These are just of the Testimonials received by families.
Testimonial 12/08/2019 (Card Received)
Thank you so much for the beautiful & sensitive service you did for my brother Phillip Donnelly on Tuesday the 2nd of July 2019. And a personal thank you for your compassion & support to me at such a surreal & trying time. You are Truly a beautiful person!!
Jan & Keith Butler (Tasmania)
Hi Jenny I just wanted to say thank you for your kindness and warmth shown while preparing for the funeral of our dear auntie. You were able to capture our auntie very well and many, if not most, of the guests felt your eulogy was a fitting summary, and heartfelt farewell. Your poem “Now I am gone” seemed like it was talking about our auntie. We feel blessed you took our aunties service and we won’t forget you. Thank you again, I hope we meet again (but at a happy time).
On behalf of the family I would like to thank you for a fantastic Service. Such positive feedback from family and friends.
Compassionate, Caring, Empathy, Commitment. These are just a few words of many, to Highlight Jenny’s many unique personal qualities and attributes. Jenny recently conducted a Funeral Ceremony for my Mother at White Lady Funerals on the 28th of March 2019. So many people commented on Jenny’s Delivery of such a Heartfelt an Endearing Ceremony that was witty and delivered with Elegance. It was a Beautiful Service and connected with every soul in the Chapel. Jenny encapsulated Mums personality, spirit, and sense of humour so accurately; it filled the Chapel with laughter and tears. It was an honour and privilege meeting Jenny; her attention to detail certainly helped me through a tough grieving process. Jenny gave me the strength to say my Final Goodbye to my Mother. I will be forever grateful to Jenny for honouring my Mother with an exceptional farewell ceremony. Thank you Jenny.
Trevor & Dawn Allen
I have received so many comments from friends and family regarding the funeral. Jenny everyone said you were fantastic and the eulogy was so special and delivered with so much tenderness. I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your professionalism and I will share your contacts details.
On behalf of my family and myself, we would like to thank you for all the work and time that you put into the Eulogy for Les (Dad).
We have had a number of compliments on your behalf, with one of our friends commenting on how you mixed the correct amount of sadness with joy and you took us on a wonderful ride through Les's life. We certainly will remember you and for the great send off that you presented to all of us on behalf of Dad.
Once again thank you and we hope that our paths cross again some time (not too soon!!)
Steve Spence & family
Just wanted to thank you so very much on behalf of my brother Stuart and I for the wonderful eulogy you gave for our beautiful Mum. We are so very grateful and would never have chosen anyone else as you did such a beautiful eulogy also for my Mother in Law 18 months ago.
You showed compassion, humour and kindness and put all our memories into a cohesive and compelling story of Mum’s life. It is such a hard time and we really wanted to have a fitting farewell for Mum so it is such a huge relief that everything went so perfectly and most of all we know Mum would have loved it. Thank you so very, very much, I know you said you loved your job and no wonder because you are so good at it.
Can you please put this on your testimonial page.
To Anne Petuccelle,
Part of the Service Anne provided from APF was finding a Civil Celebrant for us. Once again Anne's choice was 'spot on'. Jenny Tacken was chosen & a better choice could not have been made. Jenny was all of the above professional, accommodating, understanding & compassionate, however she also had the 'burden' of trying to relay our sentiments in a very, very short amount of time & she did an outstanding job. She remained calm under great pressure, with last minute changes to the Order of Service, the speech 'line-up', last minute changes to the actual Eulogy & speech. They were all necessary changes as far as I was concerned, the amazing thing about it all, was how professionally, easily & competently she managed the task.
Summing the life of someone you have never met & then eulogising Margaret in such an accurate, compassionate & truthful way is/was another one of those emotional situations that I described above; that just can't be put into words, apart to say ice again 'Thank You' for Jenny Tacken.
Thank you from the Garrett Family.
Thank you Jenny, you did such a wonderful job. I have to say I had so many comments on the way you conducted the Service. They actually thought you were part of our family. You gave it such a personal touch. My brother would have loved it. Thank you so much.
Good afternoon Rod,
Once again, thank you for your assistance with my brother (Michael's) service. I can't remember whether I had thanked you personally on the day as it was such an emotional time. Please extend our thanks to Jeff, the audio person who was extremely helpful.
Also, thank you so much for recommending Jenny, we have had so many comments on the way she conducted the service and how warm and caring she was. Most people thought she was part of our family, she gave it such a personal touch.
Tina Gregory (for brother Michael Pisani)
I wish to thank you sincerely for the quiet efficiency with which you arranged Paul's funeral.
We found your guidance invaluable and your recommendation of Jenny as Celebrant proved to be an excellent choice as she took considerable care preparing the eulogy and presented it beautifully. The service ran so smoothly and we were able to relax and celebrate Paul's life with our family and friends.
