Monday, November 14, 2016

Healing and The Holidays at White Haven Memorial Park

Many of our best memories in life are spending time with family and friends during the holidays.  While we look forward to another holiday season full of joy and celebration, we also miss loved ones we have lost and want to take time to remember them.
We understand that this time of year can be especially hard if you have experienced a loss, and we want to support you in your healing and the honoring of your friend or family member.    Our staff at White Haven Memorial Park is here to offer our comfort and invite you to share your memories with us.  Connecting with others through stories about your loved one is an instrumental component to the healing process.
Healing and the Holidays
White Haven Memorial Park also provides you with free printed resources to address your specific needs while grieving.  Every individual’s grieving process is different, so it is vital to equip yourself with the resources most suited to your situation.  We welcome you to come by and select some reading material that will be most beneficial to your healing.  
The holiday season is a good time to establish new traditions to honor your loved one.  We suggest visiting the cemetery and burial site to spend some time in reflection and remembrance.  It is helpful to demonstrate that your loved one has not been forgotten, and many people find the cemetery offers a quiet sense of peace while mourning that is difficult to obtain elsewhere.  
Honoring the life of the deceased through loving thoughts and actions helps you along your journey after loss because it affirms the relationship you cherished.  Some special ways you can honor your loved one during the holidays at White Haven Memorial Park include; placing a wreath on the grave, dedicating holiday flower arrangements in the mausoleum, or ordering a holiday arrangement for the vase on the niche or crypt.  Please feel free to contact us for assistance or other suggestions at (585)-586-5250.  
We also encourage you to find healing in your celebration of the unique life of your loved one and the incredible memories you made together.  You are invited to our Holiday Remembrance Service on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in the All Seasons Chapel, featuring music, poetry and names and photos of the loved ones that have been given to us in advance.
For further information on any of these healing opportunities, please visit our website at or call us at (585)-586-5250.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Saying Goodbye To Your Pet

Thanks to their amazing ability to give us totally unconditional love, many of us develop very special relationships with our pets. It is no surprise, then, that after losing a pet we sometimes face the same symptoms of grief we face in the loss of a human family member. The decision on what to do with the remains of a pet can help with this grieving process, just as it does with our human losses. Thanks to some recent legislation in New York State, there will soon be some new options to help you say goodbye to your beloved pet.

A new law just signed by Gov. Cuomo will give White Haven Memorial Park  permission to bury the cremated remains of pets with their human family members.  It will take a few months to work out all of the details and have our products and procedures approved by our regulators, but you can now rest assured that White Haven Memorial Park will soon be able to bury your pets’ cremated remains with you in a variety of burial options, both in ground and above ground.  If you would like to be notified as soon as these options become available, please call our office at 585-586-5250 and ask to have your name place on our Pet Burial List.

Saying Goodbye to your PetIn addition to our pet-friendly burial cremation options, White Haven also participates in a number of other pet inspired activities. Take a look:

Blessing of the Pets
On October 2nd, White Haven hosted our second annual Blessing of the Pets ceremony outside of the All Seasons Chapel. Reverend Nanci DeLeo provided individual blessings for a variety of pets including dogs, cats, hamsters, birds and fish. Guests and their pets were welcome to explore our hiking trails before and after the blessing. Please plan now to join us next year!

Pet Memorial Area
White Haven Memorial Park has a pet memorial area with a bridge crossing a “stream” of rocks. Individual rocks may be engraved with your pet’s name for a tax deductible donation to our Memorial Gift Fund. Additionally, our pet-friendly hiking trails are the perfect fall spot for people to take a walk with their four-legged friends and enjoy the changing leaves.
Pet Memorial

Serving the Rochester, New York area since 1929, White Haven Memorial Park offers a wide selection of burial options. We are delighted to now include the burial of cremated pets among those options. There is no better way to celebrate the life of your pets than with a permanent memorial in our Park, with its beautiful and Audubon certified forest and grounds. Visit our website or call 585-586-5250 for more information.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

White Haven Rocks!

