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Dear Olivia,

Thank you so much for your wonderful job as Funeral Director for dad, and for looking after him for so long! Your care and compassion in such difficult circumstances from the time you first collected the body to laying him to rest on Saturday was very much appreciated by mum, my sisters and me. You have made a very good career choice, you are a lovely caring Funeral Director and I have no doubt you will do very well! Please also pass on our thanks to Robert for his assistance. Thank you for the lovely graveside service, and the beautiful video you put together.

Thanks again,
Mary Jane. 

Colgan Service - October 2021

Dear Deb,

Thank you so much for placing Mum’s beautiful casket spray and wreath at our Dad’s grave. Maxine and I and all of the rest of our family present in the church yesterday thought Mum’s service was beautiful. It was a very sincere, meaningful and respectful tribute to Mum. The cheeky presence of Father Robert’s cat and it’s antics and cousin Michael’s spontaneous reciting of the Irish blessing added warm, unexpected touches. We consider that our Mum had exactly the quality of send-off that we had hoped for. Our late cousin Kevin Flynn was very impressed with the way you had handled arrangements for the funeral of his mother (our aunt) Joan Flynn. We were so pleased that when it came to our turn that you were at the helm overseeing the arrangements for Mum.

You have done a wonderful job Deb. No request ever appears to be too great for you and you are so quick to respond...We are so grateful that Mum had such a fine service given current restrictions. Absolute perfection is very challenging for anyone at anytime to achieve let alone current uncertain Covid times.

Grateful thanks for everything Deb. Very best wishes,

Kathryn and Maxine

Flynn family - October 2021

To Marissa and the team at Grahams,

Once again thanks for the support and care you showed to Leo and our family. The Franklin community is truly blessed to have the team at Grahams providing funeral services at often a sad and stressful time. 

Thank you,

Paul and family.

Punch / Pomare Family - October 2021

Good morning Daniel,

Thank you again for all the support you gave our whanau for the arrangements of our Uncle Miki's funeral.

There's no doubt that aspects of his tangihanga were very different but there were also new beautiful elements that we as a whanau could adapt in the future for tangihanga. We as a whanau believe that Uncle Miki's pure essence of humility flowed through his tangihanga and funeral day as we all had to navigate through rules, guidelines and structures of Covid.

So thank you once again. Kind regards,

Lee-Anne Shaw.

Miki Te Kiwa Graham's Family - October 2021

Thank you Deb. You made the day seamless.

Jenny

Duncan Family - October 2021

To dear Olivia,

We would like to thank you very much for your caring and kindness through the loss of our dear mum, nan, auntie and sister. Thank you to all the Tuakau funeral home, you are all very much appreciated. God bless wonderful Olivia.

The Taranaki Limacher Swann Family - September 2021

Thank you for your very professional service. Special thanks to Olivia and Robert who were very helpful and supportive. It was much appreciated by the family. 

The Nortier Family - September 2021

Hi Deb,

Firstly we couldn't thank Grahams Funerals and yourself enough for your care of our wonderful Dad, you did him and us proud. Extremely grateful for the drive by and beautiful video, there weren't enough tissues in the house.

Thank you

Neil 

The Late Ken George - September 2021

Hi Marissa

 I just wanted to thank you for looking after our dad Laurie and especially for today thank you so much.

 Thanks Pip and family x

Dell Family - August 2021

Jess has been absolutely amazing.  We managed to get the family together yesterday to get to say farewell to our beautiful Nana.  Grandad was able to be there too, and it brought so much peace to everyone.  I can't thank your team enough. 

 Ngā mihi nui

Trudy

Prescott service - August 2021

Thanks Deb, on behalf of all of us thank you so much. Everything was perfect Dad would have been proud of the service. You and your team were fantastic through the whole process and GFS made it much easier than we all thought it would have been in such a difficult time. Will recommend your services should it be required again.

Thanks and Regards

Don

Flintoff Service - August 2021

Hi Deb,

Thank you for all your help over the past week.  All the family is really happy with the tribute you helped us put together.

Martin 

Moloney Service - July 2021

Hi Debra,

Thank you so much for organising such a lovely funeral for Janice. It was perfect in every way. The flowers on the casket were the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen on a casket. We loved the order of service and how it had been designed with the horse picture in the background and flowers around her photo on the front. The funeral attendants were fantastic and so was the man who did the live streaming. All in all I would give you 20/10 if I had to rate it! So thank you from us all, you really helped make Janice's funeral a very special day of celebrating her life.

Kind regards

Jacqui

Bryers family - July 2021

Hi Debra,

Just wanted to say a special Thank-You to Robert. He was OUTSTANDING...!!!  He was Extremely Professional, Extremely Helpful and A Good Bugger.  And a BIG Thank-You for your OUTSTANDING service, to Farewell Patrick,

Honestly you were FANTASTIC...!!!

