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South Essex Crematorium

At South Essex Crematorium in Upminster, the well-tended gardens have been a source of comfort for the bereaved for many years.

The peaceful surroundings and tasteful architecture provide a welcoming atmosphere.  Since opening in 1957 families have been able to wander freely through our grounds, or to contemplate quietly in one of the many secluded rose gardens or by one of the various water features.

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Christmas tributes

We invite you to bring your Christmas tributes from 1 December.

For safety reasons please do not bring breakable items such as glass, china or lanterns. We will continue to remove these.

We will start removing Christmas items from the Gardens of Remembrance from Monday 15 January 2018. This is necessary so that we have time to complete our winter maintenance before the growing season starts. 

Please be aware that when we remove Christmas Tributes it will include all Christmas related items. If you wish to keep any items you will need to remove them before 15 January.

Unfortunately we do not have the facilities to store memorabilia that is removed.

Some of the items that we will clear are:

  • wreaths, whether natural or artificial.
  • potted Christmas type plants, including poinsettias and Christmas planters.
  • Christmas trees.
  • Christmas decorations, including tinsel, baubles, lights, cards and balloons.
  • Christmas type figures, including reindeer, polar bears, snowmen, Father Christmas, sleighs, nativity figures.

These items are just an example of what we will be removing.

If you are unsure it is best to remove them especially if they have sentimental value.

Crematorium tours

If you would like to join us on one of our tours you may register your interest below and we will contact you once dates have been confirmed.

You will have an opportunity to talk to our staff as well as a wide range of compassionate professionals all experienced in caring for the bereaved and celebrating the lives of loved ones.

Register your interest for a tour

Opening hours

The Gardens of Remembrance opening times

Summer months (April to October): Monday to Sunday 9am - 7pm

Winter months (November to March): Monday to Sunday 9am - 4pm

Book of Remembrance and Chapel of Meditation opening times

Summer months (April to October): Monday to Sunday 9am - 4.45pm

Winter months (November to March): Monday to Sunday 9am - 3.45pm

Reception opening times

By telephone: Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm

For walk-in reception enquiries: Monday to Sunday 9am - 3.30pm

Our two chapels

We have two chapels which are interdenominational so that we can accommodate all religions and non-religious ceremonies. 

One is suitable for large funerals and the other for more intimate funerals. Most families will choose one of these chapels when having a cremation service but you can also use one of the chapels for a memorial service only, before a:

If you want a memorial service because a cremation or burial has taken place in another part of the country or abroad get in touch using the details at the bottom of this page.

South Chapel

The South Chapel is the larger of the two chapels and will seat approximately 120 people. This chapel is light and airy and has a glass balcony. There is a large TV screen at the entrance to the chapel, one in the foyer and two further screens within the chapel.

These are especially useful if the congregation is very large as they will help everyone to see the funeral.

You may choose to have a slideshow of photographs to commemorate the life of your loved one and which may be shown on the screens within the chapel.

The organ is at the back of the chapel and there is a comfortable waiting room that can be used for extra seating.

East Chapel

The smaller chapel is called the East Chapel and will seat approximately 40 people. There is a comfortable waiting room for extra seating if required. The organ is upstairs, on a dedicated balcony.

In both chapels we offer you an organist and the option to have almost any music that you wish at no extra cost through our audio system.  You may choose to purchase a DVD or CD recording, or a Webcast streamed on-line so that family and friends who couldn’t be there on the day of the funeral can still share the moment with you.


Hall of Remembrance

  • Books of Remembrance
  • Children’s Book of Remembrance
  • Bronzed Memorial Tree

Chapel of Meditation

  • Gift books

South Essex Crematorium Tea Room

  • Light meals
  • Sandwiches and homemade cakes
  • Drinks
  • Welcoming atmosphere

The café is a social enterprise which supports those with learning disabilities, enabling them to gain new skills and access a career in catering. Clients of the Work, Skills and Independence Group (WSIG) working in the café benefit from thorough training offsite initially and then gain valuable experience and support in the café.

Cafe opening times: 9:30am to 3:30pm daily, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Accessible facilities

  • Two separate toilets
  • Accessible parking in both carparks
  • Hearing loop in both chapels
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Minicom system

Get in touch

South Essex Crematorium
Ockendon Road
RM14 2UY
United Kingdom

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Phone number 01708 434433 Email cemeteries@havering.gov.uk

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