No, not like in rock ‘n roll.  REAL rocks!
About twelve years ago we got the idea to offer people a burial place that rivaled the kind of place they might go to scatter a loved one’s cremated remains.  Places like the Adirondack Mountains where they used to go camping, or wooded areas around the Finger Lakes where they used to go hiking, fishing or swimming.  Many people told us they would rather remember their loved ones in places where they made so many happy memories together.
The problem with that idea is that those places can be hard to get to on a regular basis; the ownership of the land and accessibility to the location may change over time; and not everyone who wants to remember the person can remember exactly where the person’s remains are located.  So, we created the Nature Trail for Cremation Burials in a beautiful forest located within White Haven Memorial Park. 
white haven rocks
We chose natural rocks to mark the gravesites so that the grave markers would blend right in with the natural surroundings.  Now, people could enjoy a walk in the woods right close to home and they could remember their loved one in a setting that felt more like a weekend getaway place than a suburban cemetery.  And their loved one’s memorial was there for all to see in the form of a unique, natural rock with a small, bronze plaque.
So many people liked this concept that the Nature Trail soon became our most popular burial option.  Not everyone intended to be cremated, however, and there was no room for caskets to be buried along the Nature Trail.  So we created another new burial option called Rock Lawn.  This option offers lawn burial for caskets as well as cremated remains and also offers the option to mark the grave with a natural rock and a small bronze plaque.  Now, whether people want to be cremated or not, they can choose a burial spot at either of our cemeteries that is marked by a one-of-a-kind natural rock.
Now our only challenge is to keep enough rocks on hand!  To do this, we work with several different suppliers who are all looking for a nice selection of rocks for us in the sizes and colors we need.  Once one vendor’s supply is exhausted, we call the next one! When the rocks arrive at White Haven, we sort them by size and then carve out a space on each rock where the bronze plaque will be located.  Then the rocks are ready to go on display where people can pick their very own special rock to mark their future gravesite.
Now when we say “White Haven Rocks” you know just what we mean!   

Monday, August 22, 2016

White Haven’s Canandaigua Lakeview Cemetery

Did you know that White Haven Memorial Park operates a small, rural cemetery overlooking beautiful Canandaigua Lake? Canandaigua Lakeview Cemetery is a quiet, rural retreat with sweeping views of the lake.  It is truly a “chosen spot” that you and future generations of your family will want to visit again and again over the years to come.

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Canandaigua area, so we invite you to take a drive down the east side of Canandaigua Lake for a visit.  Take Route 364 south from Routes 5 & 20 on the east side of town.  You’ll pass two public beaches along the way where you may also wish to stop to enjoy the lake.  Turn right on Rt. 11 and go past Pelican Point Marina and the LeTourneau Christian Camp, then turn left on Jones Road and go up the hill until you find two brick pillars that mark the entrance to the cemetery. While at the cemetery, there are plenty of benches where you can sit and enjoy the magnificent view. For a little exercise you can take a stroll along our nature trail in the shaded forest.

canandaigua lakeview cemetery
At Canandaigua Lakeview Cemetery, you’ll find burial sites for either a casket or an urn or for a combination of the two. There are no rows of monuments here; just planting beds filled with ornamental grasses, flowers and smaller shrubs and blooming trees.  All of the graves are marked with permanent, bronze plaques, either flush to the ground or raised on one of the naturals rocks that dot the landscape.  We have options at a variety of price points and convenient, monthly payment plans that can be tailored to fit your budget.

Whether at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford or at Canandaigua Lakeview Cemetery in Gorham, we are dedicated to providing unique cemetery experiences that celebrate the variety and constancy of nature, season after season and year after year.  We hope that you will come and explore both of our cemeteries soon.

If you would like to learn more about White Haven Memorial Park or Canandaigua Lakeview Cemetery, please visit our website or call 585-586-5250.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Beauty Abounds at White Haven Memorial Park

At White Haven Memorial Park our goal is not only to provide a beautiful, tranquil and respectful sanctuary for your loved one’s final resting place, we strive to make it a location for healing and happiness where families, friends and the community can come and enjoy the natural beauty of Pittsford, New York.

Come see our flowers and trees
Visitors of White Haven are able to peruse the grounds, enjoying beautifully manicured gardens with nearly 15,000 annuals grown in our very own greenhouse. The flowers include a colorful and bold mix of zinnias, marigolds, celosia, salvias, geraniums, dahlias and cannas. The park also boasts over 100 species of trees, with the largest being a red oak in the center of the grounds. Other tree species include:

  • Shagbark hickory
  • Nootka cypress
  • Kentucky coffeetree
  • Katsura tree
  • Japanese snowbell
  • Tupelo
  • Yellowwood
  • American fringetree
  • Goldenchain tree
  • Paperbark maple
  • Copper Beech

White Haven is a fully certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program with a Level 1 Arboretum Certification from the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program.  This means we are committed to managing our park with natural settings, wildlife and most importantly, environmental impact in mind.    

