We specialise in Personalised Funeral and Memorial Services
A Personalised Funeral or Memorial Ceremony offers a unique and sensitive alternative to a traditional funeral. It gives you the opportunity to celebrate your loved one’s life and parting.
Let us provide you with a ceremony, celebrating and commemorating the life that has been lives in a compassionate and sensitive manner.
Our ceremonies have no religious content, although prayers or hymns may be included at your request.
We will meet with you to talk about the person that has died and discuss the type of ceremony you would like.
We will gather information to create a personal tribute and offer a wide selection of suitable readings. You may wish to include music, poetry or readings that have a special significance for the deceased. There may be members of your family or friends who would like to speak at the ceremony.
Gwyn is well known for writing personalised poems using details and personal facts from the life of the person lived, to provide a poem that can capture key points in a person’s life, including achievements, memorable occasions, humorous events etc.
Then, with compassion, sincerity and great care we will officiate the ceremony at the funeral home, crematorium, cemetery or any location of your choice.
Each ceremony is a unique celebration of life, design and conducted to reflect your wishes and those of your loves one.
After the funeral, we will present your family with a personalised copy of the ceremony as keepsake.
A Funeral Celebrant is a person who can help plan, write and lead a Funeral service.
People from all walks of life choose to become a celebrant but all are motivated by a strong desire to help families give the person who has died a good send-off, one that honours, gives thanks for, and, even, celebrates a life.
Some Celebrants are introduced to families by a Funeral Director, others are approached directly. Either way, all will work closely with the family and the funeral director to ensure everything goes to plan.
Celebrants are creative, alternative, ceremonial leaders. They are an excellent choice for those who want to honour the life of a deceased loved one. Ceremonies that may or may not be religious in nature, but that are both deeply moving and meaningful for those who are bereaved.
Alison and Gwyn Davies
Alison: 07572 544 409
Gwyn: 07831 692 480
Landline: 01443 413 485
21st October 2017
Just to say thank you for doing dad’s service yesterday . Everyone has said how perfect it was and you just got the kind of man dad was .
You made a very hard day much easier .
20th October 2017
Dear Alison..I would like to thank you for a beautiful service on Tuesday I thought it went perfectly and also for the lovely book you compiled for dad I’m sure in time he’ll take comfort from reading through it so thanks again……Tracy,Ken and Callum xx
20th October 2017
Thank you so much for all that you’ve done for us and making Cai’s send off so special X
5th October 2017
Thank you gwyn for such a lovely celebration of Sandra’s life today and for doing the family proud with such a fitting service you delivered today.
Thank you for all your time,effort and patients.
Maria,Anthony, Liam, Callum, conner,
Tyrone, saphia, Daniel, Keelan, Brooke & Joe
30th August 2017
Just a quick note to say thank you for yesterday it was a lovely service and everyone said it was the best and could I tell them how to get in touch as they all want you for their own funeral which i think says it all so once again thank you
26th August 2017
Alison ,just to say thank you for a lovely service.Everyone present said
how nice it was.You made the day as good as it could be in the
12th August 2017
I would just like to say a heartfelt thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing tribute and awesome send off you gave my darling husband Ricky.
Everyone said it was the loveliest service they have been to and that was all down to you so once again Thank You so much .
9th August 2017
Hi Alison. Thank you for your help and support at dad’s funeral. You captured the essence of the story and conveyed it to the people at the funeral and brought it alive. A day dad would have thought appropriate. Thanks again. Les
25th July 2017
Firstly let me thank you for providing an excellent service for my uncle Brian on behalf of Jean and Christopher’s.
We had excellent feedback from all in attendance for the service you provided, which made the family feel at ease at this difficult time.
Thank you Lee and Alison for all your support and it was a pleasure in meeting you although in trying times
21st July 2017
Firstly, apologies for not emailing sooner, my head is still mush as you can imagine. However I want to let you know how grateful I am for all you help and support over the last few weeks. Steve’s funeral was just how I wanted it to be. You did a fantastic job and I want to say “Thank You”
You will not believe how many people came up to me saying it way a lovely service, a few asked if you knew Steve because they felt a connection and one even said that when they go they want the same! A fabulous tribute to you both.Thanks again for giving my darling Steve the tribute he deserved.
Tina Simpson xx
23rd June 2017
My sisters and I would like to say a big thank you for conducting the ceremony today.
