49 Day Prayer
After a funeral service ends, the memorial tablet, incense urn, and the deceased’s photograph will be placed in a temple or at home, for the 49 days of prayer.
According to Buddhist customaries, family members can perform a merit-making ceremony to share good karma with their loved one, helping the deceased in his/her new existence. The accumulation of merits can be done by going on a vegetarian diet, doing charitable acts, or inviting a monk to chant and perform prayer service before the tablet.
During these 49 days, the main focus will be on the first week (7th day), third week (21st day), fifth week (35th day), and the 49th day.
Additionally, it is customary for family members to prepare food offerings, flowers, and paper products to offer to their loved one, and to keep them in memory.
Our funeral directors will assist you in these customaries and guide you along the way. We can also make the necessary arrangements if needed, simply drop us a call today.
Gong Teck is an elaborate merit accumulation ceremony that can be conducted throughout the span of 1 to 3 days, depending on the family’s request. Buddhists and Taoists place heavy emphasis on ceremonies like this.
The ceremony involves burning of a big paper mansion, as well as the performance of religious rites led by the Buddhist or Taoist religious leaders. It is usually conducted on the 49th day, 100th day, 1st year, and 3rd year anniversary of the deceased’s death.
For the Buddhist service, there are various types of Buddhist scriptures that can be chanted. Buddhist monks will conclude the ceremony by conducting a Yogacara Ulka-mukha Dharma service, also known as the Releasing of the Flaming Mouth ritual. The ritual involves offering food to the hungry ghosts to release them from their suffering, hence accumulating merits that will be transferred to the dearly departed.
For the Taoist service, religious rites and rituals will be conducted based on the deceased’s ancestral roots and customaries. Elaborate rites will also be observed during such services. For more information or clarification, do call us.
Based on Singapore’s government legislation (New Burial Policy), exhumation may be conducted after the 15th year mark.
The buried coffin will be exhumed, and any human remains will be cremated. After which, the cremated remains can be stored ay any columbarium or be scattered into the sea, depending on religious requirements.
Our funeral director will conduct a site recee to determine the cost of exhumation services and help you with all necessary preparations.
We have a wide range of marbled and exquisite urns for your choosing, and we will be able to undertake such exhumation work to relocate your loved one to the final resting place.
Let our experienced funeral directors guide you through. Call us for more details.
Ancestral tablets are traditionally used to retain legacies and for family members to remember their loved ones. They can be housed at home or in a Buddhist temple.
Based on customaries, it is advisable that family members place the tablet at home as a form of filial piety. It is also good virtue to offer incense and flowers to the Ancestral Tablet, to keep them in memory.
That being said, in this modern day and age, many families might be uncertain about how to make offerings or the proper way to maintain such tablets. We are available to provide complimentary telephone support to guide you through the proper procedures.
If you would like to keep the tablet at home or transfer the tablet to another place (such as a temple), we will be able to help.