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A Giving Tribute


When the Reverend Dr David Perry began looking for a dog, he stumbled across a company which helped him to celebrate his mother’s life and also pay her the perfect tribute. And, as luck would have it, the owner of A Giving Tribute was also able to provide him with a much-loved puppy. Here, the Rev Perry tells his story.


Lapphund. We were advised to visit a dog show to meet some breeders and find out more about becoming an owner of these fabulous dogs. At the show in early April, I took some


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hen my wife Sue and I decided that the time was right for us to have a dog again, we narrowed our search down to the Finnish


photographs of Liz Mowatt (the founder of A Giving Tribute) and her winning dog Salo. We had not been able to chat to Liz there, so afterwards I looked for her online. The first search result came up as ‘A Giving Tribute’ so, my curiosity stirred, I visited the website and, to my fascination and delight, discovered her company. Like all the best ideas, this one is deceptively


simple and simply brilliant, filling a much- needed niche in funeral provision for relatives and celebrants alike. As someone who has taken countless funeral


services down the years, I am well aware of how essential it is for funerals to be as personal as possible, painting a picture of the deceased in a way that is recognisable and helpful to all those present in their collective grief. I was so excited by this discovery that I emailed Liz to congratulate her and to ask for a supply of her leaflets for my colleagues and local funeral directors. What I really like about A Giving Tribute is the


‘tribleau’ display boards, with their photographs and highly individual written tributes, giving a visual point of focus to the celebration of a precious life. In this way, the funeral becomes a truly collective sharing of memory and adds a dimension that is so often otherwise lacking. Very shortly after learning about the


PHOTO: The Reverend Dr David Perry with his wife Sue & Finnish Lapphund puppy Toivo


company, I lost my mother and we used A Giving Tribute to celebrate her life at the funeral. The very experience of writing our tributes online and choosing the photographs of my mother was therapeutic for all the family. On the day itself, the tribleaus gave us a focus of attention - both at the crematorium and especially afterwards at the reception, when my mother’s friends and neighbours, including her GP, spent much time reading through and commenting on the tribute cards.


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