Many people commented on the eulogy and how it reflected my mother as a person and also her life. The little anecdotes that other people would not have known about made it feel very real. We liked the little personal comments you added to this.
It was nice to get together as a family after the service and we also caught up with some old neighbours and friends that we had not see for many years.
The booklet you did was very professional and my mother would have liked the photographs.
It will be a nice heirloom to pass on to the future generations.
Many thanks once again for yours and Alison’s input.
Andrea, Elaine and Lesley
21st June 2017
I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for Monday. Mum and I thought the service went very well and while the words you spoke were lovely it was the tone of the message we thought captured the mood perfectly. It was a difficult time for us and but with your help we feel we gave dad the sort of service and send-off he would have approved of.
Thanks again for your help and support.
7th June 2017
Thank you again for yesterday- it was an amazing service and you’ll probably be getting a lot of business in the future as everyone I spoke to said they want you to do theirs when the time comes for them.
A few family members were asking if it would be possible to get extra copies of the memory book and we were wondering if it would be possible to buy an extra 9 copies? If so, how much would this be?
5th June 2017
Thank you for today everyone said they enjoyed the service funerals are never nice but you put a smile on our face
1st April 2017
Dear Alison Gwyn
Lovey to have seen you yesterday.
I want to thank you for the lovely tribute that you paid John caught the essence of the man so perfectly.
The wonderful” InLoving Memory book “so beautifully presented
Will be treasured & constantly read by myself family &a friends
27th March 2017
Good evening both
Thank you both for the wonderful service for mam.
10th February 2017
Hiya Gwyn and Alison
Just to say thank you for the beautiful serice for our mother/nan. Everyone commented how beautiful the service was and could of stayed there longer. The memorial books are absolutely stunning and thank you for all your hard work and giving her the send off she deserved.
Emma and Linda
3rd February 2017
Hi Gwyn and Alison
Just a quick message to thank you both very much for the service today. Your attention to every detail has touch us so much and we are truly grateful. Everyone said how special the service was and we only have you both to thank for that.
Lastly may we also thank you for the precious memory books you gave us. Such a lovely gift to sum up the special life Ros had and gave to others
Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts.
Sarah-Kate & Martin xx
29th January 2017
Dear Gwyn and Alison.
Absolutely perfectly compiled. My family, and indeed myself, have not finished crying , smiling and most comforting, laughing. Something we have seemed not to have done for many weeks. For this we thank you from the bottom of our broken hearts. This compilation could not have been more accurately recorded and presented.
Thank you so very much.
Mike ,Wendy and Family
25th January 2017
Hi I’m emailing to ask how I would go about getting another service book that you made for my mothers funeral? I would also like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the care and love that you put into my mothers service. You made the hardest time of my life a little easier. Knowing that you took such care was a big help. I’m sure all my family and all my mothers friends felt the same way.
23rd January 2017
Hi Gwyn and Alison
We want to thank you both for the lovely service you did for mam. It was exactly what we wanted and many people have commented on it being such a personal service. Some people thought you actually knew mam and others felt you had captured the spirit of her exactly.
You both provided a fantastic service and made the day less stressful.
Once again thank you very much
Pam and Julie
19th January 2017
How will I ever be able to thank you enough for the service you provided for our beloved Alan yesterday. Everyone and I mean absolutely everyone asked who you were and said how wonderful a send off it was. We did him proud and got in at 3.30 am I bet he was gutted he couldn’t be there in person. On behalf of myself and the Jenkins clan Thank you so much. Diane and the Jenkins family.xxxxxxxx
9th December 2016
Thanks to you both for today. I think it all went very well, not too long & not too short, just right. Both Martin & I are very pleased with what you’ve done for us. I would also like to say a big thank you on behalf of Dad to whom Mam is forever ‘Christmas Shopping’
7th December 2016
Words can’t express, the gratitude I feel for your beautiful service yesterday for my husband, friends ,& family can’t stop saying how they have never heard a service like it, so personal,
So once again a huge thank you x.
2nd December 2016
Thank you both very much for your help over the last few weeks and for making the funeral as successful as any event of that type could ever be.
1st December 2016
Hi Gwyn and Alison
I didn’t get the chance to thank you on Wednesday for the lovely service you provided for my mother. I know she would have appreciated it very much. I thought it was beautiful, and it made my day easier and much less sad. Members of the family and fiends have commented that it was a true reflection of her life and they enjoyed the service too.
