Reverend Harvey Barnes - Independent Funeral Minister in Plymouth
Rev'd Harvey Barnes - Independent Funeral Minister


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If I have assisted you during the time of your bereavement, I wonder if you might kindly consider leaving a brief testimonial that will convey to other families your experience of the service I provided.
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Harvey was referred to us by our funeral director and as soon as i met him i knew he was the correct person to conduct my father's funeral. He took time to meet with our family and was compassionate and really seemed to want to do the very best that he could for my father. That is exactly what he did, the service was very emotional and at the same time light with a slight bit of humour added which hit just the right note. Thank you Harvey.
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Harvey is a very kind person and was able to put us at our ease immediately when he came to see us at home. He has a great deal of empathy and nothing is too much trouble, even being happy to put aside his own plans for the day to conduct our service. He took great pains to learn about my husband and spoke to relatives and friends too even learning a little more at the last minute from my small grand-daughter.

The service itself was delivered just as my husband would have wanted it with some lighter moments as well as sensitivity and I would recommend Harvey to anyone needing assistance at a very difficult time. He's a person we'll never forget and will hold a special place in our hearts.

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We were recently referred to Reverend Harvey Barnes, by the funeral director who was responsible for the initial service.

Sadly, this was due to our previous minister not reading a close family members eulogy upon the day of the funeral itself. Which caused great family distress.

We initially engaged Harvey, to conduct a graveside Birthday remembrance service for our dearest mum, who I am proud to say spent her happiest years whilst she was living and growing up with family and friends in Plymouth.

It was clear from our initial family engagement, that Harvey was the professional, caring and compassionate minister that we should have engaged from the start.

Mum loved music and how it always brought people together, and also how it made them happy in sad and challenging times.

She was an eternally caring, warm and loving person and her positivity always shone through eternally to all she met, making many friends that loved her for who she was.

Harvey, took time from first meeting us to get to know what we wanted for the service, but more importantly to understand who mum was, and what she valued the most from life. This was family, friends and always music and her knowledge of the subject was rarely disputed.

With this in mind Harvey, was able to customise her birthday service with key pieces of music that were her favourite pieces, and songs that had special meaning to match happy and memorable times. Always keeping the sermon professional, and with important readings that reflected sincerity.

We were particularly impressed with how Harvey was able to reflect her spiritual and caring nature, with actual readings and passages within the bible, that embraced her warmth towards others.

Thank you again Harvey, it was a real honour for us to have you conducting the birthday service and also for ensuring that mum’s memorial graveside blessing and eulogy reading were professional.

We would not hesitate to recommend or engage you again for the future.

Kindest Regards.

Barry and Sue.

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Dear Harvey
Thank you so much for the service yesterday, our family will be forever grateful. The tribute you wrote and gave on behalf of my children and myself was so caring and lovely, you had obviously taken time to understand my Mum and this shone through. I don't think we could have found anyone better to help us say goodbye.

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From the moment Harvey visited us to plan mum's funeral it was plain he "got" us as a family. He never pushed us into anything and gently made suggestions for the ceremony. He was particularly helpful to myself, as I wrote and delivered the tribute to mum at the service.
As a family we are eternally grateful for the way Harvey conducted mum's service with dignity and respect.

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In a time of great sadness for our family it was immensely comforting for Harvey to ameliorate some of the burden of arranging the proceedings for the cremation from our collective grief. To finalize the arrangements exactly to the families wishes, and to conduct such a fine service was gratifying to all. It speaks volumes for Harveys professionalism and empathy, that following the ceremony the conversation amongst attendees was "what a wonderful send off". We as a family could not have wished for more.
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We would like to say how delighted we were with your role in Audrey's funeral on 10 November. It was a very moving and intimate family occasion which struck just the right note and was appreciated by all those present.

Your advice before the ceremony was extremely helpful and made us all feel more relaxed about this day which was so important to us You were able to provide reassurance and support throughout. You succeeded in personalising the service to reflect Audrey's loving and gentle nature. It was very moving.

Thanks so much for taking the time to prepare this so carefully. It made all the difference.

Les, Kelvin, Michael and Jacqueline

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Unfortunately I lost 3 members of my close family in quick succession but had the good fortune to meet the Rev Barnes who officiated each of the funerals.
What a great and comforting character he is.
I send him the kindest regards from all of my family and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Top man. Enough said.

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I am so grateful to Rev Harvey Barnes for turning such a sad day into something so beautiful. I don't think you could find a more professional, compassionate, warm and friendly minister. I cannot thank him enough for taking the time to really ensure that the service was beautiful and personal. He took the time to get to know us and listen to our wishes and I really feel as though my loved one got the beautiful celebration of her life that she deserved. Thank you so much for everything. You are a absolute credit to your profession.
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Harvey, you made us feel that we were the only ones in the world who had a funeral. You shaped the chaos of our ideas and added your part to dovetail in with our wishes. Thank you.
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