Christian Funeral Service: Mass, Rites and Traditions to Know Of

As we go through life, funerals are something we eventually witness, attend, or unfortunately participate in. These events often come with much confusion, discomfort and perhaps, even a general sense of loss. Our four-part series will provide you with the answers you’re looking for, by delving into the funeral customs, traditions and etiquettes of Singapore’s four major religious groups. In this final part of the series, we’ll explore the ins and outs of Christian funerals. Read on to find out more! What is a Christian funeral? At a glance, a Christian funeral service in Singapore can easily be confused with a Catholic one. Similar to their Catholic counterparts, Christians believe in the afterlife. They believe that the soul of the deceased continues on to Heaven or Hell. Much like Taoism and Buddhism, the Christian faith has several denominations under its umbrella. These denominations determine the manner in which some of the traditions and rites are carried out. Christian funeral traditions So, what are Christian funeral rites and traditions? Let’s find out now! Christian funerals are held either in a Christian church, in a funeral parlour or at the void deck. These funerals are led by a Christian pastor. In a typical Christian funeral, family and friends gather to support one another during the vigil service, where eulogies, scripture reading and prayers often take place. Food is also commonly served to guests with soft hymns being played in the background. While Mass is usually carried out in Catholic funerals, it’s not the case for Christian funerals. Depending on the denomination of the deceased, Mass may or may not be held in...

Taoist Funeral Service: Customs, Traditions and Etiquettes to Know Of

As we go through life, funerals are something we eventually witness, attend, or unfortunately participate in. These events often come with much confusion, discomfort and perhaps, even a general sense of loss. Our four-part series will provide you with the answers you’re looking for, by delving into the funeral customs, traditions and etiquettes of Singapore’s four major religious groups. In this third part of the series, we’ll explore the ins and outs of Taoist funerals. Read on to find out more! What is a Taoist funeral? In a country where the Chinese ethnic group is the majority, we’ve all seen our fair share of ‘Chinese’ funerals. These Chinese funerals typically fall into either of two categories—Buddhist or Taoist. You may already know that within the Chinese ethnic group, there are several different dialects, and each dialect group under the Taoist religion has its unique customs. Though this is the case, the essence of a Taoist funeral is the same regardless of the dialect group. Most Taoist funerals have priests onsite to offer prayers and meditation, as well as to guide the family through the different rituals. Taoist Funeral Tradition and Customs So, what exactly is the essence of a Taoist funeral? Well, let’s take a look at some of the customs and traditions! First, the casket and the body of the loved one are usually sent to the wake site separately. Upon entering a Taoist funeral, you’ll almost always spot an altar with fruits, candles, joss sticks and the deceased’s portrait, alongside an offering of their favourite foods. Unlike Buddhist funeral set-ups, there won’t be any Buddha statue or...

Catholic Funeral Service: Mass, Traditions and Etiquettes to Know Of

As we go through life, funerals are something we eventually witness, attend, or unfortunately participate in. These events often come with much confusion, discomfort and perhaps, even a general sense of loss. Our four-part series will provide you with the answers you’re looking for, by delving into the funeral customs, traditions and rites of Singapore’s four major religious groups. In this second part of the series, we will explore Catholic funeral traditions, mass and etiquettes. Read on to find out more! What is a Catholic funeral? At a glance, a Catholic funeral can easily be confused with a Christian one. Similar to their Christian counterparts, Catholics believe in the afterlife. They believe that the soul of the deceased continues on to Heaven, Hell or Purgatory. The third destination is unique to Catholicism and plays a significant role in the traditions of a Catholic funeral. The belief in purgatory is what leads us to witness Mass being carried out before the funeral, where time is taken to appeal to God for mercy and the forgiveness of the deceased’s sins. Catholic funeral traditions So, what exactly is the essence of a Catholic funeral? Well, let’s take a look at some of the traditions! Catholic funerals are held either in a Catholic church, in a funeral parlour or at the void deck. These funerals are led by a Catholic priest. In a traditional Catholic funeral, there’s usually a vigil service (also referred to as a wake or rosary service), a funeral Mass and a graveside committal. While burial is traditionally part of a Catholic funeral, cremation has become increasingly common in Singapore....

Buddhist Funeral Service: Customs, Traditions and Rites to Know Of

As we go through life, funerals are something we eventually witness, attend, or unfortunately participate in. These events often come with much confusion, discomfort and perhaps, even a general sense of loss. Our four-part series will provide you with the answers you’re looking for, by delving into the funeral customs, traditions and etiquettes of Singapore’s four major religious groups. In this first part of the series, we’ll explore the ins and outs of Buddhist funeral traditions, customs and rites. Read on to find out more! What is a Buddhist funeral? In a country where the Chinese ethnic group is the majority, we’ve all seen our fair share of ‘Chinese’ funerals. These Chinese funerals typically fall into either of two categories—Buddhist or Taoist. Buddhism has many denominations under its umbrella, and this often determines the manner in which the funerals are conducted. Most Buddhist funerals have monks onsite to offer prayers and meditation. Buddhist funeral traditions So, what exactly is the essence of a Buddhist funeral? Well, let’s take a look at some of the traditions! Upon entering a Buddhist funeral, you’ll almost always spot an altar with fruits, candles and the deceased’s portrait, alongside objects that honour them on display. You’ll also see a Buddha statue or motif either on the altar or near the enclosed area surrounding the deceased. Buddhist funeral set–up with Buddha statue displayed on the altar and motifs of Buddhist deities and sutras on the backdrop Aside from these Buddhist customs that are more visual, you may also come across monks reading the sutras and reciting chants. Some families may opt to have monks invited...

Is fitness just another bug caught during the pandemic?

Is fitness just another bug caught during the pandemic? *Disclaimer: The Keto diet mentioned in this article is not in promotion of the diet fad. Please consult your dietician before engaging in any diet trends. None of us in this interview are health professionals. This interview was conducted in the hopes of understanding what helps some of us stay motivated to our health & diet plans. Since the pandemic, many of us have been hit with the fitness bug. We’ve dipped our toes into the pool of online workout routines that tempt us with the promise of attaining abs in 2 weeks. How many of us have stuck to the routine & aside from appeasing our subconscious obsession with vanity, have we given much thought to our health? Perhaps the key to transforming this fitness bug into a sustainable lifestyle as things shift back to the “norm” is having a better understanding of the importance of health & having that knowledge turn into conviction. Join us for a conversation with one of our colleagues, Wendy, in the Administrative office as she shares her journey of health & weight loss! Q: Tell us a little about yourself. A: I’m a typical administrative & accounts staff. The only unusual thing about my job is that I’m working for a funeral company! Over the last 10+ years, I’ve always seen myself as a ‘fat girl’. Q: What inspired you to embark on your health &a weight loss journey and what are some programmes that you’ve undertaken? A: Hmm, prior to my diet journey, I’d spent most of my time eating, sleeping &...