Many thanks from me and all my family
28th November 2016
Dear Alison and Gwyn.
Thank you so much for your support and conduct of Mams service. All who attended have expressed the view that it was a fantastic celebration of her life and surprisingly all loved the music. It eas ironic that Freddie Mercury died 25 years ago that week.
I wish you every success for your future.
24th November 2016
Hi Gwyn and Alison.
On behalf of me and all the family, we would like to thank you both very much for the way in which you conducted mum’s funeral.
Everyone said how wonderful it was and that we did her proud. The book of remembrance was also a real talking point at the wake and brought back many memories for the family.
We cannot convey how much it was appreciated so once again thank you both very much.
Jan & Mark Thomas
27th October 2016
Thank you for today
Sheree and family
22nd October 2016
Good morning both,
I just want to thank you for the lovely service you provided my mam with recently. We truly felt she had an amazing and heartfelt send off. As I imagined a lot of our family wants a copy of the booklet you provided. There’s 9 altogether. Is this ok?
28th September 2016
Dear Gwyn and Alison
I must write to thank you for the way you conducted the service for my dear husband Phil. It was so moving, dignified and warm and very much appreciated by myself Sue, Pete, Lee and all the family. I am so pleased to tell you that Anna and Sam had a beautiful baby boy (Remy Peter Philip Bryant on the 16th September, our great grandson .
I must also thank you for your beautiful commemorative remembrance with photographs, it will be treasured as a family memento of a very special man who I was privileged to share my life with for sixty six years.
Best wishes to you both,,,
11th September 2016
Dear Gwyn and Alison,
Now that we have had time to reflect on my Dad’s funeral and mum has had time to sit quietly and read the beautiful tribute that you put together for him, we would just like to say a huge thank you to you both for making this sad occasion a good memory for us.
The time and thought that you put into the eulogy and poem for Dad was more than we could have expected in our wildest hopes and the written momento that you gave us as a record of the funeral has brought tears of sadness and happiness to our eyes.
You have really found your vocation in life and you perform it with such compassion, humanity and dignity that anyone using your services, like us, would feel honoured and grateful that you were part of such a pivotal day in their lives.
A huge THANK YOU once again, to you both.
With warmest wishes,
Kitty Richard, Janine Richard, Robert Richard and Denise and Rob Santilli
17th August 2016
Hi Gwyn and Alison,
Just wanted to drop you a note to thank-you very much for yesterday.
The service was a touching / moving tribute to our father. We couldn’t have wished for anything better.
Once again thank-you both very much.
30th July 2016
Many thanks for the lovely service yesterday.
30th July 2016
Morning Gwyn/Alison I would just like to say thanks from all the family for the service that you gave.
We had some very good comments on how the service was presented and how well it all went and it was much appreciated.
28th July 2016
Hi Gwyn and Alison
Thank you so much for such a lovely service and once again thanks for all your understanding and patience.
Everything went off without a hitch! I think we did her proud.
Val and Julia
29th June 2016
Thank you both for the beautiful service you gave my boy xx
6th June 2016
Gwyn & Alison
I would like to relate my feelings on the way you conducting Steve’s funeral service last Friday – not only was very professional but it was also said with warmth and feeling not just for Steve but also for all concerned.
I’m sure it can’t be easy to include suitable words that keep a long term fiancé and 2 wives happy, and I know I can only speak for myself but I’m sure you did that last Friday. The crematorium was filled with laughter through-out that service and surely that is how a good-bye along with a celebration of someone’s life should be.
If I didn’t know better the words that were spoken that day seemed to come from someone who had known him for years and that made everything you both said so meaningful…so thank-you both and Gwyn – that poem you wrote was so good (you need to get a publisher!)
1st June 2016
Review left on facebook
Gwyn and Alison conducted my mother’s funeral. They were so easy to deal with at such an emotional time and the service was absolutely fabulous- just what my mother would have wanted.
They listen to exactly what you want and guide you through the details, making a difficult issue much easier. They are highly recommended
23rd May 2016
Hi Gwyn & Alison
My dad & all us children would like to say a huge thankyou for the service you did for my mam .
It was absolutely amazing and beautiful .
Thank you so much the Palmer clan xxx
14th May 2016
Dear Gwyn and Alison,I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for all you’ve done for us over the past two weeks. Firstly, the service yesterday was, and I quote from the comments I received yesterday “absolutely fantastic”. Tough guys were moved to tears by your words and you certainly brought home the message about depression awareness and how this tragically affected Suse. On top of this you brought humour and humanity to the day. So on behalf of the family please accept our deep felt gratitude.
