Buddhist Funeral Service

Not Sure What To Do When Your Loved Ones Passed On? Let Us Walk You Through The Process Step By Step.

Hearts Funeral Buddhist Funeral Service

Buddhist funerals are steeped in the profound belief of life’s cycle: birth, aging, and illness, all being steps in preparation for the next life. These ceremonies are integral to ensuring the deceased’s peaceful transition from this life to the next.

We at Hearts Funeral have established ourselves as trustworthy organizers of Buddhist funerals in Singapore, with our deep understanding and experience in arranging dignified farewells for grieving families. Our dedicated team, relying on years of hands-on experience, has thoughtfully designed a comprehensive Buddhist funeral service package. This package is intended to take care of all the necessary arrangements during such challenging times.

Our Buddhist Funeral Services package is an all-encompassing solution, ideal for families seeking a simple yet respectful ceremony. The package includes a half-glass cremation casket, ceremonial items, Buddhist Monk chanting, and necessary facilities. We also provide all the ceremonial items and accessories as part of the package, aiming to make the process as straightforward as possible for our clients.

Your trust in us to honor your loved ones is our highest responsibility.

What Our Buddhist Funeral Package Includes


  • Transportation of Deceased from Hospital / Home to Wake Location
  • Professional Embalming, Make Up Services & Disposal of Water
  • Booking of Cremation/Burial Slot (Mandai Only)
  • Premium Casket Provided

Preparation of Wake

  • Tentage Set-Up For HDB Void Deck/Private Estate

    > 1 Set Carpet Flooring &. Valance Curtain
    4 Surround Canvas
    1 Set Casket Stand with Skirtings
    4 Set  of 3ft X 6ft Table with Skirtings
    100 PVC White Chairs with Skirtings
    2 Air Cooler (in Casket Area Only)
    1 Set General Lighting 
    4 Standing Fans
    Mobile Toilet – 1 unit

  • Floral Arrangement

    > Floral Photo Wreath
    Casket Area Floral Arrangement
    Coffin-Top Floral Arrangement
    VIP Table Floral Arrangement
    Altar Table Floral Arrangement
    (*Choice of Hua Hai 花海 Available)

  • Floral Arrangement

    1 Large Photo 10″ X 12″ with Wooden Frame
    6 Passport Sized Photo

  • Buddhist Altar Set-Up
  • Condolence Donation Book 
  • Safe Box For Money Collection
  • Crew Neck Mourning T-Shirt (6 Pieces)

* No hidden cost or GST for All our pricing.

Commencement Of Wake

  • Buddhist Prayer Service

 1 Monk for Encoffinment 
> 3 For Final Night
> 1 For Last Day (1-3-1)

  • Offerings For Deceased

> 6 Vegetarian Dishes and 1 Bowl of Rice
> 3 Types of Fruits (Orange, Apple and Pear)

  • Offerings For Buddha

Huat Kueh and White Bao
3 Types of Fruits (Orange, Apple and Pear)

  • Praying Materials

Big Joss Sticks – 1 Unit
Small Joss Sticks – 1 Unit
Lotus Candle – 1 Pair
Folded Joss Paper Lotus – 10 Unit

  • Catering (Bento Style) 

20 Pax – 2 Unit
(* Choice of Vegetarian available)

Send-Off Day
(Funeral Day Arrangements)

  • Funeral Premium Hearse / Flower Hearse
    (Subject to Availability)
  • Emcee Service
  • Air-Conditioned Bus for 45 Pax (2 Ways)
  • Air-Conditioned Mini-Bus for 8 Pax (2 Ways)
  •  Fruit Basket For Family – 1 Unit
  • Towel Souvenirs For Drivers – 20 Packs
  • Flower Water
  • Dedicated Guide During Ash Collection

Optional : 8ft Paper House & 20 Bags of Pre-Folded Paper Money
(Additional. $1780 NETT)

Why Choose Hearts Funeral As Your
Funeral Service Provider

  • Peace Of Mind

    It is tough and painful to handle the demise of a loved ones and it can be challenging when arranging for a funeral especially during this emotional period. This is where we will let you have a peace of mind to mourn during the bereaved period.

