Funeral Guide

Let us guide you through the sharing of our knowledge on all funeral related affairs. As you dive into the different topics, you will be well prepared, informed for what’s ahead.

Post FuneralFuneral Related CostsWhen a death occursCeremonies and RitualsDressing and EmbalmingWake LocationsMedia
Where can i place the ashes of my loved ones?

You may place the ashes of your loved one in columbaria niches. Niches are available at two government-managed columbaria and private columbaria.

Bookings for government-managed columbaria can be made online, or in person at the booking office. Government columbaria includes Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex and Choa Chu Kang Columbarium.

How do I post an obituary in the newspapers?

The booking of an obituary may be done so online ( or in person at the relevant publication offices during office hours. You may also arrange for a direct cremation notice with your preferred publication (eg. The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, etc).

To view what the necessary documents are for the booking of an obituary, visit

Who should I call when a death occurs at home?

Contact your family doctor who has been attending to the deceased OR a neighbourhood doctor who is willing to make a house call. Alternatively you may call our hotline and we can arrange for a doctor to assist your family.

If the doctor is able to certify the death, he will issue the Certificate of Cause Of Death (CCOD) on the spot.

If the doctor is unable to certify the death OR there is no available doctors, you will have to call the police to arrange for the body to be sent to Mortuary @ HSA (located at Block 9, Singapore General Hospital) in a police hearse. Your family will be notified by the police on when to go to the Mortuary @ HSA (usually the next day).

After the CCOD has been obtained, your family may engage a funeral director to assist you on the following procedures.

Can a pregnant lady attend a funeral or ceremony?

There is no hard and fast rule as to whether a pregnant lady can attend a funeral or ceremony. However, it would be advisable to check in with the bereaving family and your own family (if you are attending as a guest) as this is seen as a taboo to some.

Dressing and Embalming

Embalming is not required by law. However, it is advisable if your family opts to allow the viewing of the deceased during the funeral wake.

Besides the void deck, where can I hold a wake?

Here are some alternatives to a void deck location:

  1. Precinct Pavilions
  2. Funeral Parlours
  3. Private Homes
  4. Places of Worship
  5. State Land
  6. Carparks
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Covid 19 updates: NEA requires families to abide by the safe-distancing measures. All attendees have to have their mask on at all times and only 20 persons are allowed at funeral wakes at any one time. Due to the crowd restrictions, customised live streaming services are available to ease the inconvenience, kindly contact us at 6555 1115 for any assistance. Thank you.