The Buddhist funeral is simple, solemn and dignified, typically taking place 3 or 5 days after death. Many Buddhist funerals occur in funeral parlor or HDB void deck, depends on the customers preference. Adhering to Buddhist funeral traditions, the funeral service is typically held the following day and is conducted by a monk. There is always an open casket allowing attendees to view and say goodbye. Guests are expected to bow slightly toward the loved one as a sign of appreciation for lessons regarding impermanence of life. There would be a period of meditation, a traditional Buddhist custom, during the ceremony to reflect on the person's life and honor their memory. At a traditional Buddhist funeral, the family will wear white or cover their clothing with a traditional white cloth, along with a headband or armband. Mourners may also:
- Walk with sticks to symbolize that grief has left them the need for support;
- Chant or sing appropriate sutras (prayers)
- Bring offerings of flowers and fruit
- Burn incense to sweeten the air
- Ring gongs or bells
Although Buddhists understand that death is not an end, only a transition from one form to another, it is acceptable to show grief. In doing so, friends and family members acknowledge the loss of their loved one. Monks will perform last rites before the casket is sealed. Family members may assist in lifting the casket as a final act of service, while others attending may observe a moment of respectful silence. During the funeral procession, family members may walk behind the hearse; all attendees should be sending good thoughts to the family and contemplating the impermanence of life.
Nirvana Memorial Garden has years of knowledge and experience in helping families with different religious funeral arrangements in Singapore. We are committed to ensure a proper organisation of Buddhist funeral rites and provide help to bereaved families during this difficult period with professionalism. Since Nirvana Memorial Garden is also catering for the Columbarium niche for the placement of funeral urns, our customers would be able to enjoy the one-stop services that include funeral services, cremation procedures, professional ashes collection, 49 days prayer services, urn placement in columbarium niche, etc.
In Singapore, Buddhist funeral services often combine Buddha’s teachings with Chinese customs. These Chinese customs are based on individual dialects and emphasize the value of filial piety.
Most Buddhist monks recommend cutting down on unnecessary funeral expenses, hence Buddhist funeral arrangements are frequently basic. Many people will also prefer a more environmentally friendly method. Buddhist funerals frequently use a yellow or blue white tentage as the typical theme. Yellow is connected with enlightenment among Buddhists, while blue white is associated with purity. A display of Buddhist scriptures is frequently used to provide serenity and consolation to bereaved relatives and friends.
Buddhist monks would perform some rites based on Chinese customs due to the influence of Chinese culture. The essence of these rites remains the same: to establish qualities that can be transmitted to the departed loved one and bereaved relatives.
At Buddhist funerals, vegetarian food is typically served as a reminder to be compassionate to all beings. Fresh flowers are also appreciated at Buddhist wakes, as a blooming flower represents life’s impermanence.
Buddhist Funeral Services Procedures
– Transferring of loved one into our care from home or hospital.
– Funeral Director to meet and provide briefing for family.
Buddhist Funeral at HDB Void Deck
– HDB Void Deck Tentage, Tables, Fans, Chiller and Chairs.
– Reception table, Condolence Money Box, Memorial Book, Signage, Stationary Box;
– 1 Unit of elderly friendly mobile toilet (applicable at funeral services in the HDB area.)
Buddhist Funeral at Funeral Parlor
– Rental of funeral parlor at Sin Ming Drive is included if family does not wish to conduct a wake at void deck. (Subjected to availability)
– Round Table and Chair Cover
– Encoffin Items include Sandalwood, Sandalwood Powder, Maitreya Quilt, Wash Basin, Paper Umbrella
– 4 or 8 Sided Half Glass Casket Half Glass (4SB / 4SY)
Funeral Wake Setup and Accessories
– Buddha and Altar Table Setup.
– Casket Area Backdrop
– Photo Enlargement and Frame
– Floral Arrangement with photo wreath 10” x 12”
– Funeral Notice, Online Obituary
– Snacks and Accessories like bottled water, packet drinks, peanuts, coffee machine beverages, etc
Embalming and Makeup Services
– Loved one will be sent to our embalming centre for cleansing and cosmetology services, performed by our professional female embalmer.
Funeral Day Service
– 1 funeral director to host the service.
– Professional pallbearers and support team
– 2 pax service staff (4 hours)
– funeral day service team
– funeral day PA system
– premium hearse (single trip)
– 44 seater bus (round trip)
– cremation at Mandai
Post Funeral Service (for customers who purchase our columbarium niche)
– Ash collection service
– 49 days An Lin Services