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 its part in influencing much of Chinese funeral traditions, with many Chinese considering it their duty, as children, to stage of a proper funeral for their deceased parents.
Typical Order of Chinese Funeral Services
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 gathering around the death bed, accompanying 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 body in the deceased favourite outfit.
Another common practice is to place a grain of rice in the deceased mouth plus coins in his 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 Funeral typically last 3 to 5 days though from time to time, we will have families requesting for 7 day funerals. 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 funeral wakes as they help those keeping night long vigils stay awake.
Taoist priest or Buddhist monks, depending on the deceased religion, will be at hand to lead the funeral rituals and chanting during:
- Last night prayer session
- Funeral day prayers and rituals
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 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 hearts, 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 send-off. An experienced Funeral Director, with ample knowledge of Chinese funeral services, rites and customs is thus always needed, to guide and advice the bereaved family.
Why Choose Us?
We are among the most affordable funeral undertakers in Singapore. And because of our believe that everyone deserves a meaningful send off, we do not compromise on quality, when arranging a funeral.
We understand your grief and will go the distance to ensure all your funeral services needs are taken care of. Our staff trained to be sensitive and attentive to your needs at all times. Being experienced funeral directors, you can always count on us for advice on all funeral matters, as and when needed.
To reach us, simply dial our 24-hour funeral services helpline at +65 6303 0655. Our funeral consultants are ever ready to offer advice and assist you in any way we can.