Thank you again for your kindness and assistance at this difficult time.
I would like to add my thanks to those of Jo and Martin for the professional and caring manner in which you helped us celebrate Paul's life at his funeral last Wednesday.
We were really happy with the service and received very positive comments from our family and friends. The promptness of your preparation of the draft of the eulogy was appreciated and the final reading was an excellent representation of Paul's character and interests.
Jenny was the best person we could have asked for, for my mothers service. We all believe Jenny was sent from mum. From the moment Jenny walked in my front door she was part of the family. The hugs & caring I felt from Jenny helped me get through the day but more than that she captured the essences of my mum & was like she had known mum for ever the way the reading went.
So glad you were sent to us Jenny,
Kerry Bates xxxx
You are the best. Not only were you a very genuine and caring celebrant when my family were grieving the loss of my father last year, but you were helpful recently when a friend of mine here in Brisbane lost her grand mother and her family needed some guidance when writing the eulogy. Your suggestions and input were invaluable and I cannot thank you enough for your help. I will be recommending your services to anyone in Melbourne needing a celebrant due to your caring, patient, professional and genuine nature.
Thank you for copy of the Eulogy. I just wish to thank you again for conducting such a lovely service for John, it was just right. I had many people come up to me yesterday to say how moved they were by the service, that was really comforting for me.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the way you conducted my step dad Ned's service on Wednesday at Fawkner. It was a perfect send off and you captured his personality perfectly.
We received so many comments later on with our family and friends mentioning just how perfect it all went and how your delivery of the eulogy was so well read. The day was light hearted and humorous which is just how Ned and the rest of us intended it to be and you helped make this happen.
Thank you again
Thank you for the great job you did delivering Russell's Eulogy last Friday. I have had a lot of very favourable comments. Thank you once again for your presentation on the day.
On behalf of my myself and family I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the excellent service you performed for my Father today. All family and friends commented on how you were able to capture dad and his life so well and what an excellent story you told. Please do not hesitate to contact me if we can be of assistance to you
Steve Woodford and Family
Hi Jenny. I would like to thank you for the heartfelt eulogy you delivered at Norma's funeral last Friday. I received a lot of positive feedback from those who attended . I would certainly recommend you to my friends and family.
Thank you so much for your kind words during our time of grief, heartache and sorrow and thank you for your very professional manner in which you conducted dad's service, every person I've spoken to who attended the day said that it was a great service and a fitting farewell to honour dad's memory, thank you once again for helping us through a very difficult time, take care mate.
Thank you for the wonderful service.
It is Stuart here saying hello.....Met you after your wonderful delivery of funeral service for my Brother In Laws mother on Thursday.... Just wanted to thank you for your empathy and care....I can't tell you how much appreciated by our family..... Enjoy the rest of this ripping Spring day.
Wishing you well, Stuart
Thank you for your kind words, very sad time but relieved that mum is at peace. The whole family and congregation were so impressed by your service, it was so heartfelt. Add to that the time frame that you completed it in – truly amazing.
We had many people ask us how we found you and we replied we were so lucky that we did. Many people added they would require your services in the future. Everything about the service was perfect and was a tribute to Mums amazing life. Our nephew is posting a review on Facebook as we are dinosaurs. Again thanks for your compassion and your German put us to shame.
Hardy & Sue Klump
I would sincerely like to offer my admiration and heartfelt thanks for the way you spoke about mum in the eulogy. It was honestly as if you knew her which wouldn’t be an easy thing seeing you only had a short timespan to put it all together. Everyone that I spoke to at the gathering afterwards couldn’t speak highly enough about you – I think you’ll be very busy in the future!
Thank you SO much again Jenny – you honestly did a terrific and passionate speech and the poem was extremely moving (If my brother hadn’t of read that to me the night before I would’ve lost the plot on the day!).
One of my friends, Trish Scott, did post via your Facebook page. You’re more than welcome to use my words on your website.
Thank you very, very much.
We would all like to thank you for your wonderful presentation of Shirley's life to both her family and her many friends who were present at her funeral.
You truly are the right person to be a Civil Celebrant and we are so lucky that you were recommended to us. We could not have asked for a better person to convey to everyone her life story and what she meant to everyone. My Sisters were so impressed with the way that you spoke and said it was like you actually knew Shirley and that is a gift in itself.
Bernie is coping ok, not really sure if it has really sunk in yet. We went over to Bunarong this afternoon and he chose a small urn and took home some ashes and has left the rest at Bunarong until he decides what to do with them. You were so wonderful to him on the day.
It was a bit funny when you mentioned the 8 grandchildren, it didn't take long for everyone to say there are actually 9, but at least they were listening. I didn't realise until after the service, my children said to me that you mentioned Ken's daughters, Kristen, Kylie, Elise and Jaimee. Kristen is actually a male, but it never occurred to me to mention that, oops. We also loved your poems that we chose, they were just the perfect wording for Shirley. Thanks also for the copy of the Eulogy.