Regards Gerard Devereux

Devereux Family - July 2021

Hi Robert and Team,

I want to once again thank you all for the kindness and professionalism with which you have looked after both our father, and his lovely service last Thursday. We really did appreciate your time, patience and care.

Thanks again, and I hope you've all had some time to relax over the long weekend.

Ngā mihi nui  

Anna Powrie

Ian Graham Service - June 2021

Thank you so much Jess, you and your team are an invaluable service and made our lives a dream, so thank you.

From the Ormsby family

Danny Ormsby Service - May 2021

Hi Deb

Thank you for making Dad's funeral go exactly how he wanted. Also thanks for suggesting Grant as he did a magnificent job.

Donna 

Plant Service - April 2021

Hi Marissa,

Thank-you and your team for your help in my mother’s send off.  It was caring, fitting and professional, with all we had asked for, and Simon Mercep was perfect (and Trevor).

Kind Regards,

Hamish

Clyde Service - April 2021

Dear Mark,

Right from the time you picked Dad up from Possum Bourne the whole process with you and your team has been effortless for us. After watching the way you dealt with our Aunty and Uncle there was never any question that we would go with you and your team when the time came. However, not having been this close to the coal face before, Peter and I were quite apprehensive.

You were so gentle with Dad when you came to get him. Marissa guided us beautifully through everything that needed to be done. People with dementia can be challenging to say the least but Marissa was always respectful and patient with Mum and made sure she understood what we were doing and why, no matter how many times she had to explain.

The day of the funeral remains a bit of a blur. Pete and Vicki and Darryl and I have discussed that and figure that if you hadn't been guiding things so smoothly we wouldn't have been able to go with the flow on the day. Ivo was really easy to deal with too, very patient while I was getting the boys to check things and he completed the headstone in record time. Honestly, even the ladies in the office were gentle with me, you do have a team to be proud of. Very impressive! You have all worked very hard to make a tough time for our family that little bit easier, we greatly appreciate it.

 Thank you again, and kind regards,

 Claudia Smith and the family of Vincent Nicholls.

Nicholls Service - March 2021

We would like to thank Mark and his team for the awesome service in our difficult time with the sudden death of our daughter Janna. We recommend Graham's funeral service to anyone. We found them down to earth ,very caring, and professional ,taking care and to have those answers to questions you didn't know to ask .

 Many thanks.

Larry and Paula McCall

Waiuku

Fischer Service - April 2021

I will take this opportunity on behalf of my family and myself to thank all staff  assisting on an excellent 100%  all round effort during both my unfortunate and unforeseen incidents during 2020. Thanks again. The late Margaret (June) & Anthony (Tony) will be well pleased. God Bless.

 Kind Regards To All

From The Grass Family.

December 2020

Hi Marissa,

I would like to convey my appreciation to you and your team for the excellent job of organising the memorial service on Wednesday. Since my brother died during COVID-19 and we did not have a "normal” funeral, this service has been a part of the healing process for me.

Thank you for your empathy and understanding of the bereaved.

Kind Regards

Faith Wickham

Memorial Service - December 2020

Dear Debra and the team at Grahams Funeral Services,

Thank for your caring and professional work. What you did for mum was perfect, even getting the telepathy about the iris :) 

Blessings,

Melva Ward.

Wells Family

Our family just wanted to thank Graham's Funeral Services and you in particular, Marissa, for your professional, kind, helpful manner when looking after our husband and father.

The initial consultation and other contact with you went smoothly and was done in such a way that we felt very comforted and sure that David was having the very best of attention whilst in your care.

The service was so appropriate to our family and to David.  There was nothing we would have changed.  The funeral room, the lighting and the catering were perfect.  This made our whole experience and grief so much easier to bear because the service run so smoothly.

Carol Seay, the Celebrant was also excellent and I would recommend her to anyone.

Grainger Service

Firstly, to say thank you again for your amazing support, work and compassion throughout the week leading up to the service - it was beyond appreciated by myself and the rest of the family during a very sad time. You really made us feel looked after and supported through the whole process and able to focus on "getting things right” to deliver a service that really reflected Dad. So thank you so much.

Henry Ludlam Service - September 2020

Debra and Carol

I wanted to thank you both for the way you organised and conducted Heather’s funeral last week.  We felt that we achieved what we wanted, a reflection of Heather’s life that concentrated on the good times and full life she had.  A number of people commented to us that they felt the qualities that Heather had were on display: her cheekiness, independent spirit, will to live and full family life.

 Thank you for your time, expertise and understanding.