  • Satisfaction At Any Budget

    In times like this, we believe in being transparent and affordable to all our customers. Our competitive funeral packages are for all to see. We honour what is being quoted and advertise and this means business to us so that you can have a peace of mind.

  • One-Stop Shop For Pre And Post Funeral Service

    Understanding and learning every tradition and religion, we're a one-stop solution catered just for you. Be it a simple or a grand funeral, we've got it all covered just for you. Our services even include any pre/post funeral related services such as Estate Planning, WIll Writing, or even Pre-planning funeral for you and your loved ones.

Our Various Funeral Setup

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Frequently Asked Questions About
Our Buddhist Funeral Service

Losing a loved one is never easy, on behalf of the entire team, please accept our deepest sympathies.

How do I prepare for a funeral in Singapore?

After your loved one passes on, you will have to arrange for the funeral services Singapore. Read on to find out the tasks involved in preparing for a funeral.
If you’re unsure, let our experienced funeral directors assist you. Contact us @ 98289318.

Step 1: Obtain Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD)

Contact your family doctor who has been attending to the deceased. If you do not have a family doctor, or if the family doctor is not available, you can contact us.
If the doctor is able to certify the death, he will issue the CCOD on the spot. If he is unable to certify the death, call the police for the body to be sent to Mortuary @ HSA (located at Block 9, Singapore General Hospital). The family will be notified by the police when to go to the Mortuary @ HSA (usually the next day).
What to bring to Mortuary@HSA:
  • All medical documents related to the deceased
  • All medicine consumed by the deceased
  • Identification papers of the deceased and informant e.g. NRIC/ Passport/ Certificate of Registration of Birth/ FIN card
At the Mortuary@HSA
  • The police investigator will arrange for the family to view and identify the deceased’s body in the presence of the coroner.
  • The coroner will review the case and determine if an autopsy is required.
  • The family will be informed of the coroner’s decision and the time to claim the body for the funeral.
If the autopsy reveals that the death is unnatural, the police will need to conduct further investigations into the cause of death, and the family will need to assist. Once the investigation is completed, the family will be told by the Police to attend a coroner’s inquiry at the Subordinate Courts.

Step 2: Engage a Experienced Funeral Director

After the CCOD has been obtained, the family may engage a funeral director who will:

  1. Collect the body from the home or hospital mortuary
  2. Send the body for embalming if required, and
  3. Deliver the body to the location of the wake/funeral

If you’re unsure, let us assist you at this step onwards, contact us @ 98289318.

Step 3: The family will have to register the death at any Neighbourhood Police Centre

Prior to registration, the family should decide whether the body will be cremated or buried, as this information is required when registering the death.

Step 4: Placing an Obituary (optional)

Obituary is a public notice of death through the local newspapers.

The National Environment Agency website shares the contact details of local newspapers where you can place the obituary.

Step 5: Arranging the Wake and Funeral

Funerals and wakes are intended for family, friends and acquaintances to pay their respects to the deceased and comfort the bereaved families. You can choose to have the wake at your own home, or at the funeral parlour. You could also hold the wake at the void deck. Permissions required include:

  • Town Council: To get a permit to hold the wake at the void deck
  • Land Transport Authority: To use part of the road outside your landed property
  • National Environment Agency: To extend the funeral wake for more than seven days

Your funeral director will organise the logistics for the wake and/or funeral. This includes getting the necessary approvals, setting up the funeral parlour, arrange for prayers, and more.

Step 6: Preparing for Burial or Cremation

You can book a date and time for cremation or burial at the relevant booking office, through the phone, or online. The National Environment Agency details the relevant offices’ contacts and charges involved.

You will need the following documents:

  • NRIC of the applicant and next-of-kin
  • Original Death Certificate (which contains the Permit to Bury/Cremate)

Step 7: Storage of Ashes/ Scattering the Ashes at Sea

Every family has its own preferences for the ashes of the deceased. There are normally two options:

a) Storing the Ashes

You can store the ashes at home or in a columbarium. There are government-managed columbaria and several private columbaria in Singapore.

