Talking about death does not exactly sound like an ideal afternoon conversation to have with your loved ones, but dying is also an inevitable fact of life, and there will come a point in time when you will have to plan and organize a funeral for someone close to you. This is why, as much as you would not like to think about it, it is important to have a basic understanding of funeral procedures and what expenses are usually incurred in the planning of one. Below is a quick guide that attempts to explain the most basic aspects of a funeral:
- The basic premise – funeral services Singapore basically contain three main parts to them: the preparation of the body, the funerary event and the internment of the body. There are different options when it comes to each of these parts. For example, do you prefer to have the body cremated or embalmed? What about the event – will you go with a traditional funeral in a well-lit and white parlour, or will you have a quick memorial by the graveside (or instead, will you go down the quirky route and have a do-it-yourself event?)? It is important to be aware of the options you have before you move forward with the proceedings.
- Veterans and funerals – one additional point to consider when it comes to the basics of funerals is the difference between regular funerals and funerals for veterans. Most countries will have a separate procedure for retired and active military and police professionals, and most of the time, these services will be provided free of charge at select national funeral parlours and institutions. It is also useful to know that in some countries, both the veteran and their spouse qualify for these special funerals.
- The wishes of the deceased – an important thing you should consider before you proceed with any of the services or packages the funeral undertaker tells you about is the will of the deceased. Most of the time, you will find that any deceased individual had some idea or plan as to how their funeral was to be carried out. It is basic respect to try and follow the wishes of the deceased so take them into consideration before you decide anything.
- Inform relatives and acquaintances – finally, know that funerals are expensive affairs, and that more often than not, it is hard to pay for them by yourself. It is perfectly acceptable to have the entire family chip in for expenses, and sometimes, you can expect financial contributions in the form of sponsors from your workplaces or associations the deceased was part of. Make sure to inform people of the death of your loved one so as to understand the size of your budget.