Arranging a Funeral

You can engage a funeral director to help you with the funeral. A list of funeral directors is given here. Depending on your religion, the funeral ceremonial rites and costs may vary widely. A funeral can be as simple or as elaborate in accordance with the wishes of the deceased or family. The following are some points to consider:

Decide the location and the duration of the funeral wake e.g. at the funeral parlour, void deck or house.

If you are holding the wake at the void deck, you will need to get a permit from your Town Council. If you are holding the wake in your landed property and need to use part of the road outside your house, you will need to get a permit from Land Transport Authority (LTA). Your funeral director will assist you on this.

Please note that if the funeral wake extends more than 7 days after death, prior written permission will have to be sought from the National Environment Agency.  Please write to:

National Environment Agency
Environmental Health Department
40 Scotts Road, 
Environment Building, #21-00
Singapore 228231

Your funeral director can help you with the booking of the date and time for cremation or burial. Otherwise, you can do the bookings through phone, online or at the relevant booking office.  The NRIC of the applicant and next-of-kin, as well as the original Death Certificate, which contains the Permit to Bury/Cremate is needed when booking for burial or cremation. Please note that if the deceased is to be cremated, any valuables placed in the coffin will not be recoverable after the high heat of cremation.

If you wish to place an obituary, please contact the local newspapers.

After cremation, the ashes of the deceased can be stored at home or in a columbarium. Niches are available at the 3 government-managed columbaria and many other private columbaria. You will need to bring your NRIC and the original Death Certificate to book for a niche.  Booking of niches in government-managed columbaria can also be done online.

Ashes may also be scattered at sea. The scattering of small amounts of ashes can be carried out at the designated site located about 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south of Pulau Semakau. The scattering of ashes can be conducted daily, from 7:00am to 7:00pm. For further information on scattering of ashes, please call the Port Marine Safety Control Centre at telephone number: 6325 2488.