What Happens Between Hospital and Funeral Wake
If you are handling a death in the family for the first time, the process and steps to take may seem unfamiliar and unclear. With the help of a funeral company, you can put your worries and uncertainties to rest. However, you may be curious about what happens when preparing for a funeral ceremony.
Doesn’t the wake service just begin?
A lot of things happen during the time between the confirmation of funeral arrangements and the commencement of the funeral wake. Your funeral advisor or funeral director may provide updates along the way – but if that is not enough for you, in this article, we help you break everything down to a T and walk you through what goes behind the scenes.
*Steps are according to Casket Fairprice’s Funeral process.
1. Embalming, Dressing and Makeup
2. Preparation of Coffin
3. Booking of venue
Once the booking for the void deck is made over the phone, families will need to go down to the town council to submit the death certificate to confirm the booking. Upon confirmation, the electrical and water supply will be switched on for the duration of the wake.
5. Flower Decorations
- Table flowers
- Condolence wreaths
- Flower cross (for Christian and Roman Catholic Funeral packages)
- Coffin spray
- Funeral Portrait
- Floral water
These floral arrangements will be decorated all around the wake and will stay for the entire duration of the funeral. Flowers at a funeral can bring bereaved loved ones comfort and strength and they make a great addition to the funeral service by creating a warm and serene atmosphere. Families can also make special arrangements for the type of flowers.
6. Contacting suppliers
Our funeral advisors will act as middlemen and be sure to keep you informed of costs, what to prepare and expect.
For Christian, Roman Catholic and Soka funerals, families will have to inform and contact the respective pastors and religious leaders on religious rites to be conducted.
For Buddhist and Taoist funerals, our advisory team will help to inform and contact the respective priests about the chants and rites to be conducted.
7. Booking of permits
- Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex (Government owned)
- Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Private)
- Tse Tho Aum Temple (Private)
- Choa Chu Kang (CCK) Cemetery Complex*
All permit bookings for cremation/burial will be done by our operations team.
*Land burial period is limited to 15 years. After 15 years, graves will be exhumed.
8. Create e-obituary
9. Retouching of Funeral portrait
Families do not have to fret if they do not have a dedicated last portrait taken. Our designers are skilled to retouch and enlarge photos whether they are taken from Identification Cards (IC), in unflattering backgrounds or even group pictures. For minor touch-ups such as adding hair strands, covering moles, removing any unwanted objects or fixing any imperfections, our designer will be able to edit them accordingly to create a beautiful and lasting funeral portrait.
Are you arranging a Funeral for the first time?
We hope this article has helped understand what happens behind the scenes before the commencement of a funeral ceremony. Be sure to also check out Steps #1 and #2 about What To Do When Death Occurs and Coroner’s Case? Don’t fret!