There are 2 chapels within the crematorium building:
- the White Rose Chapel can accomodate 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).
Protecting mourners at York Crematorium
If you have symptoms of coronavirus must follow government guidelines to stay at home, and not attend a funeral service.
Arrangements are in place to ensure funerals are appropriately scheduled so that they do not overlap, and each group of mourners are given plenty of privacy.
The responsibility for protection from COVID-19 has moved to the individual from 19 July 2021. To ensure mourners are protected:
- we will keep hand sanitiser available and respect that mourners, you and your staff may still wish to wear face coverings in the chapels
- the crematorium team may also continue to wear face coverings in the public areas
If any of your parties wish to maintain social distancing you'll need to ensure that you do this within the chapels and be aware it will limit numbers.
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.
Find out more about:
- civil funerals at York Crematorium
- humanist funerals at York Crematorium
- religious services at York Crematorium
There is an electronic organ and a visual display system in the White Rose Chapel only.
Civil funerals at York Crematorium
A 'civil' funeral is a non-religious funeral, with an emphasis on the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased person and their family. A civil funeral is appropriate for either a cremation or burial, and can help to create a meaningful ceremony for this final act of love and respect.
Civil funerals can take place almost anywhere except for religious buildings and churches.
Our Crematorium Celebrant Service, or celebrants from York Register Office, can deliver professional and sensitive civil funeral ceremonies. Alternatively, your funeral director can help you find a local celebrant or officiant; more information is also available from:
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.