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Deciding between burial or cremation

The body may be cremated or buried depending on the wishes and religion of the deceased. Prior to registration of death, the family should decide whether the body will be cremated or buried as this information is required when registering the death.

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.

Burial

The only cemetery in Singapore which is still open for burials is Choa Chu Kang Cemetery. With effect from 1 November 1998, the burial period for all graves will be limited to 15 years. At the end of the 15 years, the graves will be exhumed. For those whose religion permits cremation, the exhumed remains will be cremated and stored in columbaria niches. Where compulsory burial is required due to religious reasons, the remains will be re-buried in smaller individual plots.

Also read: Choa Chu Kang cemetery to be redeveloped again

Location
Place Address & Contact Opening Hours Booking Method
Choa Chu Kang Cemetery 910 Choa Chu Kang Road
Singapore 699819
Tel: 6793 7428
Fax: 6793 7400
08:30 – 1630 (daily) Phone, online or in person at the booking office.
Documents required
  1. Death Certificate (original)
  2. Permit to Bury (original)
  3. Identification papers of next-of-kin and applicant e.g. NRIC, Passport etc
  4. Letter of authorization (if applicant is not a next-of-kin)
Fees

Burial costs will be at $315 per plot for religions where burial is compulsory and $940 for religions that do not mandate burial.

Payment is to be made at the booking office before the burial. All cancellations and change of confirmed bookings have to be made by the applicant or next-of-kin of the deceased in person at the booking office, together with all the relevant documents.

Burial location Child Under 10 years old Adult
Choa Chu Kang Muslim Cemetery $140 $315
Choa Chu Kang Ahmadiyya Jama’at Cemetery $140 $315
Choa Chu Kang Jewish Cemetery $140 $315
Choa Chu Kang Parsi Cemetery $140 $315
Choa Chu Kang Bahai Cemetery $140 $315
All other cemeteries at Choa Chu Kang other than those listed above e.g. Christian, Chinese, Hindu, Lawn $420 $940

Also read: Crypt Burial System

Cremation

There are three crematoria in Singapore – one government-managed crematorium and two private crematoria. 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.

Location
Place Address & Contact Opening Hours Booking Method
Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex
(Government-managed)
300 Mandai Road
Singapore 779393
Tel: 6554 5655
Fax: 6459 5228
08:30 – 16:30 (Daily) Phone, online or in person at the booking office.
Please read the terms and conditions/rules and regulations of the Mandai Crematorium before making a booking.
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
(Private)
88 Bright Hill Drive,
Singapore 574117
Tel: 6849 5333
Fax: 6459 2258
09:00 – 15:00 (Daily) Only accepts booking of cremation services by casket or undertaker companies to avoid double-bookings.
All necessary papers will be provided and handled by the companies.
Tse Toh Aum Temple
(Private)
601 Sin Ming Drive,
Singapore 575719
Tel: 6454 7666
09:00 – 15:00 (Daily) Phone or in person at the booking office
Documents required
  1. Death Certificate (original)
  2. Permit to Cremate (original)
  3. Identification papers of next-of-kin and applicant e.g. NRIC, Passport etc
  4. Letter of authorization (if applicant is not a next-of-kin)
Fees

Cremation costs vary with different crematoriums. Payment is to be made at the booking office before the cremation. Payment modes include NETS, Cash Card or Credit Card. All cancellations and change of confirmed bookings have to be made by the applicant or next-of-kin of the deceased in person at the booking office, together with all the relevant documents.

Crematorium Managed By Adult
Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex Government Adult: $100
Child (below 10 years) : $50
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery Private $300 (cremation only)
$400* (cremation + urn storage)
Tse Toh Aum Temple Private $400 (cremation only)
$500* (cremation + urn storage)

* Price varies, depending on choice of urns and storage location

After cremation (storage or scattering of ashes)

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.
Also read: [Options for columbarium]

Ashes may also be scattered at sea. The Maritime Port Authority (MPA) has designated a site located about 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south of Pulau Semakau where cremated ashes can be scattered. This can be conducted daily, from 0700 hours -1900 hours. For further information on the scattering of ashes, please call the MPA’s Port Marine Safety Control Centre at 6325 2488.

Comparing to keeping the niche at a columbarium which can be from $1,180 to as high as $100,000, the scattering of ashes costs only from $80 to more than $1,000, depending on the religious rites. Scattering of ashes at sea is usually conducted with a religious ceremony and is assisted by the funeral directors. 

Also read: NEA to allow public to scatter ashes of loved ones inland

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on… – Irving Berlin

Updated on January 22, 2018

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