Robyn was also fantastic on the day and we really appreciated her thoughtfulness to put her own Guardian Angel on Shirley. It was only a small gesture but it meant so much to us when she did that. Thank you once again for all your help during a difficult time for our family, you made it such a memorable day for us all.
You certainly can pop it on your Testimonials Page, you truly are remarkable.
Just don't get too popular in case I need you again. My Sister was so impressed with the service and the first thing she said was, we will have to have you for when our Mother passes away. Hopefully that doesn't happen too soon.
Once again, thank you for all you help.
Have a great day.
I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the eulogy you put together for my Dad, Gary Fernee. My family really appreciated the time and care you took to prepare for my Dads funeral service.
You made our sad and stressful day so much easier. Your poem and words made it special for us. It’s a week today since the service and we are so thankful for the way you shared my Dad’s full life with our family and friends.
I was hoping I could keep a copy of the eulogy you read on the day. Can you please email me a copy at your earliest convenience.
Thank you so much!
Many thanks Jenny,
Everyone said what a great job you did, with what you had to work with. Thank you so much. Valerie, Chris & Family
Thank you so very much for all that you did for us on Wednesday. You were just wonderful, your tone and composure were just right and you have the most beautiful speaking voice. To conduct a service "cold" without knowing anything about us or meeting us is a great skill and we all thank you for your compassion and humanity. I am too flattened to express myself as I would wish but, so long as we don't watch the dreadful news, we will all look after and support each other until time heals us.
Thank you once again,
This is just a quick note to thank you for the wonderful service yesterday.
A number of people came to me after the service and said they thought it was one of the best, if not the best service they had been to. A couple of ladies also told me, that although they didn't know Dad all that well before yesterday, they did after the service yesterday.
Once again thank you very much,
Thank you very much Jenny!
I was very impressed by your delivery.
The service was very touching and heartfelt. Everyone I spoke to was full of praise and were deeply touched by your presentation and my moms DVD and backing tracks.
Thank you for the special thanks to Debbie, without her, my mom's final months would have been incredibly difficult.
A number of those who attended came back to Graeme and Debbie's home. The atmosphere gave everyone a final "sense of closing" and the opportunity to reflect on our relationship with my mom and share our memories.
So once again a heartfelt "thank you" Jenny.
Thank you for the copy of the Eulogy. It will be nice to look back on one day. May I say that you did a beautiful job yesterday and many people commented on this, including the staff of Allison Monkhouse, who were very impressed also. Kind regards, and again, thank you for everything.
Both family and friends were all impressed by the Service you conducted for Mum. To put it simply, it was perfect. The Eulogy you put together for Mum was really good and as far as we were all concerned covered Mum's life time precisely.
I was more than happy with your Service and the rest of the family and friends commented on how well you put it all together.
My sincerest of thanks for this.
We recently had to engage the services of a celebrant to run the proceedings and give the Eulogy for our mother's funeral.
Although Jenny didn't know my mum, most of us felt, by the completion of the service, that she did indeed know her.
Jenny took the time to get a sense of who mum was prior to the service and gave a heartfelt and measured service, delivering the Eulogy with warmth and compassion.
Jenny controlled the elements of the service well but it was her delivery of the Eulogy that most impressed both the family and friends who attended. A really outstanding job and we can't recommend Jenny highly enough.
On behalf of the Hayes family
Thank you for the copy of Dad's Eulogy.
On behalf of our family we would like to thank you for carrying out the Service at Dad's Funeral on the 4th of July, 2014. You have taken the time to research the person that you are carrying out the Service for. Also the compassionate manner in which you treat the family, from the first contact to the completion of your duties.
Mum said that how you described dad, was down to a tee and very happy with the whole Service. Once again, thank you for your time and efforts in conducting Dad's Service.
On behalf of my Mum & brother Peter, I would like to thank you for the wonderful send off for my father last Tuesday.
We were very happy with the sensitive but down to earth way you spoke of my father.
My friend who has worked in the funeral industry for almost 30 years and who has seen many celebrants; commended the way in which you spoke.
Once again thank you,
I have just arrived home from my son Peters home after spending time with a few close friends. We re-played the video of the service, which you conducted today. Although I knew you did a splendid job today I was understandably very upset and did not take in everything that was being said. It was important to me that I viewed the video and saw the service in a calmer environment.
I thank you so much for the professional manner in which you conducted the service. You put all our information into such a manner that it flowed along beautifully. Everyone remarked on what a beautiful service it was.
You did her proud today and I once again thank you for the time and effort you put in to make today a special day for my family, all our friends and myself.