I also want to thank you for the memorial album which the girls were delighted with and will keep forever.
Just one apology. I am sorry I couldn’t send more time with you both yesterday. I really wanted to chat more but frankly the number of people who wanted share their thoughts and condolences was overwhelming and as a result, I seemed to be dragged from one corner of the room to the other particularly, it seemed when I was making my way to your table.
Thanks so much once again.
Gomes, Rebecca, Kelsey, Olwen, Tisher and Julien
21st March 2016
Hi Gwyn and Alison, thank you for giving Auntie Mabel a lovely service,
kind regards Jackie and family x
21st March 2016
A huge thank you from myself and the my family for today’s service. It was lovely and so personal.
With the words you put together and the choir being there I know that dad would of approved at the send off given.
Once again many thanks.
18th March 2016
Gwyn, Alison. Just wanted to say, thank you for today. You did my father justice and really brought something different to the service!
16th March 2016
Only a quick email to thank you once again for today.
Everyone said what a beautiful service it was.
11th March 2016
Hello Gwyn & Alison,
First I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the service you did for my dad, it was so personal and it was as if you knew him for years. It has helped me a great deal.I am sending this email to ask if it is possible for me to purchase a copy of the memory book you did for us. It’s amazing and would like one for myself.Could you let me know if this is possible.
Thank you so much again
1st March 2016
Dear Gwyn and Alison
I would just like to thank you for the lovely eulogy you delivered for dad yesterday . It was beautifully written and a very fitting tribute and as a family we couldn’t have asked for better . It made a sad occasion a lot easier and far more uplifting . I loved the poem you wrote it was humorous and touching . It has been lovely meeting you both
Thank you again so much for all you have done
Fiona , Stella and Sandra
26th February 2016
Thank you both so much for doing my dads funeral, everybody was overwhelmed with Gwyn. He done a amazing job. Is it possible to order another memorial book please?
19th February 2016
Hi Gwyn, Alison and Bev.
Many thanks for the lovely service that you did for Mam, everybody commented on the readings and how it was done in a professional but compassionate way. Once again many thanks and hope to hear from you soon
16th February 2016
Hello Gwyn & Alison
I just wanted to say thank you very much for the service yesterday. Myself and the all the family and friends said how nice it was. My Uncle Dave and cousins were able to smile and enjoyed some of the memories along with us as well.
Thank you again.
13th February 2016
Hi Gwyn & Alison
Thank you very much for sending the service through. it’s beautiful
Thank you so much and look forward to seeing you soon.
Charlotte and Maureen
12th February 2016
Hi Gwyn & Allison
I would like to express on behalf of the whole family our fullest gratitude for the way you helped us portray the true person that Nigel was. You managed to sum him up in your lovely poem and we thank you both for your kindness and consideration over the past week. We couldn’t have asked for any better for Nigel and we achieved it with your help, it really was a celebration of his life.
9th February 2016
My family and I would just like to say a huge thank you for everything you did for Granch’s service. It was perfect and we have had so many lovely comments about how lovely and touching it was. Thank you for the extras with the photo and the memory book, we will cherish them forever.
Hannah and Family x
29th January 2016
A very big thank you for the service you did yesterday. Everybody said you were great. So thank you very much.
David & Zoe x
20th January 2016
Hello Gwyn and Alison.
My family and I wish to thank you whole heartedly for your talk yesterday. My father was particularly touched. Several people approached us afterwards to also comment on how lovely the service was and how personal it was to my brother Lee.
Many thanks again to both of you for your support and help during a very difficult time for us.
6th January 2016
Ashley and I just want to thank you and Bev for the professional service and compassion shown to us all during such a difficult time. The booklet provided is special to Ashley and a real nice touch to remember Hazel.
Jonathan and Ashley
18th November 2015
Thank you so much Gwyn and Alison for the wonderful send off Bob received – everybody said what a great service it was -Bob would have loved it thank you both from the bottom of our hearts
Mo,Lynn, Carol and Eric
12th November 2015
Hi Alison, myself and Sam are so pleased with all the work that’s gone into this. It’s a perfect tribute to my Dad, I’ll always be grateful to you for this, thank you so much!
1st November 2015
Hi Alison and Gwyn,
Thank you again for the great service. Can I please order 5 copies of the memorial book .
