Jan 2, 2018
Funerals are among the most difficult events to arrange due primarily to the emotions that linger after a loved one has passed away. Normally after the passing of a person, family and friends are often left in shock and still grieving. In many cases, they have hardly even made sense much more recover from their loss yet they are already expected to organize a funeral that would serve as a final farewell and dignified tribute to those who passed.
Funeral services are therefore legitimate and invaluable sources of help.
Even by itself, organizing even the simplest funeral is a complicated, difficult process. First, there is a need to report the death and arrange transportation of the deceased to the funeral home. In some cases there is need for another transportation if the wake, ceremony or burial has to be done in another location or facility outside the funeral home. Then there are the series of decision making: embalming, choosing a casket, a funeral vault, finding a location for the wake, choosing between burial and cremation and even finding a cemetery. Then, there is the final ceremony to decide on. Will the ceremony involve clergy, pallbearers, and speakers? Will it include music, readings, or tributes? Who and how many will give a eulogy? On top of that, these arrangements will involve a cost to cover transportation, casket, floral arrangements, funeral and other third party services like rentals, food and beverages, obituaries and honoraria for clergy and ceremony participants.
The process is even more complicated in countries with a population of diverse religions. For instance, aside from regular catering, food and ceremony services, a typical funeral service provider in Singapore offers clients with at least seven types of services. Buddhist services are arranged around the belief in reincarnation and karma, central tenets of Buddhism. Taoist funeral packages in Singapore on the other hand emphasizes the role of spiritual ministers like monks or taoist priests in a time where family needs guidance most and such services therefore focus on providing families with counsel. Soda funeral services emphasizes simplicity and therefore focuses on basic rituals that facilitate the journey of the dead towards enlightenment, a core concept of the religion. Chinese funerals are kept traditional with strict protocols like extensive cleaning of the body, viewing order based on seniority, gambling sessions during the wake and facing away when the coffin is sealed. Today in Singapore, there are even non-religious funeral services which is characterized by significant free play in planning and coordination and design of the service based on the dead’s personality, lifestyle and personal wishes.
But one of the most common funeral in Singapore are Christian funerals due to the substantial population of Christians in the area. In typical Christian funerals, the choice of ministers and venues are very important considerations. For instance, if the departed is member of a church and regular church goer, families often prefer the pastor or minister of their church to officiate the service. For Christians too, a funeral is a perfect opportunity for a Christian family to collectively strengthen their faith and hope. As such, Christian funeral service in Singapore often involve vigils, liturgy rites of committal, gospel readings and symbolic offering of faith to God and hope for of salvation for the loved one who passed away.
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