 Gail 

Twining Service - November 2019

Hi Lynn

Thank you so very much for everything.  You all at Grahams, made Mum's send off, so caring and it was simply perfect.

Very Kind Regards

Leanne

Bullen Family - May 2019

Good morning Deb,

A really big thank you for everything yesterday I was very proud of how it all turned out. Also for the care of preparing Dad for his last journey, you and the other staff of Graham’s are wonderful.

Maree


Lowe Service - May 2019

To Marissa and Grahams Funeral Services

Thank you so much for all your help and support with the loss of a dear husband and father.
You guys made a difficult time for our family a caring thoughtful process.

Regards, 
Gallichan family

Gallichan Service - March 2019

Deb,

It has been a pleasure dealing with you. Everything came together so well before, during and after Mum’s funeral thanks to your organisation.

Also very much appreciated your compassion and patience. 

Regards

Don

Matthews Service - March 2019

Hi Mark,

Just wanted to pass on in writing our sincerest thanks to your team for showing such empathy, professionalism and flexibility dealing with Mum and her passing. From Sheryl on the phone, right through to Ben, Marissa, and yourself, we really appreciated you all! 

Thanks,

Ally 

Davey Service

Dear Deb,

Once again we all wanted to say a big "thank you for taking such good care of 'Mom', and us over these hard days. We also really appreciated you understanding how important it was for us to have Mom and Dad together. You did everything you could to make sure our wishes were carried out. Your calmness, empathy and caring was once again amazing, and much appreciated. It, and you, will never be forgotten. Thank you so much, take care of yourself. What you do is so important for those that have lost a loved one, especially the way you do it.

Love, Gaynor, Alli & Lynn.

Wilson Family - January 2019

Dear Marissa,

Thank you for looking after Mac and respecting his wishes. It was a comfort to all of us knowing you were taking care of him. Thank you for helping Rachel spend the last journey with Mac. I know it meant a lot to both of them, and finally thank you for helping us last Saturday to settle him, this meant a lot to us. 

Kind regards,

McGrath family.

McGrath Family - January 2019

Hi Deb

Thank you so much for being you, you where brilliant for us in this terrible time in our lives & I would recommend your service to people & I wish you well for your future. You are fantastic at your chosen job.

Linda Fraser


Rothkegel Family - Highly Recommended

Hi Deb

Thanks for the beautiful service yesterday. Your personal touch made a hard day just a little easier.

Kind regards

Andrew

Balsillie Family - Beautiful Service

I would just like to say once again how good you made us feel. Nothing was a problem, everyone smiled and was so helpful. It helped to make it a lot easier for me. Thank you again. 
Betty Holmes

Holmes Family

To Debra,

Just a little something to say thank you for such a wonderful job you had done for my parents. Although my parents had requested not to have a funeral, the way you presented and cared for them was outstanding. I have been to many funerals and the most recent was my sister, who, I felt was not presented well. You took away the stress and they couldn't have had a better send off. Thank you so much,

Love, the Turner family.

July 2018

Rozeboom Service

To Debra, Marissa and Staff,

We would like to thank you very much for the amazing assistance that we received with the passing of our Dad and Grandad. You went above and beyond with us at such a difficult time, and this process was made easy through talking with you when we needed. We appreciated that you were only a phone call away and whatever we wanted, you helped ease our pain and stress. You are an inspiration to your profession and we could not have asked for more.

Yours sincerely,

Marcel and Lisa, Angela, Kristen, Caitlin, Jessica, Dona, Braedyn and Emilie.

August 2018

Mous Service

Hi Marissa

 Thanks so much for making Peter's send-off such a smooth and easy process.  I know we had specific views of what we all wanted, and you accommodated all our needs with friendly professionalism.  Nothing was too much trouble.

 And your friendly nature eased the stressful burden, so thanks for that too!  

Nick and Jane

Hildreth Service

Mark, I would like to thank you sincerely for all your help with Mum - even interrupting your holiday. We really appreciated your efforts and everything ran like clockwork - we even got to follow you to the gardens and that wasn't in the plan!!

 Once again, thank you.

 Kindest regards

Dianne and John        June 2018

Harris Family

Hi Team

 Thank you so much for all your hard work this week.  Nothing was a problem for you guys and you made what was one of the most difficult days for our family a beautiful celebration to remember mum.  Everyone in the family was pleased with how it went (including Rob – so well done!)

 No doubt you will hear from George in the near future when he comes to Tuakau to take you all for a drink.

 Also, if you are ever having a bad day play the video Iain made – we laugh just thinking about it.

