Buddhist funeral services in Singapore are often centred around the belief of karma and rebirth. It is believed that our actions affect both the present and future as a soul survives death and is reborn into a new bod, depending on the deceased’s accumulated karma. Hence, a funeral conducted following proper Buddhist funeral rites and rituals, serves as the start of the reincarnation process for the deceased. At the same time, this funeral service acts as closure for family members and a reminder of life’s ephemerality.
State of the Afterlife
Many Singaporean Buddhist believe that a soul does not leave the deceased’s body immediately. Hence, a peaceful atmosphere should be maintained, during and after death, to allow smooth passage into the afterlife. The presence of an ordained Buddhist monk during the final stages of one’s life, to chant and provide assurance as well as a calming influence, is encouraged. Where that is not possible, the playing of chant recordings is helpful as well.
On the deceased passing, the body should also be allowed to rest for a few hours after death and should remain untouched throughout this period, to allow time for the soul to transit from the deceased body to the afterlife.
Funeral Service and Wake
A Buddhist funeral service can be held in a family home, funeral parlour or temple. However the deceased’s religious group should be consulted prior to any planning, due to variations in Buddhist belief.
A wake can last from 3-7 days and odd numbers are usually chosen to signal the “incompleteness of life and hope of reincarnation”. It is common for family members to keep vigil and watch over the body throughout the duration of the wake.
Cremation or Burial
While the faith does not dictate which ritual should be chosen, it is common for Buddhists to choose cremation as it is similar to that of Buddha himself. However, burials are also allowed. In both cases, a monk should be present to officiate such procedures, leading both prayer and chanting rituals.
First 100 Days Rituals
The first 100 days are essential, as prayers are to be conducted on the third, seventh forty-ninth and hundredth day after death. Prayers are to be conducted by an officiant, such as a monk, to ensure formality and decency.
Role of a Funeral Director
As Singapore modernises, traditions of old are lost and bereaved families are often in need of advice especially when it come to funeral matters. Hence, having an experienced undertaker, familiar with Buddhist funeral services, rites and rituals is often helpful.
Why Solace (安祥殡葬礼仪)?
The Tee Family has been in the funeral trade since 1965, helping bereaved Singapore families of all race and religion with all types of funeral arrangements. And with Solace, being helmed by our founder, Damien Tee (a third generation Tee family funeral director), you are assured of an experienced funeral services provider whenever you hire us. With us, you can expect a memorable and dignified farewell for your deceased loved one.
In addition, we are affordably priced, with our Buddhist funeral packages starting from only $5,200. More importantly, you do not have to worry about hidden charges, as all items included in our funeral packages are transparently listed.
At Solace (安祥殡葬礼仪), we understand your grief and know that this is a difficult time for you. Hence, all our staff have been trained to be extra sensitive and attentive to your every need throughout the wake and funeral proceedings. By leaving the funeral logistics to us, you can have peace of mind knowing that every minute detail will be taken care of, and that the end result is always a smooth running, stress-free and well arranged funeral.
Getting in Touch with Us
Our Funeral Services Consultants are available 24/7 to assist you. To reach us, simple call our helpline at +65 6631 8411 or email us with the contact form on this page. At Solace (安祥殡葬礼仪), help is always only a phone call away.
Our Funeral Services Helpline
+65 6631 8411
We are available 24/7 to take your call!