Many thanks again.
15th October 2015
Hi Alison, I just wanted to say thanks to you and Gwyn for today.
I am returning to Guernsey tomorrow and didn’t want to leave without my profound thanks to you both.
My mum was so pleased with everything you did for Dad, he would have been proud of his special farewell.
You made a difficult day go with ease and for this I thank you on behalf of the family.
10th October 2015
Hi Gwyn and Alison
Just wanted to say a massive thank you both for making yesterday such a memorable service for us all, myself and the family felt you made us so proud,family and friends all said what a refreshing change to most funerals they had been to myself included. Again we couldn’t thank you both enough for doing such a great service. Thank you Thank you Thank you.
30th September 2015
Dear gwyn and alison can i say a big thank you for the way dads fund rel went on friday we have had so much feed back from every one that came from cracking tribute to dad and best fund rel ever been to and what a brilliant man you were amy also had a lot of good feed back for her poem you would never had guessed that was her first time to stand up and speak her mam said thank you for standing so strong by the side of her she would not of done it without you every thing was perfect best wishes to you both from us.
28th September 2015
Thank you so much for a brilliant service. My dad would have loved it!!! All the family & friends did too & a lot of people have been asking about your celebrations of life. What a fabulous send off!!! Cant thank you enough.
Love The Evans’ xxxx
27th September 2015
Dear Alison and Gwyn,
My family and i would like to thank you both for the service you gave John during his funeral, everyone who attended were very touched at the send off he received this was borne out by the attendance that day. I like to think it was a happy occasion as far as funerals go it was’nt all doom and gloom, every one liked our choice of music although more than a few tears were shed as well. Sometimes happy can come out of sad, the day before the funeral we made contact with John’s nephew from Aberdare whom we lost touch with 30yrs ago so it did have its happy moments and it reconciled a family
11th September 2015
Thank you so much for the amazing service you did yesterday it was lovely the send off she deserved. Would it be possible for me to buy another book of the service off you please it’s beautiful x
9th September 2015
Thank you very much for making this sad time easier x
29th August 2015
Thank you both for a lovely send off for our son
Stuart & Michelle
28th August 2015
Let me thank you once again for yesterday. Everybody said how much they enjoyed the service, if you can enjoy a funeral.
24th August 2015
Hi Gwyn & Alison
My family would like to say a big thank you for Dad’s service last Thursday. Many people attending commented on how lovely the service was,
21st August 2015
I would like to thank you very much for giving Christine such a lovely sensitive send off yesterday. Everyone was touched by her service and we thought how kind and considerate you were.
Adele & John
17th August 2015
Once again thanks to you both for what you did for us. Good luck with your venture
27th July 2015
I just wanted to thank you very much for the brilliant eulogy you gave at my husband’s funeral. You must have put in so many hours, an enormous amount of work.
Everyone I spoke to thought you were incredible. They paid you so many compliments.
10th July 2015
I would like to thank you both for the service today I have had plenty of people saying it is the type of funeral they would like.
You done Bernard Suzie and myself proud and his son and daughter said how nice it was.
Once again a big thank you
4th July 2015
Hi Gwyn and Ali
Many thanks for a beautiful ceremony , it really touched our hearts to have you there to share in our grief but also in our celebration of her life. I will give you a ring in a few days if that is ok.
Once again many thanks
simon and donna
3rd July 2015
Hi Gwyn thank-you for the lovely service on Tuesday. Our family and friends have all commented on how lovely and personal it was and how you had captured the type of man Chris was.
Thanks again for the lovely service.
29th June 2015
Gwyn and Alison, good morning both,
As I that said at the time, very many and sincere thanks, for carrying out mam’s service last Tuesday.
The booklet you produced is superb and an excellent way of capturing the service along with the photos of my mother and family at various times throughout her life.
Again, very many thanks
28th June 2015
Thank you for the booklet you produced of Janet’s life. We really appreciate it. Your compassion and professionalism shone through in a very difficult time.
Gerald & Family
22nd June 2015
I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you both for the wonderful service you did for my dad last Friday 19th June 2015.
The number of compliments we have received from people who were at the funeral and people who couldn’t make it but had heard about it from their friends is amazing.
I think we all laughed and we all cried and as one of the bearers said, he had never been to a funeral and laughed so much in the nicest, possible way. I’m sure my dad would have been proud of it as well.
