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The funeral etiquette every mourner should know

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Singapore’s name ranks among nations that are culturally and religiously diverse. People belonging to different religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam live here. So, they all follow their religious and cultural practices.  The same applies when there is a death. The deceased family follows their own customary system, but as it’s a multiracial country, others attending the funerals sometimes may do something that can offend the deceased family members.

Therefore, here we have prepared a list of the most common funeral etiquettes that you can go along with while living in Singapore.

Dress Selection

Concerning what to and not to wear at a funeral, follow the rule of keeping it simple and neutral. Funerals are not a place to make yourself shine and stand out among others, so avoid wearing jewellery and other accessories that accentuate you. It’s more about paying respect to the deceased and including yourself in the grief of their families.

If you don’t know what religion someone belonged to, simply wear a neutral colour dress that doesn’t stand out at all. To equip you with an idea of what could be a good choice for you to wear at different religious funerals, here is a quick dress guide:

  •  Hindu funerals – Go for white as they consider white as a colour of mourning.
  • Jewish funerals – Prefer black but other dark colours are also acceptable.
  • Muslim funerals – There isn’t any colour restriction. Just don’t wear something flashy, and it’s important to dress modestly.
  • Catholic Funerals – Wear black; if you can’t, then wear the darkest clothes you have.
  • Buddhist funerals – You can wear white and black, but some Buddhists only wear black such as Japanese and Korean.

Peek Or Not To Peek At The Deceased

When you go to a funeral, you will know whether you are allowed to peek or not as you can follow what others are doing or guess from open or closed casket funerals. Some traditions only allow close family members to look at the deceased, while in others, it is customary that you peek at the deceased while paying respects.  When in doubt, ask the host or other people around politely.

Pay Respect To The Deceased

Each religion has its own way of paying respect to the departed. For example:

  • Incense is often burnt and presented during Chinese funerals. Christian and Catholic funerals may also urge guests to sing hymns.
  • Chanting and setting the deceased body on fire is practised in Hindu funerals.
  • Muslim funerals don’t have anything customary for women and kids, but Muslim men do say a prayer for the deceased, which isn’t expected by non-Muslims to perform.
  • In Buddhist funerals, mourners are expected to pay their respects with a modest bow and their hands folded in front like in a prayer stance.

When attending a funeral, you should also offer your condolences to the deceased family during the visit. If you could talk about some positive qualities of the deceased, it would bring consolation to the family.

Bereavement Money

You may see a counter set up in Singapore funeral parlours as giving a sum to the bereaved family is considered a mark of your devotion to the deceased. The amount you pay is entirely up to you. It also relies on your relationship with the dead or their family. Depending on the deceased’s religion, it may be customary or not, but if you see others doing it, you must do it.

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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