Selecting the Right Columbarium: 5 Considerations for a Meaningful Resting Place

Choosing a columbarium as the final resting place for your loved one’s ashes is a significant decision during the funeral planning process. With various options available, it can be overwhelming to select the right columbarium that aligns with your preferences and needs. To help simplify this decision-making process, we have compiled five essential factors to consider when choosing a columbarium.

  1. Funeral Service Bundle:

Before committing to a columbarium, ensure that the funeral service bundle you choose includes columbarium services. At Last Journey Funeral Service, we offer a selection of exquisite urns and can assist in relocating your loved one to the final resting place if necessary, providing a comprehensive package tailored to your needs.

  1. Public vs. Private Columbarium:

In Singapore, you have the option of public or private columbaria. Public columbaria, such as the Choa Chu Kang and Mandai Columbaria, are government-managed and more cost-effective. However, niche availability may be limited. Private columbaria offer more personalization options and niche location choices, accommodating individual preferences. While privately operated columbaria can be pricier, they provide a greater level of customization and the ability to plan ahead for future funeral needs.

  1. Price Range:

Budget is an important consideration when selecting a columbarium. Government-managed columbaria have standardized prices, while privately operated columbaria offer a range of prices depending on factors such as services, niche type, and customization options. Some columbaria also offer installment payment plans to ease the financial burden.

  1. Lease Period:

Columbaria in Singapore typically have lease periods of 30, 40, or 99 years. The lease period can be based on the columbarium’s land lease or the day of interment. Once the lease expires, the ashes can be scattered at sea, and niches are renewed for new occupants. Understanding the lease period is crucial when considering long-term arrangements.

  1. Choosing an Appropriate Niche & Urn:

Selecting the right niche and urn involves considering customs and rituals. Columbaria often have multiple levels or niches, each with its own significance. Understanding the symbolism behind each level can help you make an informed decision. For example, the fifth level is popular due to its convenience, but it may also come at a higher cost. Familiarizing yourself with the meaning and reasons behind each level will help you choose an appropriate niche.


Selecting the right columbarium is a significant step in honoring your loved one’s memory and ensuring a meaningful final resting place. Considering factors such as the funeral service bundle, public vs. private columbarium, price range, lease period, and appropriate niche and urn will help guide you towards a choice that aligns with your preferences and budget. At Last Journey Funeral Service, our experienced funeral directors are here to support you in making these decisions and providing a comprehensive suite of funeral services tailored to your specific needs.


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