Funeral services in Singapore, like anywhere else all across the world, are differentiated by different beliefs and religions. General practices; rituals; and the actual program flow for each funeral service types will also be very much different from each other as in accordance to each faith's beliefs and cultural practices. Taking Christian funeral services Singapore for example, have you question why there are at times hymns played during a wake procession; or eulogies or even teachings of the faith being conducted at the pewter in the middle of a funeral service for a Christian whom has passed on recently. Let's us today go through the routines and norms; the standard 101 Singapore Christian funeral services that differentiate itself in pretty much most of the aspects and segments from other standard funeral service types of other faiths that we see today.
A Christian funeral services Singapore are usually held near to homes of the deceased; shared common utility halls; extension into common roads (landed property) or even funeral parlors. In other countries, we do see commonly that Christian funeral processions can also be held within church compounds; crematoriums; and even cemeteries for that matter. Color themes for a Christian funeral Singapore are held usually in a less striking white or lighter color. Decorations for a Christian funeral service Singapore procession are usually decked with Christian bible verses; encouragement writings and the usual condolence wreaths and flowers assortments that helps to beautify the surrounding areas a little more for the wake procession.
As mentioned above, one could expect to have bouts of group prayers conducted thorough the Christian funeral service session; sermons or religious teachings that could be taught along the way by usually the congregation's pastor; group singing of Christian praise and worship songs or hymns suitable for a similar occasion. In addition to all, one would also occasionally sees sharing of eulogy for the deceased person. What exactly is an eulogy you may ask? Main purpose for an eulogy/speech during a Christian funeral service for the sharing person is to extoll and sing praises for the deceased and to share more information to family and friends about who exactly the deceased as a person when he/she was alive.
Do you know that within the core beliefs of Christianity is as such only Christ following people will attain the route to heavens and unbelievers will not be given this similar chance. In line with this same line of thought, it is also believe that burial of the dead is much more a preferred and logical choice of handling the remains of a Christian during a Christian funeral service in Singapore whom has passed on as it preserves the earthly body or the 'temple of God' and does not destroys it as like a cremation process would perhaps do. However though, many may dispute while burial of a body does not decimates nor destroys the human remains instantly, the decomposing process for a buried body would also removes human remains within a sealed coffin, little by little days time past gradually.
In the year 2020, Covid-19 swop down the earth and conquered the entire universe by not only taking lives by the number of millions but also in the course of doing so, altered the course of millions more lives and changes routines of how one lives and for that matter, how one dies. As we transition to the third phase of the post-circuit breaker for Covid-19 in Singapore, new rules and guidelines are being introduced by the authorities to ensure minimized contact and reduced exposure for attendance at funeral services or wake processions. Are you familiar with what can be done under the purview of the new guidelines and what should be avoided when planning for a Christian funeral service in Singapore for a recent departed loved one?
Maintenance of safe distancing measures of one meter between all visitors and the usual mask-on policy will be applicable at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery and columbarium in Mandai and Yishun just like anywhere else in public. Restrictions on the number of visiting family members will be cap at eight persons per one group. It's advised that visitors refrain from bringing family members whom may be from the vulnerable group of elderly or young companions for any Singapore funeral service. Visitors whom are unwell will be advise to stay home and not attend ceremonies held at the cemetery or columbarium.
What about Christian funeral services held at void decks or homes; and also cremations ceremonies or during burial services? Funeral wakes, burials and cremations each have a restriction of maximum 30 attendees per ceremony. Seating arrangements for funeral wakes too must be done in a way where there must be at least a meter away from any other chairs that are from another corresponding table. Like wise to the restrictions on number of persons in any public gathering, there must not be more than 8 persons seated at each table at a funeral wake. Setting up of buffet or reception with foods and drinks served from them are not allowed. Religious workers like preachers or on stage speakers for eulogy pieces must be protected with face shields if they are not masked up properly. Records of visitors to the funeral event must be tracked and kept for a period of at least 25 days after the funeral services in Singapore. This is to facilitate tracking efforts in the event of any outbreak or transmission that might occurred during the funeral procession.
Lastly, there has been already an approval given by the authorities to allowed a deceased who had passed on from COVID-19 infection, to have an official funeral wake procession. Though due to the viral transmission risk, extra care has to be taken in treatment of the deceased remains. No embalming of the deceased will be allowed and cremation of the body is highly encouraged unless there are strong religious reasons not to do so, with approval from the authorities required in the event of such requests put up. In addition, the body of the deceased would double-bagged and a hermetically sealed coffin will be used for storage of the remains. Finally, procedures that may involve close contact with the body of the deceased, can only be handled by trained personnel of the funeral services companies.