I have passed your contact details on to a number of people. Once again, many thanks for making a really sad day, a happy one in the end.
Susan Griffiths & Family
21st June 2015 Review on Facebook
I have nothing but good things to say about Alison and gwyn. They did the service for my nan Friday. We are more than happy with her send off. It was so nice to have a celebration of my nans life and I think she’d be very happy with the service. The poem gwyn wrote was amazing. Thank you so much for your support both.
17th June 2015
Hi Alison and Gwyn
Lots of people take the time to complain but never take the time to say thank you, my Dad was very special and I would like to say thank you, to you both, for giving my Dad a lovely send off, the number of people who have come up to Mum and said what a lovely service it was and of course how Victoria stood up there and did her poem, but I would like to thank you for for kindness and giving us the service Dad would have wanted, some of the comments were they could have listened to Gwyn all day.
Although I live in England there’s no one like us Welsh for caring, my roots are at home in Wales
Thank you again and all the best for the future
9th June 2015 Facebook Post
I Buried my Oldest son Jeffery April 20th 2015. I wish to thank all those who attended and for all the condolences of those who could not.
Richards Funeral Directors Who are based in trecynon, Aberdare Buried my husband and now my son. The service they gave was second to none. It was done with dignity, care and i would recommend them to anyone.
As regards to Gwyn davies & his wife Alison who run Human touch wales, they were the warm welsh people who took the time to listen to everything that was said, and i wish to thank them for theyre care and consideration, Gwyns wife alison made a lovely album for me of the funeral and also of jeffs life, i will have to order more smile emoticon.
It was a lovely funeral, we celebrated jeffs life, and left comforted by his friends and family, with friends, good neigbours and family beside me makes life a little easier to bear when tradgedies happen
3rd June 2015
I just want to say thanks so much for a lovely service and send off my nan. It couldn’t have gone any better.
11th May 2015
Hi Gwyn and Alison, I would just like to take this opportunity on behalf of me, dad, and michelle to say a very big thank you for the great service you provided for us today, it was a really really fitting tribute to mam.
Everyone passed comment on how suited the service was to mam.
3rd April 2015 Review left on Facebook
On behalf of all the family and friends who were at the funeral, I’d just like to thank you both from the bottom of our hearts, for what you did for us. Everyone has been saying what an incredible service you provided, at this very sad time. It was certainly very different, and what Martin would have wanted. The poem and eulogy were incredible, and you manage to encapsulate everything that Martin was, and stood for.
At times, there didn’t seem to be a dry eye, then there was laughter. I don’t think I will ever forget the day. Whenever we speak of Martins funeral, there will always be a mention for you guys, and will always be in our memories. I have to say Gwyn, you have a very special gift, in making people feel special in times of grief. Thank you so much…..
Steve, Jo, Mary & Terry
10th March 2015
Thank you for delivering such a lovely service yesterday. I know my dad would’ve been very proud.
My mam is taking great comfort from the memorial book. It is such a lovely touch.
Thank you both for helping us through this.
Kathryn and Family
5th March 2015
Dear Gwyn and Alison,
Just a quick e mail, on behalf of myself and the extended family, to say thank you for the caring and dignified service you carried out for Mam yesterday.
Even though I knew what you were going to say, the way it was put across was, well, lovely, and I really believe the way Mam would have liked.
The folder is amazing, the thought, time and effort put in has, for me, been so worthwhile, everything we said about Mam was in the folder, one way or another.
I really can’t thank you enough for everything, and if you ever, which I doubt you will, need someone as a reference, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you so much
27th February 2015
Thank you for a beautiful service today everything was perfect thank you so much. It was lovely to see it was all about Kevin that’s exactly what we wanted xxxx
10th February 2015
I would like to thank Eleanor Morgan and Debbie Cole for putting me in touch with www.humantouchwales.uk
Gwyn & Alison Davies are without doubt very personal and passionate about their Service.- Rob Cole
7th February 2015
Hi Gwyn, just want so say thank you so much to you and Alison for a wonderful service. You made the day as easy as it could have been. Every word you spoke was sincere and from the heart. Thanks again- Michael & Laura
17th January 2015
Gwyn and Alison conducted a really heartwarming service at my 17 year old daughters funeral. They are both full of genuine compassion at obviously a hard time for all.
