How to Arrange a Funeral in Singapore

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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:


Funeral Wake

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.



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.


Placing An Obituary

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


Storage of Ashes / Scattering The Ashes At Sea

After cremation, the ashes of the deceased can be stored at home or in a columbarium. Niches are available at the 2 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 0700 hrs-1900 hours. For further information on scattering of ashes, please call the Port Marine Safety Control Centre at telephone number: 6325 2488.

Source: National Environment Agency.