to honour a life

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.

My Story

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, an End of Life visit or a Memorial / Interment of Ashes Service for someone you have loved and lost. Through my many roles – a Mentor, 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’.


Sue Sowerby

Funeral Celebrant feather pink

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
• Epping
• Abridge
• Loughton
• Buckhurst Hill
• Chigwell
• Harlow
• Romford
• Ongar
• North Weald

Also Hertfordshire and certain areas of London


“I worried for nothing….”

“Sue, yesterday was lovely. I was nervous of how many would turn up, but I worried for nothing. Everyone was happy to see each other.

We had a good turn out and you made the service so special for us, as did Steve and Harry.

Your Dad would be so proud of you and how you work so hard to bring something very special to a sad occasion. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Hannah D,

SE London

“A day of celebration, reflection and togetherness…”

Hi Sue
I wanted to write to say how grateful I and all of our family were of your support and how you led the service. My sister said “Today was the most beautiful, thoughtful, meaningful funeral mum could have had” and we all concur.

Thank you for your wise words, calmness and generosity of spirit. It has been a challenging couple of weeks and this was the first time the whole family has come together for a long time. It was a day of celebration, honesty, reflection and togetherness.

Thank you again. xxx

J & G,

North London

“I was so pleased…”

I would just like to say that I was so pleased with the way you conducted the ceremony for my brother’s funeral. Utterly professional and a very thoughtful Eulogy. Everything was just right and it went so smoothly.

Please accept my gratitude and thanks for the way you performed your very important role. Again, thank you so much.

Paul H,


“Thank you for making it easier….”

Thank you from the family and for the lovely service yesterday and for all your help. I really appreciate you getting the wine for me so we could do a last toast to mum. Everyone commented on how good it was so you made a good choice there. It all becomes a bit surreal when it’s your mum so I’d just like to say thank you for making it all a bit easier for us.
Sharon S.

Woodford, Essex

“Please accept my gratitude….”

“We met Sue whilst arranging our mum’s funeral and from the minute we met her we knew that she would be perfect to deliver mum’s service. Sue is very warm, sincere and just knew what we needed … she was so caring and not even slightly intrusive. She wrote the most beautiful eulogy and delivered it like she knew mummy.

I could not recommend Sue enough.… she even wore the most beautiful emerald scarf to honour mum’s Irish roots.

Thank you Sue, for making the saddest day so much more bearable.”

Kellie D,

North London

“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.”

Steve & Harry Drew,

Abridge, Essex

“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.”

Steve, Ash & Jack


“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.”

Kevin H,

Barking, Essex

“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.”

Hayley E,

East London

“Heartfelt thanks….”

”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.“

Lisa V,

Epping, Essex

“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.”

Marion Potter,

Plaistow, London

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.

07787 989794   |