To book a niche (a place to store the ashes), you will need your NRIC and the original Death Certificate of your loved one. You can book a niche in a government-managed columbarium online, or contact a private columbarium directly.

b) Scattering the Ashes at Sea

You can scatter the ashes at sea at the approved site 1.5 nautical miles (2.8km) south of Pulau Semakau.

This can be done daily, from 7am to 7pm. Please contact the Port Marine Safety Control Centre at 6325-2488 for assistance on scattering the ashes at sea.

For more information on the practical tasks after death, Singapore Hospice Council’s When a Death Occurs – A Guide to Practical Matters is a useful guide.

Alternatively, you may consider inland ash scattering garden as a new option at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex. The garden is opened from 9am to 5pm daily and each family is allowed two hours to complete the ash scattering and rites, with fees incurred. For more information, find out more on NEA’s website.

What Location Should I Pick For Buddhist Funeral In Singapore?

Buddhist funeral Services Singapore takes place in a funeral home and not in a temple. The whole Buddhist funeral setup is quite simple and dignified and is held within a week after death. The viewing takes place for a night amidst incense and candlelight. It is usually held the evening before the funeral. In Singapore, most Chinese Buddhist will book a funeral venue for the ceremony to be conducted. It can be near the house area of the deceased or it can also be held in Funeral parlours. Commonly seen at HDB void decks, tentages are often a set-up for the funeral services singapore to be conducted. Such an arrangement requires booking of space with the housing board managed by the Singapore Government for Buddhist funeral setup.

How Does The Burial And Cremation Work?

Chinese Buddhists allow the families to either bury or cremate the dead as per their family custom. Once the ceremonies get over(post funeral), the casket bearing the dead is taken to the burial site which is often on a hillside via a funeral procession service. In Singapore, land burial site is at Lim Chu Kang Cemetery. While the casket is being lowered into the ground, it is customary that the family looks away as a show of respect. During cremation, it is a traditional custom for the family to witness the cremation. In Singapore, regardless of land burial or cremation, post funeral rituals and chanting must be performed by a monk.

What Are Some Of The Proper Buddhist Funeral Etiquettes?

In Singapore, mourners can either send sympathy cards or white flowers to the family after learning of the death of their loved one. Chinese customs include giving condolence money to help ease the funeral spendings of the affected family. However, anything red should be avoided. Gifts, donations, or food can also be sent as a show of respect and charity. During the funeral, it is expected to bring flowers to present to the family as a show of honour and respect. These should be placed near the altar. Mourners are also expected to join in the chanting and meditation that takes place during the funeral and should refrain from documenting the ceremony post funeral.

What Are The Buddhist Funeral Traditions, Rites And Customs?

During the cremation ceremony which takes place on the morning of the burial/cremation, monks are invited as per Buddhist funeral traditions. They chant verses,  buddhist scriptures, eulogies and give sermons thereby aiding the family with the whole ceremony. Organ donation is not prohibited since it is seen as a way of helping others. However, the medical practitioner is expected to wait for at least three to four days before the autopsy since it is believed that the soul departs the body during this period. While embalming is a common custom for Buddhist Funeral in Singapore, mourners are advised to wear white as it symbolizes sympathy and grief. Since the traditional Buddhist belief is that it takes 49 days before reincarnation of the deceased, prayers will be conducted by the same monk. Buddhist funeral etiquette is similar to that of Taoist funeral in Singapore, where in both religions, it is believed that after the 49th day, the deceased will reincarnate. The 49th day, Buddhist funeral prayer will be conducted by the monk with a series of chanting. Whereas, Taoist funeral customs are led by priests, a Taoist ritual, known as “Gong Teck” which consists of burning of paper house.

What To People Wear In A Buddhist Funeral?

At a traditional Buddhist funeral, the family wears white or cover themselves using a white cloth. Mourners should wear simple, black or dark clothing. Wearing expensive or flashy clothing/jewellery is seen as a display of wealth and not in keeping with Buddhist funeral etiquette.

What Can I Expect In a Buddhist Funeral Service In SIngapore?

