Buddhist Funeral services Singapore<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">6</span> min read</span>

Buddhist Funeral services Singapore6 min read

We will do whatever we can to ensure that you will go through your Buddhist Funeral services Singapore package sharing your sorrows with God and the people around you. Lessening your grief by providing a journey that is both meaningful and helpful to you and your family in times like these.

We carefully select and curate our Buddhist Funeral services singapore package to include:

  • Assistance in Death Certificate Reporting & Transfer service
  • Coffin (Cremateable)
  • Embalming & Make-up services
  • Services Team for Funeral Procession (1 Team)
  • Toyota Hearse Rental (1 Trip)
  • Carpet Tiles & Curtains for Casket Area
  • 1 Set of Buddhist Front Arch
  • 3 Buddha Statues
  • Monk Procession Services
  • Fruits & Vegetarian Food Offerings
  • Photo Enlargement and Framing
  • Floral Photo Wreath
  • Altar Flowers
  • Buddha Flowers
  • Lotus Blanket
  • Sutra Blanket
  • Setup and rental of Tentage
  • U Shape Tentage & 1 Canvas Set, 3 Canvas Pieces
  • 10 Round Tables + 100 Chairs
  • 15 Square Tables
  • 6 Fans
  • Wiring and Lighting Services and Rental
  • Mandai Cremation (Location changes subjected to Extra charges)
  • Rental of 40 seater Coach

Items are customisable based on specific requirements of our clients for our Buddhist funeral services Singapore package.

Grief from a Buddhist perspective

“The sorrow of great and small losses is a river that runs in the underground of all of our lives. When it breaks to the surface, we might feel as though only “I” know this pain.

Yet grief is a universal experience, touching caregivers, dying people and, if we look deeply, all of us.

When grief overwhelms us, we are anticipating the loss of our own life or living with the loss of another as we pass through the dark realms of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space. We can be plunged into numbness with the very life squeezed out of us as we drown in the cold and churning waters of sorrow. Everyone can inhabit the hot exhausting dullness of mind and heart of a world without meaning. Thus we resent the shallow and defensive reassurances that “this too will pass” or that “there is no death.”

Grieving is a landscape that is so varied

Grieving is a landscape that is so varied and vast that it can only be discovered through our own most intimate experience. It touches the one who is dying, those around a dying person, and those who survive. No one escapes her touch nor in the end should we as the river of grief might pulse deep inside us, hidden from our view as its presence informs our lives at every turn. It can drive us into the numbing habits of escape from suffering or bring us face to face with our own humanity. This is the very heart of Buddhism.

When the 18th century Japanese Haiku master Issa lost his baby daughter, he wrote:

“The dewdrop world
is the dewdrop world
and yet – and yet.”
Issa has not yet been released by the anguish of grief. But the hand is beginning to open.
And like the transiency of his precious daughter’s life, we hope his grief also passed.
The Zen nun Rengetsu expresses the poignancy of loss and impermanence in this way:

“The impermanence of this floating world
I feel over and over
It is hardest to be the one left behind.”
Grief can ruin or mature us. Like the mother who bathed her dead baby in her breast milk, grief can remind us not to hold on too tightly as she teaches us tenderness and patience with our own suffering.

An old woman once told me that wisdom and compassion are not given to us; they can only be discovered. The experience of discovery means letting go of what we know. When we move through the terrible transformation of the elements of loss and grief, we may discover the truth of the impermanence of everything in our life, and of course, of this very life itself. This is one of the most profound discoveries to be made as we engage in Buddhist practice. In this way, grief and sorrow may teach us gratitude for what we have been given, even the gift of suffering. From her we learn to swim in the stream of universal sorrow. And in that stream, we may even find joy. For this Buddhist, this is the essence of a liberatory practice.”

*Adapted from “Being with Dying” by Joan Halifax Roshi”

 

How are Buddhist Funerals carried out in Singapore?

Buddhist Funeral services Singapore packages are what majority of our clientele opt for. Ranging from 2 to 3 days, to a week long funeral – Buddhist funeral services Singapore packages have a varied duration depending on the family’s budget and preference.

It is however, common for most Singaporean Buddhists to hire a Chinese Monk specialised in chanting sutras. Relatives are almost always required to participate in the chanting and adhere to a wide array of traditions, which we will discuss deeply below:

Location

It is a global Buddhist tradition for wakes to be held at the home of the deceased. Therefore, all of our clients opt for HDB tentages or custom setups at their properties. However, often times – there are exceptions to this rule as we have observed in several Buddhist funeral services Singapore packages.

HDB spaces often require permits and a whole host of administrative matters a grieving family should not deal with. We therefore encourage you to approach Undertakers directly in organising Buddhist funeral services Singapore packages.

Traditions

The philosophy behind Buddhist funeral services Singapore is deep and often complex due to the wide variety of sects. However, it is agreed that Buddhist funerals are meant to prepare a soul for it’s next cycle of reincarnation.

Interestingly, with influence from Chinese folk religions – it is apparent that Buddhist funeral services Singapore packages are unique from other cultures. Instead of direct judgement from God, souls are sent to hell for ‘punishments’ given out by a pantheon of demigods. Afterwards, the soul is then sent for reincarnation.

Therefore, one can see an interesting mix of philosophies and traditions, as it is expected for the grieving family to prepare ‘hell’ notes, ‘hell’ cars and houses.

Adopting from old cultural traditions, family members are required to stay with the deceased’s body until the cremation or burial of the body. It is necessary for all family members to participate in rituals and mantra sessions as well.

Attire

Relatives are to dress in white tops and long black bottoms during Buddhist funeral services Singapore processions. Guests may wear anything so as long as the colors worn are not flashy or red.

It is also necessary for relatives to wear “tags” by the side of their arms to signify their relationship to the deceased.

Burial

In Singapore, it is most common for Families to opt for cremation. Therefore, aside from coffins used during the cremation process – urns must also be selected by Family members during the funeral planning process.

The place of burial is also important as there are three columbarium in Singapore – Mandai, Choa Chu Kang and Yishun. Therefore, it is also important for Families to decide which columbarium is most convenient to them.

Catering

Food is often prepared by a team of chefs on-site. Traditional chinese food is served to guests and relatives, however special requests can be made. Catering options are also available for families interested in a more affordable alternative.

 

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