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How Much Does It Cost To Hold A Funeral Service In Singapore?

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Ever wondered what comes after retirement?

Most of us live in a constant pursuit of physical happiness. Be it keeping up with the latest fashion and iPhone, to retiring early with a beautiful home fully paid, we seem to put retirement as a finishing line.

While financial planning is important for the most part of your life, it is equally important to look at the costs of death (“touch wood!”).

 Step-by-step guide

We compiled a step-by-step guide, to what comes after life and the costs involved for the wake and funeral.


 Preparation

preparation checklist before funeral

While death is a taboo subject for many, we are starting to realise that pre-planning of funeral services can help ease the load on your family members.

The benefits of being open and transparent with your family member about your funeral include:

  • Less emotional stress for your loved ones after your passing since everything is already planned
  • Reduces unnecessary disputes and arguments amongst your family pertaining to decisions for the funeral
  • Allows you to plan financially for your own funeral effectively

Here’s a checklist of what needs to be arranged before death:

  • Deciding on a funeral director
  • Deciding on the details of the wake
  • Making a will
  • Making CPF Nomination
  • Have a discussion with your direct family members

Deciding on a funeral director

A funeral director is a professional that helps take care of your funeral arrangements. He will be the go-to guy upon your passing if arrangements have been made.

We have attached a list of funeral directors in Singapore for your convenience.

Deciding on the details of the wake

Once you have decided on the funeral director, it is good to make known the essential information to him to better facilitate the planning process of the funeral.

Some useful information will be the budget which you are looking at, your religion, your favourite flowers, casket and also other possible information. By having these details tied down prior to death can help ease the stress on your family. Family members usually have a short period of time to plan and prepare for the funeral, while dealing with the loss of their loved one.

Details such as the venue of the wake, photo-taking of the funeral photo and clothes you want to be wearing should be settled too.

Making a will

A will is an official arrangement for someone to receive part or all of your money and property after your passing.

In order for a Will to be formal, here are a few pointers to take note of:

  • The will must be committed to writing.
  • The testator must be at least 21 of age.
  • The testator must sign the will at the foot of the will. If the testator is unable to do so, he may allow another person to sign it in his presence.
  • The testator’s signature must be witnessed by 2 or more witnesses, and they must also sign the will in the presence of the testator.
  • The 2 main witnesses cannot be beneficiaries of the will or spouses of the beneficiaries. A beneficiary can be a third witness.

source: Singapore Singapore Advice

Due to the complex nature of it, hiring a professional adviser such as a lawyer to help take care of it will be the safest option. Find the checklist for a comprehensive will in Singapore here.

The cost of a simple will can range from $200 to $400 if one engages a law firm to prepare it. More complex wills can go up to more than $500.

Making CPF Nomination

A CPF nomination allows one to specify who will benefit from their CPF savings and the amount they receive upon their demise. As CPF savings are not covered under your will, the need to make a CPF nomination is essential.

Should there be no CPF nomination, the CPF savings will be transferred to the Public Trustee’s Office and distributed according to the rules in the Intestate Succession Act. Which is super leh chey!

Have a discussion with your direct family members

Once all the above are in place, have an open discussion with your family members on your liabilities if any and also assets.

Here is some helpful information to tie down:

  • Make known to them where they can find the necessary documentation to locate your assets upon your passing.
    Imagine having a will so well hidden that no one can ever find. That totally defeats the purpose of having a will! 
  • Decide who in the family will be in charge of ensuring that all your wishes are carried out accordingly. This includes your funeral home.
  • Some may even go to the extent of having a contact list of who to be informed of your passing should it happen.

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Step-by-step guide: What to do when someone passes away?

Depending on the location of the death, is it in the hospital, at home, or overseas, each has its set of necessary steps to take.

Steps to take when death occurs in the hospital/ home

  • Step 1: Obtain Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD) in the hospital
    If the doctor at the hospital can certify the cause of death and the cause is natural, the doctor will fill up the Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD).
  • Step 1: Obtain Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD) at home
    Contact your doctor or any neighbourhood doctor that is willing to take a house call to certify the death.

