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Where Should My Resting Place Be?

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Planning the final journey for a loved one is an emotional and complex process, from making decisions on the funeral wake to handling ashes and remains. While not often discussed, post-funeral planning is an integral part of the funeral planning process.

In this article, we hope to shed some light on how to handle ashes and remains and how to preserve cherished memories and pay tribute to the dearly departed.

Handling Ashes and Remains

There are two options for posthumous care, cremation and burial.

Cremation

Cremation is the process of subjecting the body to high temperatures, resulting in the incineration of the body, transforming it into ashes and remains. This process usually takes about 1 to 3 hours, depending on factors such as the body size, and material of the casket or coffin used. Following the cremation process, bone fragments will be presented to the family. This process ensures that the remains can be easily stored, scattered or used in memorial keepsake pieces. However, the family can request for the crematorium to grind the ashes for land scattering (Garden of Peace).

In Singapore, there are 3 crematoriums that provide cremation services, including:

  • Choa Chu Kang Crematorium
  • Mandai Crematorium
  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery Crematorium

Burial

Singapore adopts a crypt burial system, where burial plots are designed with a concrete case without a base. Crypt burial is an improved system from the traditional soil burial system, preventing coffins from sliding or shifting due to the effects of underground soil movement and erosion. Endorsed by religious organisations, these burial plots uphold the dignity of burial, ensuring that the final resting place reflects the beliefs and values of the departed.

As Singapore continues to face land scarcity issues, land burial is limited to 15 years before remains have to be exhumed. There is only one cemetery available for land burial, Choa Chu Kang Cemetery.

Where can I store Ashes and Remains? 

Upon cremation, cremated ashes and remains can be stored in various ways, including:

1. Urns

Urns can be found in various styles, materials, shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose one that suits the needs and preferences of the departed. They are a good choice if you want to be housed in Columbarium niches, at home and or at sea.

Private and public columbarium niches that are available for storing urns in Singapore include:

  • Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex
  • Choa Chu Kang Columbarium
  • Temple and Churches Columbarium

2. Garden of Peace 

Inaugurated in 2021, the Garden of Peace is a new inland ash scattering facility in Singapore. Designed in an open garden setting surrounded by trees and hedges, the serene and tranquil garden environment provides loved ones privacy and intimacy, where families can honour and remember their loved ones in a respected and dignified setting.

3. Sea Burial

Sea Burial is the practice of scattering ashes in the sea or gently releasing a water burial urn into the sea. The Maritime Port Authority Singapore opened the state’s first sea burial facility in the south of Pulau Semakau. Families and loved ones can proceed to scatter the departed’s ashes upon approval by the National Environmental Agency (NEA).

Ash scattering options are great alternatives for individuals who wish to make an environmental impact, considering they produce less carbon footprint than traditional land burial methods.

4. Keepsake Jewellery

Also known as Memorial Jewellery, offers loved ones a deeply personal and loving way to remember and pay tribute to the dearly departed. Cremated ashes can be kept and preserved in accessories such as pendants, rings and bracelets that can be worn and carried around by family and friends, immortalising cherished memories and building an enduring connection.

Fun fact: You can now send your ashes into Space!

Founded in 1994 in the United States, Celestis specialises in conducting memorial spaceflight missions to celebrate and honour the lives of those who have dedicated themselves to the spirit of exploration and adventure among the stars. Space routes are fully customizable in terms of destination and where the spacecraft orbits, uniquely celebrating the life of the departed individual. There is also a tracking tool that family and friends can use to view the mission’s progress.

 

How can Casket Fairprice help?

Casket Fairprice strives to provide professional, comprehensive and well-coordinated funeral services for loved ones. We understand that organising and making decisions for a significant event under the weight of grief and all sorts of emotions in a short span of time can be overwhelming. Casket Fairprice established strong partnerships with a diverse range of suppliers and trusted brands to ensure that the finer details are not forgotten.

If you require urgent assistance, reach out to us at 6455 9909. We are here to provide help and guidance to you during this challenging time.

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