Chinese Funeral Services

The most common forms of Chinese funeral Services in Singapore are Buddhist and Taoist funerals. But even then, these can further vary, depending on the deceased age, dialect group and even marital and social status. Confucius teachings on filial piety continue to play a part in influencing much of Chinese funeral traditions here, with many Chinese considering it their duty, as children, to stage a proper funeral for their deceased parents.

Typical Order of Chinese Funeral Services

Before Death

In the final hours just before death, family members will take turns to watch over the dying, alerting everyone the moment his condition turns for the worst. All family members will then gather around the death bed, to accompany the dying till his last breath as an act of support and filial piety.

Preparation of the Body

Thereafter on death, it is customary for the eldest son to ritually clean the deceased body before the undertakers arrive. Pomegranate flower scented water is usually used in this ritual which is believed to aid the deceased in crossing over to heaven. While the more traditional Chinese families still practice this ritual, most families these days leave the cleansing ritual to the funeral services provider who will also dress the deceased in his favourite outfit.

Another common practice is to place a grain of rice in the deceased person’s mouth plus coins in the left hand. The rice is to ensure the deceased is never hungry in the afterlife while the coin can be used to bribe corrupt officials in the neither world.


After cleansing and dressing, the coffining ritual takes place where a mirror (to show the way) and bag of rice (to ensure the deceased is never hungry) together with paper money, joss stick and some personal effects are placed in the coffin.

Chinese Funeral Wake

These days, Singapore Chinese Funerals typically last 3 to 5 days. However, from time to time, we will have families requesting for a 7-day funeral wake. The wake is where relatives and friends come to pay their last respect and offer words of condolences to the bereaved.

Mahjong sessions are a common sight in Chinese funerals as they help those keeping night long vigils awake.

Ordained Taoist priests or Buddhist monks, depending of the deceased person’s religion, will be at hand on the last evening of the wake to lead the chanting.

Procession and Burial

After the wake, the coffin is placed in a hearse and a funeral procession will follow. Family and friends will follow the hearse for some distance before boarding the bus for transfer to the crematorium or burial site where the body is interred.

Why Engage a Funeral Director?

While the older generation tend to hold these Chinese funeral traditions close to their heart, much of it has been lost to the current generation. This is due mainly to modernization, as well as the unwillingness of Chinese Singaporeans to openly discuss death preparations including Funeral services.

Yet because of filial piety, Singaporean Chinese still believe it is their duty, as children, to give their deceased parents a proper sent-off. An experienced Funeral Director, with ample knowledge of Chinese funeral customs, rites and customs is thus always needed, to guide and advice the bereaved family.

Why Choose Us?

At we strive to delivery the most affordably priced funeral services without compromising on quality. But don't take our word for it; check out our range of funeral packages, do your own comparison and you will realise that we are the best value funeral service provider in Singapore.

More importantly, we have experienced the passing of loved ones of our own and understand your grief. Our staff are thus trained to be extra sensitive and attentive to your funeral related needs at all times. With us, you can have peace of mind knowing that your deceased loved one will have a memorable and meaningful funeral sent-off

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