The rest of the steps are similar

  • If the cause of death unknown
    If the doctor is unable to certify the cause of death, call the police to have the body sent to Mortuary@HSA (Singapore General Hospital, Block 9)
  • Step 2: Contact a funeral director
    Should there be one assigned early, simply contact the relevant funeral director. If not, the family will need to engage one.
    The funeral director will collect the body, send the body for embalming and deliver to the location of the wake.
  • Step 3: Register the death
    The family can register the death at any Police station or the Registry of Births and Deaths.

Additional information:

Mortuary@HSA operating hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays: 8:00am – 12:30pm

Things to bring to Mortuary@HSA:

  • All medical documents related to the deceased
  • All medicine consumed by the deceased
  • NRIC or Passport or Birth Certificate or FIN card of deceased.

Registry of Births and Deaths:
3rd floor, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road S(208718)
Tel: 6391 6100
Working hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday – Friday), 8:00am – 1:00pm (Saturday)

Things to bring to Registry of Births and Death/ Police Station:

  • Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD)
  • NRIC or Passport or Birth Certificate or FIN card of deceased.

Steps to take when death occurs overseas

  • Step 1: Register with the foreign authorities
  • Step 2: Application for a coffin (import) permit. A funeral director will know the steps to this.
  • Registering the death will be the same as the above.

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Checklist of the decisions to make for the wake and funeral

Find the checklist, we found a really comprehensive one on Nirvanacolumbarium.sg:

General Preparations

  • Prepare a contact list including names and phone numbers of persons you wish to have notified of your death or a medical emergency.
  • Decide on the person who will be responsible to ensure that your wishes are carried out.
  • Assemble information for the obituary, including biographical details and where the obituary should appear.
  • Select a funeral home.

Funeral Home Services

  • State, in writing, the type of disposition you would like i.e. burial or cremation

For burial

  • Select the burial plot location.
  • Select burial vault.
  • Choose preferred casket type i.e. made of wood, metal, or composite materials.
  • Choose preferred burial garments.

For Cremation

  • Choose preferred cremation casket/container type i.e. made of wood, metal, or composite materials.
  • Select cremation urn type.
  • Decide what to do with the ashes.
  • Select the cremation plot location.
  • Choose type of service i.e. religious, celebration of life, memorial service.
  • Choose family viewing or visitation.
  • Choose a floral arrangement i.e. type, colour.
  • Select a photograph to be displayed.
  • Select music and hymns.
  • Select pallbearers.
  • Make arrangements for transportation.

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The Ultimate Comparison: Funeral Package Pricelist

As various religion go through a different type of ritual and require different types of religious services, it is important to compare them separately for better comparison.

cost of holding a funeral in Singapore

How much does a Buddhist Funeral Package cost in Singapore?

Funeral HomePrice RangeDetails
NTUC Income$3,780 - $4,6803 Days: $3,780
5 Days: $4,680
Singapore Bereavement Services$5,200 - $6,2003 Days: $5,200
5 Days; $6,200
Entrust Funeral Service$5,3883 Days: $5,388
Any additional day at $250
Funeral Solutions$5,588 - $6,0883 Days: $5,588
4 Days: $5,838
5 Days: $6,088
Singapore Funeral Group$5,588 - $6,0883 Days: $5,888
5 Days: $6,088
Any additional day at $250
1Stop Buddhist Funeral Services$5,680 - $8,580HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $5,680
3 Days: $5,880
4 Days: $6,080
5 Days: $6,280
6 Days: $6,480
7 Days: $6,680
Parlour:
2 Days: $6,080
3 Days: $6,580
4 Days: $7,080
5 Days: $7,580
6 Days: $8,080
7 Days: $8,580
Casket Fairprice$5,680 - $8,580HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $5,680
3 Days: $5,880
4 Days: $6,080
5 Days: $6,280
6 Days: $6,480
7 Days: $6,680
Parlour:
2 Days: $6,080
3 Days: $6,580
4 Days: $7,080
5 Days: $7,580
6 Days: $8,080
7 Days: $8,580
Comfort Casket$5,880 - $6,880HDB Void Deck:
3 Days: $5,880
5 Days: $6,280
7 Days: $6,880
Direct Funeral Services$5,888-
Simplicity Casket$6,400 - $9,872HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $6,400
3 Days: $6,570
4 Days: $6,570
5 Days: $6,932
6 Days: $7,100
7 Days: $7,280
Parlour:
2 Days: $6,662
3 Days: $7,272
4 Days: $7,922
5 Days: $8,572
6 Days: $9,222
7 Days: $9,872
Hosanna Bereavement ServicesOnly Christian Funeral

How much does a Taoist Funeral Package cost in Singapore?