 Thanks again.  Kind regards

Helen, Johanna & George McCarthy  January 2018

The McCarthy Family

Good afternoon Sheryl

 On behalf of the family, we would just like to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks for all your guidance, advice and help with Mum’s funeral arrangements.  Mum leaving us so unexpectedly and suddenly was a huge shock for all of us - not something we thought we would have to deal with just yet.  Marissa and the team were thoughtful and accommodating with our wishes which was very much appreciated.

 Would you please pass on our thanks and appreciation to Marissa, Mark, Ivo and the team.  

Kind regards, Pali Panchia


Naran Family

A note to express our grateful and sincerest appreciation for the overwhelming care and understanding, and professional service which you gave to all of us, for our dear Mum, Betty. Nothing was too much trouble and we are delighted with the way everything fell into place so smoothly. We congratulate you all for your wonderful attention to detail, and you had presented mum in such a beautiful way. We were so grateful. She had lived an amazing, long life and what a journey. 
We wish you all the very best for the future of your funeral business and we know you have such an amazing following.
Our sincerest and heartfelt thanks. God bless you all. The Littin family.

Littin Family

Thank you for your kind and professional care of our much loved Beau Croucher. Although a year has passed, the service, The Headstone, your gift of flowers and your card this morning, are so very much appreciated. Thank you all at Grahams. Sincerely The Croucher Family.

Croucher Family

Many thanks for your care at Kathy's funeral, it was done with feeling, very much appreciated.

Dennis Brady and family

Mark, just a note of thanks for your great care and service for our mum a few weeks back. It was much appreciated. She looked just wonderful. Thanks again.

Ross Sullivan and family

Thank you so much for your help and support. You were truly awesome Lynn. I've had a lot of feedback saying it was a lovely send-off for mum and how smooth things went, they all loved the Cadillac hearse... the number plate is classic! And the photo presentation, Merv did a great job.

All-in-all - a happy ending to a very sad occasion.

Rochelle - Hunter Family

Thank you for your patience, understanding, skill and professionalism. You were all outstanding to work with. Nothing was a problem to any of you and you made us feel so supported at a difficult time.

Wooffindin Family

We appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness during our time of sadness. It helped to deal with very professional people who provided understanding and allowed us to celebrate Dad's life the way we wished too.

Wright Family

We say thank you to your wonderful staff for their professional services to help us cope with Nigel's sudden and tragic death. We also appreciated the extra details that you did personally to help us through the difficult days.

Jenkins Family

The funeral was exactly what we all had in mind when we were consulting you, and several friends remarked that they were touched by the simplicity and naturalness with which everything seemed to flow, from one part to the next. You and Les between you gave us a memorable experience which we can look back on with comfort.

Blanch Family

Thank you sincerely for your gentle approach, your kind way and subtle manner in helping our family through an exceptional time.

Mc Anulty Family

Many people have told me since the funeral that the service and in the funeral home in Waiuku was very special with everyone sitting around the coffin, it was like a close family gathering. The food was fabulous, the sponge drops were a favourite.

Perry Family

Thanks so much for your kindness and support when Dad passed away. Your attention to detail and quiet "nudgings" in the right direction made it possible to give Dad the farewell he wanted.

Honey Family

Thank you very much for remembering me and my family as we celebrated the first anniversary of our much beloved husband, father and granddad, Karl. We are heart-warmed and deeply touched by your very kind and thoughtful expression you and your team have shown us.

Barnett Whanau

We have been very grateful for your care of us and our late husband and father, Charles. Your staff were able to offer so much information which helped make it such an occasion.

McDonald Family

Not only did you carefully follow our mother's serice wished but your checklist encouraged us to consider other ideas. Your quiet and humble approach meant it was a special time for everyone and your attention to detail was much appreciated.

Aberhart Family

To the staff at Graham’s Funeral Services
Re: Marion Bratton 31.12.27 - 8.3.13. The family thank you very much for your help in looking after Marion following her death in Waiuku Hospital. Your staff were very compassionate and professional in every way dealing with all details. We had no worries at all the day of the funeral.
Kind regards,

Viv, Peter, David and families

Dear Mark,
The Kneale family say thank you to you and your most professional and kind way you helped us through our very sad time.
Very sincerely,

Margaret

Thank you to everyone at Grahams Funeral Services for the wonderful support and services provided for the funeral of our much loved dad, grandad and great-grandad. Mum has also been very appreciative of your kindness and professional approach.

Athol Chipman Family

Dear Mark,
The family and myself were completely satisfied with the funeral arrangements for Brian. Everything was arranged beautifully, a truly fitting farewell.

Rosemary Penman

Mark,
we really appreciate your time, the fact that you kept notes our Mother had given you over the years, the information and help with the Sovereign plan and all the detail involved before, during and after Mum's service yesterday. We can certainly recommend your services! Thanks again for a smooth transition for our family.
Best regards,

Coralie Nelson

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