Thank you Jenny for the beautiful service you conducted for my beautiful mum Paulette today. My brothers, dad and myself along with every one else at the funeral were all commenting on how beautifully it was done. Although it was a sad occasion you captured mum so well. As you know she was so loved, so adored, so admired.
Thank you for everything,
I was very impressed with the lovely caring way you conducted Mum's service, and all the work you put into it beforehand to make sure it would be a beautiful and fitting tribute to her. Several people commented to me afterwards that they thought the service was lovely, and we particularly liked the flower ceremony. I wasn't sure about having it but was very glad I changed my mind. I came away thinking Mum would have loved the service.
I would not hesitate to recommend you to others.
Thank you for everything
Just a quick note to say what a fantastic job you did at Brock's Funeral yesterday. Being taken so young and in the prime of his life was extremely sad for everyone. You, however, turned our grief into a celebration of life with most of us not knowing whether to laugh or cry - so we all did both.
Once again, an excellent ceremony, with plenty of interaction from everyone there. Brocky would have been extremely proud.
Thank you so very much for your Service, was beautiful it really was. We are doing ok, thank you again for everything. Mum would have been proud I think, so again from the whole family - thank you.
Thank you so much for making the celebration of our father's life journey so memorable and fitting.
The Service for Dad, we agree, was very moving and we have YOU to thank for making the proceedings so respectful and suitable for him. Your Eulogy was wonderful. You expressed so well the love and feelings we all have for our Dad and Mum's Life Partner. Jenny we were all very impressed. Your professionalism is outstanding and we would have no hesitation in using your expertise again. Thank you for the copy of the Eulogy you wrote. We will treasure it always. It was so Dad.
We are all doing OK. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Mum is surprising all of us with her strength and determination to go on without Dad. We will miss him always but have comfort in knowing Dad would have been very pleased with his "send off"
I just wanted to say once again what a wonderful job you did today we had so many compliments on the service.
I know that I have taken longer to send you this email that I meant to. Going back to my mother’s service first of all a number of relatives have said that the service for Oti was personal, it wasn’t a religious statement but a celebration of Oti’s life. I wasn’t able to finish my speech, but my daughter took over for me. Then the way you put the answers to your questions into a narrative was beautiful.
As I said quite a few members of the family have decided to go with a celebrant rather than a priest after your speech. All the best in the future and if my mother’s funeral is any guide you are a terrific celebrant and anybody looking for a celebrant would have to look far and wide to find a better celebrant.
Andrew de la Torre
A few lines to show how much we, as a family, appreciated the sensitive & caring way you delivered Dad’s eulogy. From the time you took with us to gather the memories, both happy & sad, to the personal way you told his story.
The pain of losing him is still very raw, but the comfort we get from your beautiful personalised poem and your reading is immense. You were also able to show all of Dad’s wonderful natures: the caring, the humorous, the loving, the gentle, the loyal, the protective, the strong and the wise.
Again Jenny, may we wish you all the best for your future.
Dad passed away recently and as we pondered how to give him a befitting tribute we were ever so grateful to have been recommended to celebrant Jenny Tacken. Jenny came to meet Mum and the family and took us through the necessary considerations in a really sensitive and caring way at a difficult time when we needed a little bit of guidance. From the moment we first started speaking with Jenny we felt that she was genuinely interested in knowing about Dad and that she would be bringing a personal touch to the service that we would later give him. As we discussed Dad’s life and what he meant to us there was certainly a tear or two shed but we also found moments of laughter as well at this least likely time.
Jenny was patient for us and it allowed us to reflect on some beautiful bygone times. It was a tribute to Jenny’s professionalism that she was able to suggest the most befitting music to be played a Dad’s service and she penned two beautiful poems for the occasion. Reflecting now on that difficult day we can’t think of what we could have done to give our Dad a nicer tribute and send off and much of the credit goes to Jenny for her style and professionalism both leading up to and on the day.
Many family and friends commented on the day and in the weeks since on the quality of Dad’s service and that it captured him and his life and values to a tee and some have even indicated that it has given them cause to think about how they will send off a loved one or might wish to be sent off themselves. We feel this is certainly a tribute to the way Jenny Tacken went about everything for us and our Dad!
Vermont South Victoria
Mob: 0418 179 327
Thank you so much for today, you did an amazing job and summed up Matt so well. You made it sound like you had known him and we all appreciate the effort and the empathy you brought today.
Chloe and Mitchell thought you were great, as well as myself and our community and we want to thank you.
We were wondering if there was anyway we could recommend you to others, because we felt like you really understood everything we said to you and you did an amazing job at representing the man that Matt was.
Sorry I didn't get to meet you, but I wanted to thank you for putting on such a lovely and appropriate service for Matt.
It so well reflected his life and personality.
Amber (Matt's Sister)
You did an amazing Service, you said everything that summed up John. The kids and myself had no regrets whatsoever and happy to recommend you anytime.
Ann Terry- Victoria