Funerals are a time to honour the life of someone. While these events can be sad, they’re also about celebrating the person’s life and memories. They can also be a celebration of love as friends and family come together to support one another in their grief. There is no right or wrong way to mourn a loved one, but there are some things you might not know that you might want to consider when planning your own funeral or attending someone else’s service. In this article, we will share 10 things you might not know about funerals.
A funeral is a ceremony to commemorate the life of someone who has died
Funeral services are usually arranged by a funeral director. A funeral home is a place where the body can be taken before and after the service. The body can remain there until it is buried or cremated.
If someone dies while on vacation abroad, they may be cremated according to local customs instead of brought back home for burial in order to avoid lengthy travel delays
If a Singapore citizen or permanent resident had died overseas, the next of kin should register the death and get a death certificate from the foreign authorities in the country where the person had died.
The deceased’s next of kin will then need to report the death to ICA Registry of Births and Deaths. The reporting can also be done by a proxy with a letter of authorization from the deceased’s family.
The word “funeral” is derived from the Latin word “funus”, meaning “a funeral procession”
Geoffrey Chaucer, often regarded as the father of the English language, is thought to have coined the term “funeral.” It first occurred in his Middle English novel The Knight’s Tale, when he mentions a ‘funeral servyse’ after a character dies. It was initially published in 1386, making it the earliest known written use of the word funeral.
The coffin is usually decorated with flowers or other plants that signify life and death
The funeral arrangement takes into consideration the wishes and lifestyles of the deceased. Some funeral homes offer pre-paid funeral arrangements, which are funeral plans that cover most or all of the funeral expenses before they happen. Pre-planning and pre-funding a funeral may save money for survivors, allowing them to pay the funeral home directly instead of buying prepaid funeral services from the government.
There are supports in Singapore for death-related counselling services for families who
lose their loved ones.
Funeral homes and hospitals with their chaplains are the first point of contact for families who need help. There are also many non-profit organisations that offer bereavement support to those affected by death. Some churches also provide support groups that meet in private spaces, where members can talk freely about death and its aftermath. For more information, you may refer to the link below to find out more about community bereavement service providers.
Link >> https://singaporehospice.org.sg/community-bereavement-service-providers/
The tradition of burning incense and paper money for the deceased at a funeral goes back to ancient China, where it was believed that they would need these items in the afterlife
For generations, Chinese mourners have been burning joss paper, sometimes known as “ghost money.” This is related to a Chinese folk belief that if you burn paper money and make sacrifices at your ancestors’ graves, the departed will receive them and have a happy and successful afterlife.
In Singapore, funerals are typically held as soon as possible after the death of the person
The funeral service may take place in a funeral parlour or the funeral home chapel.
It is important to note that the funeral is often called the wake in Singapore, although funeral attendees are not woken up from sleep but rather congregate to pay their last respects and express condolences on behalf of themselves and their families.
The funeral ceremony lasts for three days and nights – which symbolises “three lifetimes” (past, present and future). Family members view the body during this time. Many people believe that seeing the body is crucial to properly prepare for death, so they can mentally say goodbye to the deceased (and if possible) even bring closure to any rifts before his passing.
Singaporeans are typically cremated instead of buried
Because of Singapore’s limited geographical area, cremation is more popular than burial. Cremation also gives you more alternatives for where your loved one’s remains will be stored.
The body of the deceased will be dressed in their best clothes for viewing, often with jewellery, and may have makeup applied
Burial clothing has a lot of meaning in different cultures throughout the world. They’re either a means of assisting the individual’s transfer to the afterlife or simply a sign of respect. We all want our bodies to be treated with the utmost care, therefore this is a part of many families’ final goodbyes.
Furthermore, for those planning an open or closed casket funeral, the proper attire ensures that the body is attractive. Because we don’t all pass away in our favourite attire, the funeral director has the responsibility of making sure the body is well-presented in its final moments.
Family members may choose to burn their loved one’s favourite possessions with them as well
The funeral director will usually provide incense and paper money for burning in front of the coffin
A Buddhist funeral service is typically held at funeral parlours or funeral halls, where a funeral altar holding an image of the deceased will be set up
Divine Casket Singapore was established in 2004 by the late Silvester, one of the first few embalmers in Singapore. Through his dedication to the craft of embalming, he sought to provide the best for the deceased, emphasizing respect for those who have passed and remembering those who have been left behind. His craftsmanship has earned much praise and compliment throughout the 1990s from grateful clients.
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