There are two chapels within the crematorium building:

  • The White Rose Chapel seats up to 100 mourners with provision for a further 100 standing
  • The Ebor Chapel seats up to 25 mourners, with no standing space.

There is an electronic organ and a visual display system in the White Rose Chapel only.

Each funeral service can be personalised to create an appropriate and meaningful ceremony for your loved one. Service times are booked 40 minutes apart with twenty five minutes reserved for each service giving a 15 minute interval to prepare the chapel for the next service.

Religious services

A local minister or faith leader in your area would normally take the service, 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 one or two hymns.

Civil funerals

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. A professional civil funeral celebrant 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.

Celebrants from York Register Office can deliver professional and sensitive civil funeral ceremonies.

Your funeral director can help you find a local celebrant or officiant. You can also find out more information from the following organisations:

Humanist funerals

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 a family to plan the ceremony and to form a rounded 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.

Floral tributes

Following the service 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.

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