The Soka Funeral Service is a modernized and simplified version of a Buddhist Funeral, originating from Japan, where it strays away from the traditional and intricate customs that the religion entails. The funeral ceremony is organised to commemorate the deceased’s journey on Earth, while providing support for healing to the family of the deceased. Soka Gakkai believers follow the teachings of Buddha that accentuates the idea of reincarnation and enlightenment through exemplifying the “Eternal Guidelines of Faith”. The simplistic nature of the Soka religion tends to avoid the the complexities, hence, the Soka funeral ceremony has less activity and performs fewer elaborate rituals in contrast to the other variations of Buddhist funerals.
Soka Funeral Details
A Singapore Soka funeral service usually consists of a Sutra recital, led and chanted by a Soka Gakkai leader. As Soka Gakkai members believe that their faith in Buddha leads them to achieve enlightenment, they do not believe in the necessitation for a Buddhist priest to conduct the ceremony. The leader will lead the chanting and other Soka Gakkai members will follow in the process. The chanting of the Sutra is said to be more meaningful and sincere when led by a leader instead of a Priest. They also believe that the doing away with the elaborate rituals that are mandatory in a Buddhist funeral are helpful to the deceased in achieving Enlightenment and will benefit the deceased in moving on to the next phase of life.
Furthemore, the Soka Funeral ceremony emphasizes heavily on the usage of the deceased’s secular name instead of the Buddhist name. This is because Soka Gakkai members do not believe in the bestowing of kaimyo posthumous Buddhist name – predominantly considered to be a Buddhist tradition. Secular names are used throughout the funeral ceremony and on memorial tablets.
The Environment at a Soka Funeral
Attendees at a Soka funeral are expected to uphold the sombre and simplistic nature of the occasion. Prayers for the grieving are encouraged, as well as prayers for the deceased for Enlightenment after life on Earth. The funeral ceremony accentuates the idea of sharing a common feeling of loss and grief among those who are saddened by the loss of their loved one. This contrasts with the elaborate celebratory rituals and lively atmosphere of a Buddhist funeral.
Importance of a Funeral Director at a Soka Funeral
There is little information on the Internet of how a Soka funeral should be carried out and it is a relatively unfamiliar concept in Singapore as of today. The Soka Gakkai was not considered as its own separate entity apart from Buddhism before 1991. Then, it was still known as a lay Buddhist movement within the Nichiren Shōshū aspect of Buddhism. Also, the Soka Gakkai religion revolves around the importance and journey towards living a fulfilling life. Therefore, the Soka Gakkai funeral ceremonies avoid traditional rituals as it is not the focus of the occasion. Engaging a knowledgeable Singapore funeral director who is well informed of the style and process is necessary to ensure that the ceremony goes smoothly and accurately in line with the religion.
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 Soka funeral packages starting from only $4,000. 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.
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