Funerals and Memorials

As a celebrant, I work with families who wish to have their loved one’s life to be captured and celebrated in joyful, thoughtful and inspiring ways. Writing about a life lived is truly an honour for me but it is also an opportunity for those family and friends to share their grief, laugh, cry and remember their family member with fondness and love.

With care and compassion, I take the family through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind ceremony where we can weave a tapestry of words, music, poetry and pictures, to create an authentic and healing ceremony, that truly reflects that person’s life. Full Ceremonies, Graveside Committals and Interment/Scattering of Ashes.

“When you’re facing maybe one of the hardest days of your life, saying goodbye to your loved one, it isn’t easy. When we met Lou she was bubbly and happy, but caring and compassionate, all at the same time, bringing ease when talking about our beloved Dad. At the service, she made us feel very involved and introduced herself to our brother, who she hadn’t met due to living further away. The eulogy was given with love and care but much expression throughout. Lou got my Dad to a ‘T’. I would recommend her to all families who want a happy celebration of a loved one’s life. Lou is the person for this.” The Horne Family, October 2021

“Just wanted to write and say a huge thank you for your wonderful services as a Celebrant for my Dad’s funeral. I was immediately put at ease when you came to visit to talk about Dad and discuss the service. What you put together truly epitomised what we had hoped for and made us all feel as though you understood Dad and our family enough to speak with authority about his life. Lots of guests and family commented about the wonderful service and Dad, I’m sure, would have also approved. Your warmth, kindness and understanding in dealing with our family at this difficult time really helped us to give our Dad the send off we had hoped for. Many thanks again, we had a truly memorable day.” The Hicks Family, September 2021

“I felt very safe in the hands of Lou Fowkes, I felt secure that she would provide my Husband with a lovely Eulogy and service. She did it was tailored for my Husband me and our family and friends perfectly. I found Lou to be kind caring and professional. Nothing was too much trouble. All of the family and friends present on the day commented what a lovely service it was. I would totally recommend Lou as a celebrant.”  The Roots Family, July 2021

“Lou is very professional. From the moment we met her she was warm and compassionate. She did an amazing job for our mums funeral and made the day the celebration of my mums life which is what we wanted.” The Smith Family, July 2021

“Thank you again for adding to my father’s memories, The service was lovely and you told the story as he would have liked.” The Wall Family, May 2021

“Just wanted to say thank you for your help and understanding in the days leading up to Mollys funeral. We were so pleased the day ran so smoothly, also for your professionalism in putting together a special tribute to our friend Molly. It was written and read with respect, thoughtfulness and indeed humour which made us smile as well as shed a tear.” Carol & Terry, April 2021

“Thank you so much for yesterday, it was as perfect as it could be. You were so lovely and your words were so heartfelt.” The Driskel Family, January 2021

“Now that we have had time to look back on the day, we feel gratitude with the way you spoke so sensitively and cheerfully. From the moment we first spoke, you managed to ease our worries in such a sad time and for that we thank you very much.” The Sirett Family, January 2021

“A huge thank you from us. You helped make the celebration of mum’s life perfect. Just as she would have wanted it too!” The Sheath Family, January 2021

“From the 1st telephone call we had, you showed great empathy and immediately made a connection with me & Mum. You made us feel comfortable and confident in your hands. You took time to get to know us and find out about Dad. Your 1st version of the Eulogy was spot-on, showing that you’d really got a feel for the man he was and the qualities that fuelled his life. During the ceremony you were calm, clear, discrete and professional. You provided a source of personal comfort leading up to and on the day of the funeral – we had absolutely no reservations and trusted you implicitly. Mum and I agreed after the day that you were fantastic and made a significant contribution to the celebration of Dad’s life during the funeral ceremony. Thank you so much for your help – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anybody.” The Nutten Family, December 2020


C. W. Lyons & Son – 51/53, Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB

Tel: 01227 272375

John Kemp – 26, Harbour Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AH

Tel: 01227 272255

Beltinge & District – 132 Reculver Road, Beltinge, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 6PL

Tel: 01227 363300

W.S. Cole & Son – 17-19 High Street, Minster, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 4BU

Tel: 01843 821253

H R Palmer – 30 Hardres Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8QF

Tel: 01843 592720