Life is a gift
Life is an amazing journey
Life comes full circle
When something ‘comes full circle’ it completes a cycle, returns to its beginnings: “A novelist’s vision of human life has come full circle — from optimism to pessimism and back to optimism again.”
This is why it’s my pleasure ‘To Honour a Life’, for you and your loved ones.
Dealing with grief is one of the hardest things we have to encounter; especially when it’s a loved one or someone you hold dearly in your heart. And I should know. I lost my father a number of years ago.
While the grief has never left me, my coping mechanism kicks in and this has never let me down.
This is why I believe I am the right person to be your Celebrant for a Celebration of Life or a Memorial Service for someone you have loved and lost. Through my many roles – a Counsellor, Biographer, Storyteller, Copywriter, Bereavement Volunteer and a Public Speaker, I have developed an empathy & sincerity like no other – and I won’t let you down.
These roles have helped me to help many others and now I want to help you to Celebrate the Life in memory of your special loved one. I am proud ‘To Honour a Life’.
My promise to you
I want to be there for you every step of the way. This means meeting and spending precious time with you and gaining a good understanding about the person you have lost. You may like to be involved in the preparation of the funeral tribute and this is fine.
Some people find the process of writing about certain memories very comforting and this can help to manage their own grief. However I am here to provide the right words, ask the right questions and I will also liaise with anyone who may like to speak on the day – but there is no pressure. Whilst meeting, we can also discuss a choice of music, songs, prayers, readings and poems that you would like to integrate into the funeral service. As the Celebrant, I am also able to design the Order of Service and will provide some options.
My work as your Funeral Celebrant will be to deliver a Celebration of Life tribute with the utmost care, honour and dignity. We will plan and work together as a team to ensure your loved one has the best and most befitting send off in order to honour their life.
How I work with you
Locations / Home Counties I cover:
Essex – including
• Theydon Bois
• Buckhurst Hill
• North Weald
Also Hertfordshire and certain areas of London
It was a glowing tribute today….
“We had some lovely comments on the service Sue and people felt it was a glowing tribute to Dad which has given me some real inner peace that I haven’t let him down.
The funeral team have all been a real pleasure to work with and Dad was left in the very safest of hands.”
Delivery of the Eulogy felt very personal….
“Sue, I wanted to thank you for the work you did on my dad’s Eulogy and the Order of service. I think my dad would have been very happy with it. I received some lovely comments from his family about the service too.
The delivery of the Eulogy felt very personal – thank you.”
”Sue I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you. You gave mum and my family a wonderful service that I will remember with happiness not sadness and I will cherish the poems as they were exactly right.
It was an absolute privilege to have you look after mum.“
Exactly what she wished for….
“Just wanted to say thank you for officiating at mum’s funeral today. It was short and simple but exactly what mum wished for. The Memorial Sheet that you produced for the funeral looked lovely. Thank you once again Sue.”
She did us proud…..
“When our dad died, we were at a loss to know what to do. We were overcome with grief and were in no state to think logically about funeral arrangements – but we knew it had to be done, and soon. Sue is my older sister and was a tower of strength during that emotional time, so much so that she organised our father’s funeral from start to finish. Sue was also our Funeral Celebrant and a credit to our family. Full of grief herself, she was compassionate, respectful, empathetic and somehow she even managed to inject some humour into the tribute. A hard thing to do when you are standing up and delivering a tribute to your own dad. I am so proud of my sister and will never forget what she did to ensure our dad had the best send off.”
A great asset to the team…..
“Sue’s ability to read situations and deal with them in a manner that is not just professional but also calm and collected, shows she is a great asset to the Drew and Son Family Funeral Directors team.
Through working with Sue over recent months, I have no doubt she will continue to excel in her role as a Funeral Celebrant. With her caring and comforting approach, Sue certainly has the necessary people skills to deal with bereaved families in their time of need.
Further to this, Sue’s background in counselling and storytelling has provided her with the expertise needed to carry out this responsibility with great integrity.”
Would you like an informal chat about your loved one’s ceremony and the Order of Service? If so, please do contact me on my mobile or by email. Thank you.