South Essex Crematorium
The loss of a loved one may be expected, or could be sudden, but it is always hard to accept. Every day at Havering’s Bereavement Services, we meet people who face this loss in their own private way. We understand the trust placed in us by our community and the bereaved and we are here to provide a service that is sympathetic and supportive.
If you have just been bereaved the first thing you will need to do is to register the death. If the death took place in Havering, registration is by appointment only.
You can make an appointment at
South Essex Crematorium
At South Essex Crematorium, the well-tended gardens have been a source of comfort to the bereaved for many years. The peaceful surroundings and tasteful architecture provide a welcoming atmosphere. Based at the crematorium we care for and operate the London Borough of Havering's four cemeteries.
Winter Opening Times
The Gardens of Remembrance and London Borough of Havering Cemeteries are open every day of the year. During our winter opening times, the gates are open from 9am - 4pm. Last entry for cars will be 3.45pm. The exit gates in the crematorium will be opened for mourners leaving funerals after 4pm.
Our next Memorial Service will be taking place at St Edward the Confessor, Romford Market Place on Sunday 25 February 2024 at 3pm. Doors open from 2.30pm and tickets are not required.
The service is led by one of the ministers belonging to the Romford Town Centre fraternal. On arrival you will be offered a candle and during the service there is an Act of Remembrance when those who wish to, may come to the front of the church and light a candle in remembrance of a loved one. We are sometimes asked whether we read out the names of those cremated or buried within the borough in the preceding months. Sadly, since this could be around 1600 names, time does not permit.
All ages are welcome and extra candles are always available. There is wheelchair access and individual chairs can be removed to allow wheelchair users to select where they would like to be seated.
You may be unsure whether you want your loved one to be cremated or buried.
You may have questions.
What exactly happens?
What will you receive after the cremation and will there be somewhere special you can lay ashes to rest and visit?
Our professional and compassionate cemetery staff provide a caring service from the moment you meet them to choose a grave. The team often get to know families well and the consideration they offer extends far beyond the burial.
We offer three different types of graves for a full-body burial, each with a 50 year lease period.
Whether you are arranging a funeral or planning for the future, we can help you.
Memorial services help us give testimony to the life of the deceased and are a meaningful way to express our feelings about the loss of a loved one. Memorial services can be held in a place of worship, at one of our chapels or at a location that is meaningful to you and your family.
We recognise that each funeral is individual. Some families choose to have live music or a piper accompany the funeral to the chapel, or choose to release doves or balloons. Others may just want a quiet funeral with no music at all.
We can accommodate any of your wishes, as long as they are in keeping with the sensitive nature of our service. Please contact us or ask your funeral director for more information.