Funeral HomePrice RangeDetails
NTUC Income$3,780 - $4,6803 Days: $3,780
5 Days: $4,680
Singapore Bereavement Services$6,5003 Days: $6,500
Entrust Funeral Service$7,3883 Days: $7,388
Any additional day at $250
Singapore Funeral Group$7,588 - $8,0883 Days: $7,588
5 Days: $8,088
Any additional day at $250
Casket Fairprice$7,780 - $10,680HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $7,780
3 Days: $7,980
4 Days: $8,180
5 Days: $8,380
6 Days: $8,580
7 Days: $8,780
Parlour:
2 Days: $8,180
3 Days: $8,680
4 Days: $9,180
5 Days: $9,680
6 Days: $10,180
7 Days: $10,680
Funeral Solutions$7,880 - $8,2803 Days: $7,880
4 Days: $8,080
5 Days: $8,280
Direct Funeral Services$8,288-
Comfort CasketNot provided
Hosanna Bereavement ServicesOnly Christian Funeral
1Stop Buddhist Funeral ServicesOnly Buddhist Funeral
Simplicity Casket-

How much does a Christian Funeral Package cost in Singapore?

Funeral HomePrice RangeDetails
NTUC Income$3,780 - $4,6803 Days: $3,780
5 Days: $4,680
Singapore Bereavement Services$3,800 - $4,5003 Days: $3,800
4 Days: $4,150
5 Days: $4,500
Hosanna Bereavement Services$4,000 - $9,500
Comfort Casket$4,300 - $5,7003 Days: $4,300
5 Days: $5,000
7 Days: $5,700
Entrust Funeral Service$4,3883 Days: $4,388
Any additional day at $250
Simplicity Casket$4,581 - $8,098HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $4,581
3 Days: $4,761
4 Days: $4,941
5 Days: $5,111
6 Days: $5,291
7 Days: $5,471
Parlour:
2 Days: $4,848
3 Days: $5,498
4 Days: $6,148
5 Days: $6,798
6 Days: $7,448
7 Days: $8,098
Singapore Funeral Group$4,588 - $5,0883 Days: $4,588
5 Days: $5,088
Any additional day at $250
Casket Fairprice$4,680 - $7,380HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $4,680
3 Days: $4,880
4 Days: $5,080
5 Days: $5,280
6 Days: $5,480
7 Days: $5,680
Parlour:
2 Days: $4,880
3 Days: $5,380
4 Days: $5,880
5 Days: $6,380
6 Days: $6,880
7 Days: $7,380
Direct Funeral Services$4,999-
Funeral Solutions$7,880 - $8,2803 Days: $7,880
4 Days: $8,080
5 Days: $8,280
1Stop Buddhist Funeral ServicesOnly Buddhist Funeral

How much does a Catholic Funeral Package cost in Singapore?

Funeral HomePrice RangeDetails
NTUC Income$3,780 - $4,6803 Days: $3,780
5 Days: $4,680
Singapore Bereavement Services$3,800 - $4,5003 Days: $3,800
4 Days: $4,150
5 Days: $4,500
Comfort Casket$4,300 - $5,7003 Days: $4,300
5 Days: $5,000
7 Days: $5,700
Entrust Funeral Service$4,3883 Days: $4,388
Any additional day at $250
Simplicity Casket$4,581 - $8,098HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $4,581
3 Days: $4,761
4 Days: $4,941
5 Days: $5,111
6 Days: $5,291
7 Days: $5,471
Parlour:
2 Days: $4,848
3 Days: $5,498
4 Days: $6,148
5 Days: $6,798
6 Days: $7,448
7 Days: $8,098
Singapore Funeral Group$4,588 - $5,0883 Days: $4,588
5 Days: $5,088
Any additional day at $250
Casket Fairprice$4,680 - $7,380HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $4,680
3 Days: $4,880
4 Days: $5,080
5 Days: $5,280
6 Days: $5,480
7 Days: $5,680
Parlour:
2 Days: $4,880
3 Days: $5,380
4 Days: $5,880
5 Days: $6,380
6 Days: $6,880
7 Days: $7,380
Direct Funeral Services$4,999-
Funeral SolutionsOnly Buddhist and Taoist Funeral
1Stop Buddhist Funeral ServicesOnly Buddhist Funeral
Hosanna Bereavement ServicesOnly Christian Funeral

How much does a Soka Funeral Package cost in Singapore?

