South Essex Crematorium

Set amidst award winning grounds our caring and professional staff are ready to help you celebrate the life of your loved one at the funeral service and beyond.

Virtual Tour

Chapel Options

Following a risk assessment, hymn books and service books are not currently available and congregational singing is not permitted. Additional requests regarding soloists or instrumentalists will be risk assessed on an individual basis remaining mindful of the local COVID-19 case rate.

South Chapel East Chapel
Capacity 120 inc. balcony
90 downstairs only
Duration and type of service:
40 minutes
Unattended early morning
Organ available (Please ask your funeral director about arranging an organist) Organ at rear Organ in a balcony
Audio Visuals facilities:
Choice of any published music tracks
Audio recording of service
Audio visual recording
Webcast streamed online
Visual Tribute (slideshow of photos to a backing of your choice of music) -
Outside speakers
TV Screens at front of chapel (For Visual Tributes) -
TV Screen in foyer (to view the celebrant and coffin, not Visual Tributes) -
TV Screen outside the entrance (to view the celebrant and coffin, not Visual Tributes) -
Oak donation box available with dedication to the deceased
Oak easel available for display
Dedicated floral stand on flower terrace/lawn
Hearing Loop System
Wheelchair (available on request)
Ramp (available on request)

Distinctive and Personal

The light and airy South Chapel features a glass balcony allowing a large congregation to feel included in the service. You can ensure that your loved one’s service is unique by designing a Visual Tribute using photos and meaningful music.

The more intimate East Chapel, features a decorative glass panel designed and produced by a local craftsperson.

If you wish to decorate either chapel or one of our wooden easels please contact us so that we can arrange a time for you to do this.

You are welcome to arrange:

  •  bubble machines outside the exit doors to either chapel
  •  the release of doves or butterflies 
  •  jazz band; bagpiper; tribute act; soloist
  •  a tribute by friends and members of clubs including bikes; classic cars; morris dancers and uniformed services

We ask families to ensure that any tribute is sensitive and considerate of mourners using other chapels, as well as visitors to the Gardens of Remembrance.  Please let us know in advance so that we can ensure we are ready to help you and please be aware that we may have to refuse requests that impact other service users.

Following the service you will find a dedicated stand on one of our flower terraces for floral tributes to your loved one. These tributes will stay in our grounds for approximately three days unless they are collected by you.

If you prefer to collect donations for a favourite charity you can use our oak donation box and your funeral director can collect any donations at the end of the service on your behalf.

The forms your funeral director or you (if you are organising a funeral yourself) will need, to arrange a cremation can be downloaded below..

Downloads / Other useful documents:

Adult Cremation Fees 2021

Children's Cremation and Burial Fees

Removal of Christmas Tributes from Baby Beds

Removal of Christmas tributes from Gardens of Remembrance

Christmas Tributes - Items

South Essex Crematorium Notice of Cremation

Application for Cremation Form 1

SEC Medical Certificate Cremation Form 4

SEC Confirmatory Medical Certificate Cremation Form 5

Music Request Form South Essex Crematorium