwards, that it was special and personal funeral, and very appropriate for a Woodland Burial.”

“I was very impressed with the care and consideration shown. Many people who attended the ceremony said how much they were, also impressed and as it was their first experience of a civil ceremony, in many cases, they would certainly be very interested if the need arose.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better service at my husband’s funeral. The script that Hazel provided was respectful, loving, humorous, and gave an accurate picture of who my husband was.”

“Everyone present said that it was a lovely tribute and how well everything had been conducted. The Celebrant (Hazel) was not only sympathetic, sensitive and helpful but very practical and professional. Top marks!”

“It was a lovely service, with the right balance of smiles as well as tears. I am planning to have the same type of service for my own funeral.”

“Hazel Warken is a super lady. She was kind, a good listener, and very helpful. My husband’s service went very well. I have had lots of feedback, about the ceremony and positive comments about Hazel. She made the day go as best as it could and would highly recommend Hazel.

Thank you.”

“Although a sad occasion, the service was conducted in a caring and competent way which was greatly appreciated by all who attended.”

“Hazel was perfect she described my husband as if she had known him for years.”

“Hazel has a very calming presence and she was able to capture Mum as is she’d known her. She helped us get through a difficult time.”

“We have been to quite a few funeral services normally carried out by the Clergy. The service conducted by Hazel was the best and most sincere we have attended. The comments from our family and relatives were all complimentary and her grasp of his life, was spot on. I will recommend her to anybody.”

“I think that Civil Funerals are so much easier as it all about the person and their family. I have been to church funerals and it all about the church and religion, a lot of people are not interested in this, but are about their family, and I think it is a lot easier for the family and friends of the person who has passed away. I will be having one for myself.”

“I was very pleased with the service it gave me a good description of my mum’s life. It was done in a very sympathetic way and I was very pleased when I was sent the written service beautifully done which I will be able to keep forever.”

“Forgive the long delay in writing to you, but your kindness and consideration will never be forgotten. I have had my eldest granddaughter staying with me for a week and we have out together and chatting away about so many things. Dudley's funeral was the first she had ever been to and she found it comforting.

Thank you once again.”

If you would like to enquire about any type of ceremony, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please Contact me.