The welcome, poems, eulogy basically everything summed up my daughters life, which included laughter as well the sadness of her loss ….. THANK YOU xx
Thank you sooo sooo much! Such special words spoken xxx – Michelle
23rd December 2014
We are very thankful we meet such nice people as yourselves. You helped us through a sad time. The service you provided was first class- Jackie and Ron
19th November 2014
Gwyn – many, many thanks to you and Alison for the wonderful record you’ve pulled together of Dad’s funeral; Morwyn and I will treasure it forever, as it’s a perfect reminder of how the day turned out.
It was our intention to make it a joyous occasion and, with your direction, it proved as such. So many people came up to us afterwards and said how much they enjoyed being reminded of what a unique and wonderful person Dad was, and how they couldn’t feel sad when there was so much love around.
Thanks again, and good luck in all you do.
Ken & Morwyn
Nearly one third of people in Wales have no religion, according to census data.
A total of 58% (1.8m) give Christianity as their belief, a 14% drop since 2001, a larger fall than any English region.
But a total of 32% in Wales said they had no religion, the highest total was in Blaenau Gwent with 41.1%; the lowest in Flintshire with 25.4%.
The Church in Wales said Christianity is “no longer the default setting” for many people but the picture is complex.
A quarter of the population in Wales and England as a whole said they have no religion.
This was a rise of 10% from 15% (7.7 million) in 2001 to 14.1 million in 2011.
But the proportion in Wales with no religion was higher than across Wales and England as a whole.
Those stating that they were Muslim in Wales is 1.5% – up from 0.7% – with the highest proportion in Cardiff (6.8%) and Newport (4.7%).
There were also slight increases in the percentage of people who said they were Hindu or Buddhist – both up from 0.2% to 0.3%.
There was also a rise in people saying they had other faiths – from 0.2% to 0.4%
The percentage who said they were Sikh or Jewish remained unchanged between 2001 and 2011 at 0.1%.
The Church in Wales said the figures show that Christianity “is no longer the default setting it once was for many people in Wales”.
“Today we find people go to church because they want to, not because they feel they have to or because it’s the place to see and be seen,” she said.
“It should also be borne in mind that statistics can’t show the whole picture in matters of faith.
“The past few months, for example, have seen people in different parts of Wales turn to churches in their thousands following various tragic events: in Machynlleth, in Ely, in St Asaph.
“People find God when life gets tough and it is the Church’s privilege to be there for them whenever and wherever we may be needed.”
Canon Bob Reardon, communications officer for the Catholic diocese in Cardiff, said the faith communities were already aware of the challenges shown up by the figures.
“It’s apparent in organised religion there has been a decline but that’s not to say there is not a spiritual side to people,” he said.
“There is still a spiritual dimension to how people live their lives, that is something we all share.”
Meirion Morris, general secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, said that despite “rumours to the contrary”, the census showed that almost 60% of the population of Wales still considered themselves to be Christian.
“As a bilingual denomination that serves communities across Wales we are aware of this underlying sense of belonging to the Christian tradition,” he said.
“However, we are also realistic and know that the level of this commitment varies enormously, and that during the last century the life of the church has become increasingly marginalised.”
He said churches were seeking to find “relevant ways of reaching our communities”.
Dr Geraint Tudur, general secretary of the Union of Welsh Independent Churches, which represents nearly 450 chapels in Wales, said: “In what’s often called a secular society, it’s amazing and uplifting that 58% of Welsh people still consider themselves to be Christians.
“Although only a minority attend services and other religious events, it’s obvious that there’s still a strong sense of loyalty and affection towards Christianity in Wales.”
Lorraine Barrett, a former Welsh assembly member who now works as a humanist celebrant, said it was interesting that people had the confidence to declare themselves of no religion or non-Christian.
And she said it meant a challenge for policymakers to ensure the non-religious were accommodated equally with faith groups.
She said: “People have almost felt obliged to say they have some sort of religion.
“Public policy is geared towards those with some sort of religious faith, they are given some sort of privilege or automatic right to be considered.
“For the establishment, whether the Welsh government or the UK government, it will give pause for thought when they are considering issues and how they interact with groups and societies.”
The religion question was the only voluntary question on the 2011 census.
Stephen Hicks from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said: “Older people are more likely to affiliate with the Christian religion.
“Our snapshots have been showing (the decline) for a while and this wasn’t a surprise to us, this big change.”
Mr Hicks stressed that identifying with Christianity could be a cultural thing rather than signifying actual church attendance or even a belief in God, adding that the census did not ask about church-going activity.
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