As it is a progression of one’s life to go through Death, we design our Taoist Funeral services Singapore package to honor that progression, and to also commemorate the memories and love felt during their time alive.
We therefore carefully select and curate our Taoist Funeral services Singapore package to include:
- Assistance in Death Certificate Reporting & Transfer service
- Coffin (Crematable)
- Services Team for Funeral Procession (1 Team)
- Toyota Hearse Rental (1 Trip)
- 1 Set of Taoist Front Arch (一幅三门四桩)
- Taoist Priest Services
- Fruits & Vegetarian Food Offerings
- Large Lanterns (2 Pairs)
- Golden Boys and Jade Maidens
- 6 Foot Paper House
- Metal Cage for Paper House
- Photo Enlargement and Framing
- Floral Photo Wreath
- Altar Flowers
- 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 Taoist funeral services Singapore package.
Grief from a Taoist perspective
“Zhuangzi’s wife died. When Huizi went to convey his condolences, he found Zhuangzi sitting with his legs sprawled out, pounding on a tub and singing. ‘You lived with her, she brought up your children and grew old,’ said Huizi. ‘It should be enough simply not to weep at her death. But pounding on a tub and singing – this is going too far, isn’t it?’
Zhuangzi said, ‘You’re wrong. When she first died, do you think I didn’t grieve like anyone else? But I looked back to her beginning and the time before she was born. Not only the time before she was born, but the time before she had a body. Not only the time before she had a body, but the time before she had a spirit. In the midst of the jumble of wonder and mystery a change took place and she had a spirit. Another change and she had a body. Another change and she was born. Now there’s been another change and she’s dead. It’s just like the progression of the four seasons, spring, summer, fall, winter.
Now she’s going to lie down peacefully in a vast room. If I were to follow after her bawling and sobbing, it would show that I don’t understand anything about fate. So I stopped.'”
*Adapted from Zhuangzhi Chapter 18*
How are Taoist Funerals carried out in Singapore?
Taoist Funeral services Singapore are usually incorporated with Buddhist funerals due to the dualistic religious views many Chinese Singaporeans have. However, there is either a particular bias towards Taoism or Buddhism in these funerals depending on the Family’s preference.
It is important to note that Taoist funeral services Singapore packages are the most expensive funeral package for many funeral homes due to the intricate rites and ceremonies involved. It is thus common to see Taoist funerals lasting for nearly a week. Below, we explore such traditions further:
There are many interesting traditions relatives and guests need to adhere to when attending Taoist funeral services Singapore ceremonies:
If you notice, nearly everything – from fruits, duration of funeral to money donated are in odd numbers. That is because it is considered bad to have even numbers at a Taoist Funeral as it would imply “Double happiness”.
As you would have read earlier, it is common for funeral attendees to donate money to the grieving family. However, it is important to not give a figure ending with a “9”, as it would suggest “long-lastinging”-ness.
It is also common for the grieving family to prepare joss paper or purchase paper houses for their loved ones. This is to prepare them for the afterlife.
However, most importantly – relatives cannot celebrate Chinese New Year for Three years after the funeral. Neither can they trim their hairs for 49 Days after the funeral.
Relatives are to dress in white tops and long black bottoms during Taoist 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.
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.
Food is often prepared by a team of chefs on-site. Traditional chinese food is served to guests and relatives, and sometimes prepared for rites and ceremonies.