Everyone is Welcome
So much more than a memorial park, White Haven has over 170 acres that are open to walkers, runners, bicyclists and even dogs (on leashes and picked up after).  Geocachers are also welcome to enjoy the grounds. The park contains a Nature Trail with several waterfalls, a forest recreation area that welcomes pets and a variety of other natural settings perfect for leisurely strolls. 

White Haven Memorial Park is a place for visitors to come and remember a loved one’s legacy and find solitude in nature. We are honored to share it with anyone who comes to enjoy our beautiful grounds.  We invite you to come here BEFORE a time of need to create happy memories that will comfort you in a more difficult time. For all of these reasons, please come and see all the beauty that abounds at White Haven Memorial Park.

Impressive Horticulture, Progressive Vision: White Haven Memorial Park
by Megan Frank (July 10, 2016)
Upstate Gardens Journal

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Where Do All The Flowers Come From?

At White Haven Memorial Park, we are much more than a traditional cemetery.  There are no tombstones to interrupt the beauty of nature, only a green sanctuary for wildlife to thrive.  If you have visited White Haven recently, you’ve likely noticed the beautiful flowers thriving across our grounds.  This is thanks to the hard work of our employees and a fully functional greenhouse.

White Haven Memorial ParkWhite Haven’s on-site greenhouse grows close to 15,000 annuals each year!  The process starts in the fall with the selection of seeds for next year’s crop.  White Haven’s Gardener and Director of Horticulture collectively choose an assortment of flowers that provide color and are easy to grow, such as zinnias, marigolds, geraniums and dahlias.

In February, propane heat is turned on in the greenhouse and the planting process begins.  Staff members enjoy the change in temperature when they come in from their work outside in the snow and blustering winds.  As the seedlings begin to sprout, some of the weaker ones need to be removed to help the others reach their full potential.  It is a tedious job, but the reward is worth it as spring approaches and the blooms begin to form.  

In late May, the flowerbeds throughout White Haven are turned over and enriched with compost.  As soon at the weather permits, thousands of plants are carefully planted in precise patterns throughout the Park.  Eventually, brilliantly colored plants brighten every corner of the Park and provide a warm welcome to all who come visit their loved ones or just want to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.

Amazingly, all this work is done by just a handful of very committed staff members, who also perform interments, shovel snow and maintain the rest of the Park and all of its buildings.  The next time you see one of our employees out on the grounds, please say thank you to the for helping to make White Haven such a beautiful place to remember.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Honoring Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Here in the United States we are blessed to have so many freedoms.  But often we forget that the freedom we enjoy also came with a huge price – the lives of countless men and women who died in the line of duty to protect our rights.  At White Haven Memorial Park, we never want to forget or take for granted these freedoms or the sacrifices that were made on our behalf.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce that our memorial park, located in Rochester, has been chosen to be the official site of the Gold Star Families Memorial in New York State.  In addition to being another way to honor these fallen men and women, this stunning memorial of polished black granite was designed specifically to recognize the families who now live on without them.  It is to be a quiet place of solace and reflection for families, friends and anyone who has lost a loved one in service to our nation. The monument will be a fitting addition to our Park, which already has three large burial areas dedicated to all who have served.  It will be located just across the road from our other major veterans memorial in honor of those who served in the Korean War.

At White Haven, we know that families of service members also serve as they wait and worry while their loved ones bravely serve our country.  They also sacrifice when that loved one is lost and their home is left with a permanent void.  We want to pay tribute to these families and thank them for the many sacrifices they also have made so their loved ones could protect our freedom.

Please join us on Friday June 10, 2016 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. as we dedicate New York’s Gold Star Families Memorial. In addition to honoring our fallen service members and their families during this special ceremony we will welcome three Medal of Honor recipients, including Herschel Williams, and be joined by various officials from Rochester and the surrounding areas.  If you can’t join us for the ceremony, please plan to visit soon to see this stunning memorial.  Just follow the signs from the main entrance.  Feel free to contact us for more information. 

Memorial Day