Memorial Services
at White Haven Memorial Park

When a loved one passes, it can understandably be a very stressful and emotional time. White Haven Memorial Park has been proudly serving the Rochester community for over 85 years and has everything you need to host a meaningful tribute to your loved one right here at our cemetery. Our staff is committed to providing every family with the service they need to honor their deceased family member with the highest level of care and respect.

With our rich history in the community, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the personalized funeral service they need regardless of their faith or culture. We offer a variety of settings and can even host a catered reception for your guests after the ceremony. Take a look through our memorial service options:

Beautiful Settings

Exterior view of the chapel at White Haven Memorial Park

First you will need to choose the perfect setting for the celebration of your loved one's life. We have four great options:

  • All Season’s Chapel: A formal setting for larger groups.
  • Creation Chapel: A formal setting for smaller groups.
  • All Seasons Gathering Room: An informal setting with food service available. Conduct your whole service here or use either chapel for the service and then gather here afterward with family and friends.
  • Adjacent Patio: In good weather, your guests are welcome to gather on the adjacent patio area as well.

Certified Celebrants

What are Certified Celebrants?
Certified Celebrants are people who are specially trained by the In-Sight Institute to plan and conduct uniquely meaningful and memorable memorial services.

What does a Certified Celebrant offer?

  • A Celebrant offers an alternative to a service provided by a clergy person for those families who are not affiliated with a church or who do not wish to have a traditional funeral service.
  • A Celebrant has been specifically trained to design a service that is completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs and experiences that defined the loved one.
  • A Celebrant will schedule a special Family Time for the family to share memories, anecdotes and special moments in the loved one’s life. The essence of the service will be based upon the remembrances of the family.
  • A Celebrant has a library of resources available for readings, music, ceremonies and personal touches. The Celebrant will consult with the family to help design a service that best reflects and memorializes the life of their loved one.
  • A Celebrant is bound by a Code of Ethics for complete confidentiality in all dealings with the family.

What does a Certified Celebrant cost?
White Haven charges $100 to provide one of our on-staff Certified Celebrants to plan and conduct your service. Since the Celebrant will spend approximately 10 hours in preparation for a service, it is customary for the family to present the Celebrant with an honorarium for their services as well. The total cost is usually comparable to the fee that would be charged by a member of the clergy.

Who are White Haven’s Celebrants?
White Haven’s Celebrants are Nanci DeLeo and Donna Miller. For more information or to plan a service with a White Haven Celebrant, click here to contact Chapel Director, Donna Miller.

Fully Equipped Facilities

A gathering room at White Haven Memorial Park

White Haven’s chapels and gathering room are all heated and air conditioned and fully equipped with audio-video equipment. They also have rest rooms available and are fully accessible to those with disabilities.

During your service or gathering you are welcome to use any of the following items or services at no additional charge:

  • Altar for presentation of urn, candles, photos, etc.
  • Memory Board on easel for display of photos or memorabilia
  • Piano
  • DVD or CD player for video tributes or special music
  • Wheelchair
  • Audio Loop for hearing impaired
  • Banquet tables for presentation of catered meal
  • Extra folding chairs if needed

For more information or to schedule an event, click here to contact Chapel Director, Donna Miller.

Catered Receptions

At White Haven Memorial Park, you can even host a catered reception for up to 75 people before or after your service. It is a convenient way to greet your family and friends!

We have three licensed and specially trained caterers ready to assist you, even on very short notice. For a printable information sheet on catered receptions, click here. For printable menus from our three caterers, click below:

For more information about Catered Receptions, click here to contact Chapel Director, Donna Miller.

Butterfly Releases

A monarch butterfly in a wildflower field at White Haven Memorial Park

Butterfly Releases are performed at White Haven by Nanci DeLeo, who was certified by the Association for Butterflies as a Butterfly Release Professional in December of 2010. During the warmer months she offers the healing experience of beautiful, live butterfly releases at White Haven Memorial Park, incorporating them into memorial services or other celebrations. The releases utilize the butterfly’s transformational stages through life, and their live release in flight to symbolize the similar journey of a loved one’s soul through this world and on to whatever one believes is next.

For more information about butterfly releases, please call our office at 585-586-5250 today!

In the News – to read a newspaper article about butterfly release program, click here.

Other Celebrations

Your family may desire to celebrate other special occasions at White Haven Memorial Park as well. Having your wedding or your wedding photo session at White Haven, for example, is a wonderful way to include family members who would otherwise be greatly missed on this special day. We can also help you plan a gathering to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or unveiling ceremony on a special date or whenever other family members happen to be in town. For further information, click here to email our Chapel Director, Donna Miller.

White Haven Memorial Park is a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the New York State Association of Cemeteries, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, and the Green Burial Council.