Funeral HomePrice RangeDetails
Singapore Bereavement Services$3,800 - $4,5003 Days: $3,800
5 Days: $4,500
Entrust Funeral Service$4,3883 Days: $4,388
Any additional day at $250
Singapore Funeral Group$4,5883 Days: $4,588
Casket Fairprice$4,780 - $7,580HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $4,780
3 Days: $4,980
4 Days: $5,180
5 Days: $5,380
6 Days: $5,580
7 Days: $5,780
Parlour:
2 Days: $5,080
3 Days: $5,580
4 Days: $6,080
5 Days: $6,580
6 Days: $7,080
7 Days: $7,580
Comfort CasketDoes not do Soka Funeral
Simplicity CasketDoes not do Soka Funeral
NTUC IncomeDoes not do Soka Funeral
Direct Funeral ServicesDoes not do Soka Funeral
Funeral SolutionsOnly Buddhist and Taoist Funeral
1Stop Buddhist Funeral ServicesOnly Buddhist Funeral
Hosanna Bereavement ServicesOnly Christian Funeral

How much does a Non-Religious/ Freethinker Funeral Package cost in Singapore?

Funeral HomePrice RangeDetails
Comfort Casket$4,200 - $5,6003 Days: $4,200
5 days: $4,900
7 Days: $5,600
Entrust Funeral Service$4,3883 Days: $4,388
Any additional day at $250
Simplicity Casket$4,581 - $8,098HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $4,581
3 Days: $4,761
4 Days: $4,941
5 Days: $5,111
6 Days: $5,291
7 Days: $5,471
Parlour:
2 Days: $4,848
3 Days: $5,498
4 Days: $6,148
5 Days: $6,798
6 Days: $7,448
7 Days: $8,098
Casket Fairprice$4,680 - $7,380HDB Void Deck:
2 Days: $4,680
3 Days: $4,880
4 Days: $5,080
5 Days: $5,280
6 Days: $5,480
7 Days: $5,680
Parlour:
2 Days: $4,880
3 Days: $5,380
4 Days: $5,880
5 Days: $6,380
6 Days: $6,880
7 Days: $7,380
Singapore Bereavement ServicesUpon request
Singapore Funeral GroupUpon request
NTUC IncomeProbably upon request
Direct Funeral ServicesUpon request
Funeral SolutionsOnly Buddhist and Taoist Funeral
1Stop Buddhist Funeral ServicesOnly Buddhist Funeral
Hosanna Bereavement ServicesOnly Christian Funeral

How much does a Same Day Cremation Funeral Package cost in Singapore?

Funeral HomePrice RangeDetails
Entrust Funeral Service$1,300-
Casket Fairprice$1,300-

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Rates for placing an obituary in Singapore

Placing an obituary on a local publication is a traditional way to inform the public of the passing of somebody. This is in hope of getting the attention of someone who might have lost contact with the deceased.

Here are the rates for placing an obituary in any of the local publication.

PublicationsObituaries
(Rate per Col cm)
Additional
The Straits TimesS$63-
The Sunday TimesS$63-
Lianhe ZaobaoS$40-
Lianhe WanbaoS$25Joint Rates with Lianhe Zaobao: S$19
Shin Min Daily NewsS$25Joint Rates with Lianhe Zaobao: S$19
Berita HarianS$20Joint Rates with The Straits Times/ Sunday Times: S$15
Berita MingguS$20Joint Rates with The Straits Times/ Sunday Times: S$15

A Minimum of 5cm x 2 col for Chinese publications and 3cm x 1 col for English/Malay publications is required.