In Singapore, Chinese Buddhist Funeral service customs and rites are often led by monks. During the service, the family sits nearer to the front, greeting all those who come to honour the deceased. Mourners go to the casket to approach the casket quietly with their hands folded in a praying position and show their respect for the dead by bowing in front of the altar. A portrait of the deceased is usually placed at the altar, in front of the casket. Visitors of the wake should approach the altar and pay their last respect and condolences. Monks would then led the funeral ceremony with the buddhist chanting services, prayers and food offerings such as fruits and vegetables. A period of the buddhist chanting services  takes place during the ceremony to reflect on the life of the departed. The entire Buddhist funeral service usually lasts between three to five days.

Understanding the Different Buddhist Funerals in Singapore

There are many different Buddhist Funeral service Package that you can choose from. These Funerals are a way of honouring the deceased and their passing. Buddhist Funeral service Package come in many forms and formats.

There are memorial services, cremations and even burial services. The Buddhist Funeral service Package you choose will depend on the beliefs and customs of the region where the Buddhist funeral arrangements is taking place. In most cases, you can choose between a cremation and a Buddhist burial.

There are two main types of Buddhist ceremonies. Traditionally, Buddhist ceremonies are divided into five types or groups: cremation, burial, memorial service, service of food and drink and service of offerings.

– Cremation: This is the most common Buddhist funeral rites. The deceased is cremated, usually in an urn. Buddhist ceremonies for cremation are usually held in a crematorium. The crematorium is normally chosen because it is the most “idyllic” location. The crematorium is usually a forested area with trees, lakes and a mountain backdrop.

– Burial: This is the second most common Buddhist funeral rites. It’s usually reserved for cremations that are deemed “characteristic” or “good” for the Buddhist funerary ceremony. The deceased is usually buried in a Buddhist cemetery. Buddhist ceremonies for burial are also usually held in a crematorium. The crematorium is usually chosen because it’s the most “idyllic” location. Buddhist Funeral rites for burial are also usually held in a crematorium. The crematorium is usually chosen because it’s the most “idyllic” location.

– Memorial Service: This service is usually held at a temple or a Buddhist place of worship. Buddhist Funerals for memorial services are usually held at a temple or a Buddhist place of worship.

– Service of Food and Drink: Buddhist Funerals for service of food and drink are usually held at a temple or a Buddhist place of worship. Buddhist Funeral rites for service of food and drink are usually held at a temple or a Buddhist place of worship. 

– Service of Offerings: Funeral procession service of offerings are usually held at a temple or a Buddhist place of worship. Funeral procession service of offerings are usually held at a temple or a Buddhist place of worship.

What to Consider When You're Funeral Planning For The Buddhist Funeral?

When planning the funeral arrangements, you should also consider the deceased’s beliefs and customs. In most cases, Buddhist funerals are held in Buddhist temples and cemeteries. So, the deceased’s family will most likely arrange the funeral at a temple or a cemetery that’s associated with their religion. You should also plan the funeral arrangements according to the deceased’s financial situation and the number of mourners who will attend the funeral. If the deceased was a foreigner and didn’t have many friends or family members in Singapore, you should also plan the funeral arrangements according to the deceased’s cultural and racial preferences. You should also consider the deceased’s health and medical conditions. If so, you should also plan the funeral arrangements according to whether the deceased wanted a closed coffin or an open coffin for their funeral. The type of funeral you choose will also determine the type of coffin you use. Things like vegetarian food offering are important to take in consideration as well.

What is Embalming, and is it necessary?

Embalming is a procedure carried out to delay decomposition of the body. The bodily fluids are removed, and are replaced with formaldehyde-based chemical solutions that will delay decomposition. It may be necessary, if you select certain arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing, or with an open casket. It is also typically done when the body is to be transported over long distances or across borders. 

If you do not want embalming, you may choose an arrangement that does not require viewing. A funeral wake may still be held, as long as the body is placed in a hermetically sealed coffin (without a viewing window), for a period not exceeding 7 days after the death. 

Note: Embalming may not be allowed if the deceased passed on due to certain infectious diseases, e.g. COVID-19 disease. 

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