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About Us

    About Steven Mears Funeral Directors

    Steven Mears Funeral Directors have provided funeral services to the South East London and Kent area since 1994.

    The teams at our Sydenham, Lewisham and Beckenham funeral homes will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one. Our Sydenham funeral home has its own service venue.

    Here at Steven Mears Funeral Directors we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.

    If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.


    Meet the Team

    Karen Rattigan

    Branch Development Manager

    As a mother of five and grandmother of eight I dedicated most of my life to raising my children and grandchildren maintaining my focus on my family.

    In doing so I found a passion for event organising, including charity and non-profit events, religious and family occasions and parties that catered to specific requirements.
    Raising a family wasn’t all parties and I was no stranger to the heartache of losing loved ones. Its these personal experiences that drew me to join Cruse 18 years ago as a bereavement counsellor and I very quickly realised that this was something that came naturally to me.

    Drawing on my passion for organising, empathetic nature and family-orientation I feel that in my role as a Funeral Arranger I was doing something that not only allowed me to support individuals and families when they need it, but also to reach out to my community raising money and more importantly an awareness for a number of groups and charities.

    Since becoming a BDM I have carried my experience through and hopefully now can guide and nurture other arrangers and help them build up their Branches and Brands to be an essential part of the communities that they are in. Whilst ensuring our best practice is always at the forefront.

    Sherry Kane

    Funeral Arranger

    Sherry has been with Steven Mears Funeral Directors since 2013, having previously worked as a nursery nurse/nanny for 14 years.
    Sherry says she most enjoys “Supporting families and helping them create the perfect day for their loved ones and knowing I have made an awful time in their lives easier in any way. It’s one of the best parts of my job.”
    She has an NVQ in level 3 child care and a SENco certificate which enabled her to co-ordinate and help the children who had extra needs in her care.
    She likes reading, baking (she makes the most amazing chocolate brownies!) and family time. “There’s nothing better than spending the day with the people I love.”

    Jacqueline Stacey

    Funeral Arranger

    Jacqueline has been with Steven Mears Funeral Directors since 2016, having previously worked as a Witness Care Officer for the Metropolitan Police .
    Jacqueline says she most enjoys “Helping grieving families cope with their loss and the feeling of satisfaction when the worse day of their lives has run the way they wished for their loved ones.”
    She says “Learning to drive was my biggest achievement, but also giving up smoking, thus enabling myself to enjoy my many adventures like scuba diving & a few other daring thrills.
    She likes travel, swimming, theatre and socialising.

    Our Values


    We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.

    Helping People

    Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.

    We do this with a positive, caring and understanding approach.

    Respect for everyone

    We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.

    Professional Standards

    We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.

    Accept responsibility

    We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.


    We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.

    Our locations

    We're available 24 hours 365 days a year

    Call 020 8776 7446 visit branch or arrange a home visit