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Compilation of contacts of funeral directors in Singapore

Here’s the list of funeral directors in Singapore and their contacts for your convenience:

Name of funeral directorAddressContact number
1Stop Buddhist Funeral ServicesBlk 37 Sing Ming Drive #01-573 Singapore 5757116452-9588
24 Hours Direct CasketBlk. 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2718
Singapore 339696
6296-5051
or
9119-5051
All Saints Care Services127 Lavender Street
Singapore 338735
6341-7117
or
9637-9909
Ang Chin Huat Casket Pte LtdBlk 88 Geylang Bahru
#01-2724 Singapore 339696
6292-4376
or
9862-3026
Ang Chin Moh Casket Pte LtdBlk 88 Geylang Bahru
#01-2724 Singapore 339696
6226-3333
or
9862-3026
Ang Yew Seng Funeral ParlourBlk 38 Sin Ming Drive
#01-537/543 Singapore 575712
6456-8557
or
9780-1526
Budget Casket and Funeral ServicesBlk 37 Sin Ming Drive
#01-569 Singapore 575711
6456-5195
or
9839-2613
Casket Company Embalming & Funeral Services Pte LtdBlk 37 Sin Ming Drive
#01-575 Singapore 575711
6456-7423
Casket FairpriceBlk 37 Sin Ming Drive
#01-571 Singapore 575711
6455-9909
or
6458-9909
Chye Seng UndertakerBlk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1343/1345 Singapore 319056
6251-2833
or
9638-5720
Direct Funeral Services Pte Ltd Blk 88 Geylang Bahru
#01-2718 Singapore 339696
6555-1115
or
9771-6477
Direct Singapore Funeral Services & Embalming 127 Lavender Street
Singapore 338735
6297-7117
or
9637-9909
Flying Home Pte Ltd Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1345A Singapore 319056
6253-0001
or
9030-1000
Goh Soon Moh UndertakerBlk 88 Geylang Bahru
#01-2728 Singapore 339696
6292-4783
or
9628-8178
Hindu Casket Blk 88 Geylang Bahru
#01-2718
Singapore 339696
6222-4444
or
9222-4444
Hosanna Bereavement Services Pte Ltd Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1333
Singapore 319065
6352-7797
or
9760-2279
Lee Teoh Heng Undertaker Blk 87 Geylang Bahru
#01-2706
Singapore 339695
6299-1049
or
6294-0274
Mount Vernon Sanctuary Pte Ltd 121 Upper Aljunied Road Singapore 3678786285-4111
Roland Tay Undertaker Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive
#01-573
Singapore 575711
6294-8588
or
9637-9909
Serbaguna Muslim Funeral Services & Contractor Pte LtdBlk 78 Geylang Bahru
#01-2910
Singapore 339686
6440-8471
or
9634-7145
Serenity Casket Blk 89 Geylang Bahru
#01-2736 Singapore 339697
6289-6689
or
9618-6689
Simplicity Casket Pte Ltd Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive
#01-575 Singapore 575711
6456-7423
Sin Eng Hin Undertaker Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1341
Singapore 319056
6251-1922
or
9815-6786
Singapore Casket Co. Pte Ltd 131 Lavender Street
Singapore 338737
6293 4388
Singapore Funeral Services Blk 3 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1347
Singapore 319055
6841 4666
or
9683 7725
Singapore International Casket Blk 78 Geylang Bahru Industrial Estate
#01-2910
Singapore 339686
6546 0307
or
9634 7145
Singapore Muslim Casket and Marble Contractor Pte LtdBlk 78 Geylang Bahru
#01-2910
Singapore 339686
6440 7259
or
9623 2464
Sin Ming Funeral Parlour Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive
#01-577/581
Singapore 575711
6456 8989
Telok Kurau Pengurusan JenazahBlk 78 Geylang Bahru
#01-2910
Singapore 339686
6298 1897
or
9623 2464
Tong Aik Undertaker 127 Lavender Street
Singapore 338737
6455 3832
or
9637 9909
Trinity Casket Pte Ltd Blk 38 Sin Ming Drive
#01-527/531
Singapore 575712
6451 4496
Union Casket Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1329
Singapore 319056
6353 8449
or
9118 8449
Western Casket Pte LtdBlk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1345A
Singapore 319056
6253 0001
or
9030 1000
World Casket Pte LtdBlk 37 Sin Ming Drive
#01-571
Singapore 575711
6457 2112
Wu Fu Funeral Parlour Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park
#01-1329
Singaproe 319056
6353 8449

source: National Environment Agency (NEA)

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