There are 2 chapels within the crematorium building:
- the White Rose Chapel can accommodate up to 95 seated mourners
- the Ebor Chapel can accommodate up to 25 seated mourners
A 'live stream' of the funeral service can be provided, or a recording of the ceremony can be sent to the family; get more information on funeral media (including music).
Ceremony options at York Crematorium
York Crematorium offers a high standard of care and support to each member of the community, regardless of their beliefs and culture, so you can have a cremation service which is meaningful to you and your loved ones.
Each funeral service can be personalised to create an appropriate and meaningful ceremony for your loved one.
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There is only an electronic organ in the White Rose Chapel but both chapels have visual display units.
Humanist funerals at York Crematorium
Humanists funerals offer a personal way to celebrate a life for those who have lived without religion.
Before the funeral, a humanist officiant will normally visit your family to plan the ceremony, and to form a picture of the person. At this stage families can discuss various options for the ceremony.
Humanist funeral ceremonies may take place at crematoria, cemeteries, woodland burial grounds, and other burial grounds (subject to restriction).
For more information about how to arrange a humanist funeral visit the British Humanist Association website.
Religious services at York Crematorium
A local minister or faith leader in your area can lead a religious service at York Crematorium, which either takes place at the crematorium, or in your own building of worship before you reach the crematorium; your funeral director will arrange this.
If the service takes place at a church the minister will carry out the 'committal service' at the crematorium, which friends and family can attend. Otherwise a full service will take place at the crematorium, which may include a sermon, prayers, a reading and perhaps 1 or 2 hymns.
Following a service at York Crematorium flowers can be left in the floral display area adjacent to the White Rose chapel exit doors. Tributes are removed from this area around a week after the service (dependent on weather conditions) with any plastics recycled.
Please be aware the crematorium grounds are open to the environment and can sometimes be visited by deer, rabbits and squirrels who can, on occasion eat or disturb flowers.