Buddhist Funerals in Singapore: A Guide by Last Journey Funeral Services
Buddhist funeral rituals may differ between traditions or “schools,” and even within schools, depending on the country. Some Buddhist funerals are very ritualistic and traditional, while many others are quite simple, solemn, and dignified. In Singapore, peace and serenity are the pillars of a Buddhist funeral. To understand the funeral rituals of the Buddhist people of Singapore, let us first have a few words on Buddhism.
Buddhism is a religion founded by Siddhartha Gautama, also known as “The Buddha,” 2,500 years ago. Its influence has grown over many years, mostly in Asian countries. Buddhism, in other words, means enlightenment. Many Buddhists meditate to keep their minds at ease. Through meditation, Buddhist devotees are able to gain wisdom. A Buddha is not a god but is also known as a respectable man whom devotees look up to.
Cause and Effect in Buddhism
Buddhists believe in karma, the law of cause and effect. What goes around comes around. In short, do well unconditionally, and the good things will come to you. There are no specific images of how a Buddha looks like. However, many pictures representing Buddhist beliefs have emerged over many years. The lotus flower and Bodhi tree symbolize well-being and good fortune. We often use lotus flowers to represent pureness in a Buddhist funeral ceremony.
Although Buddhists understand that death isn’t an end, only a transition from one form to a different one, it’s acceptable to express grief. In doing so, friends and relatives acknowledge the loss of their beloved members. The focus, however, should be on understanding the transience of life, pondering about one’s mortality as an impetus to make life meaningful, and performing good deeds on behalf of the deceased.
Buddhist Funeral Rites, Rituals, and Customs
Buddhist funeral rites and ceremonies are common in Singapore. For instance, Buddhist funerals make up at least 60% of the religious belief in Singapore. Buddhism is the most universal religion here. We see more people switching from Taoist to Buddhist funerals due to the less complexity.
Upon the passing of a Buddhist devotee, family members often gather around to chant the Buddhist sutra. Many people believe that chanting the Diamond Sutra allows their loved ones to eradicate their past karma and gain enlightenment. Some staunch Buddhists will request not to touch the body of the deceased for up to eight hours. This is also known as the transition period. The period will mean that it is the most painful suffering; therefore, it is not advisable to touch or remove the body from the place of demise. During the time of demise, we often play Buddhist chanting and music to soothe the deceased’s passing. This process also symbolizes the lighting of a path for the dearly departed.
Buddhist Funeral Customs
There are two types of Buddhist funeral customs in Singapore: Mahayana Buddhist Funeral Customs and Theravada Buddhist Funeral Customs. The latter often consists of Buddhist monks from Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Burma. At a Buddhist funeral service wake, families are often seen praying to a Buddha statue. Buddhist chanting is essential in the funeral procession. A Buddhist funeral oversees the different stages of life & death. For instance, it makes up the cause of suffering, the end of suffering, and the path that frees us from suffering. At a funeral wake, guests usually light one single joss stick to pay respect to the deceased at the altar. There is no restriction on how many joss sticks to light. The usual custom is to light one single stick. After paying respect at the altar, family members usually bow as a token of appreciation.
Monk chanting is usually conducted during the first day, last night, and on the funeral day. Before cremation, the monk will have a short chanting session. Thereafter, the cortege moves off to the respective crematoriums or burial ground for the final resting place.
Buddhist Funeral Services
At Last Journey Funeral Services, we offer affordable Buddhist Funeral that includes the general needs of a Buddhist funeral. We will work within your budget and, ensure that we send the deceased in a dignified manner. In short, you have nothing to worry about. There are no hidden costs in all of the funerals planned by us.
In conclusion, if you are in need of assistance in arranging a Buddhist funeral in Singapore, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Last Journey Funeral Services. We are available 24/7 to take your call, and you can make enquiries with us at +65 83027118 with no obligations to engage us. We are happy to help and guide you to arrange a remarkable funeral for your beloved one.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) –
What does a Buddhist do at a funeral?
Buddhist monks conduct chanting to help eradicate the past bad karma of the deceased. Families believe in doing good deeds to accumulate good fortune for their loved ones in the afterworld.
Does a Buddhist bury their dead bodies?
Buddhists can choose between cremation and burial in Singapore. Due to the scarcity of land in Singapore, most Buddhists prefer to be cremated. Cremation is more common in Singapore than Burial.
What do you wear to a Buddhist funeral?
We usually advise wearing dull-colored clothing to attend a funeral. Family members often wear white as a sign of respect when mourning their loved ones. We do not encourage anyone to dress in bright, fanciful colors when attending a Buddhist funeral.
How many days is a Buddhist funeral?
A Buddhist funeral is usually conducted between 3 to 7 days in Singapore.
What are some Buddhist rituals?
Buddhist rituals include the family members receiving their loved ones back to the funeral wake premises. Buddhist monks will conduct chanting to help eradicate the past karma and accumulate good fortune for the deceased.
What do you say to a Buddhist when someone dies?
We usually comfort the family members with words like “He/She is in a better place now.” Rest in peace.
How does a Buddhist monk face death?
An interview with a Buddhist monk reveals that they face death with an open mind. Death can happen anytime. Hence, it is part of a life’s transition that everyone will go through eventually. Never be afraid to face death. This is the cause and effect of the lotus sutra.
Does Buddhism believe in God?
Buddhism itself is a religion. It is not a god or deity. It is a spiritual faith that consists of meditation and wisdom. For instance, God in general terms is only a statue of worship. We can’t see God.
How much does a Buddhist funeral cost in Singapore?
An average Buddhist funeral cost $5,500 for a 3-Days funeral arrangement and $6,500 for a 5-Days funeral arrangement, respectively.
How do I arrange a Buddhist Funeral in Singapore?
Answer: You can rely on Last Journey Funeral Services for the arrangement of any Buddhist funerals in Singapore. We are swift, efficient, and reliable.
Why choose Last Journey Funeral Services for a Buddhist Funeral in Singapore?
Answer: We believe that transparency is key in providing our services. Our Buddhist funeral package items are listed clearly, with no hidden costs. We strive to work within any budget, and provide the best service within each. We are committed to providing a compassionate and respectful service to ensure that your loved one’s final journey is a memorable one.
In conclusion, a Buddhist funeral is a solemn and meaningful way to pay respects to a loved one who has passed on. At Last Journey Funeral Services, we understand the importance of making sure that your loved one’s final journey is conducted with the utmost respect and dignity. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to providing you with the necessary guidance and support during this difficult time. If you have any queries or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are available 24/7 to assist you in any way we can.