Cremations for Humans
Cremation serves as a funeral or post-funeral rite that is an alternative to the interment of an intact dead body in a coffin or casket. Cremated remains may be buried or interred in memorial sites or cemeteries, or they may be retained by relatives and dispersed in various ways.
Apart from religious reasons, people prefer cremation to traditional burial for personal or financial reasons. Cremation might also be preferable for environmental reasons.
ARRANGING A CREMATION
Cremations are carried out mainly at Mandai Crematorium. A cremation can be arranged either through a casket company or by applying directly at NEA (http://www.nea.gov.sg/passesaway/burial.htm).
There are also 2 private crematoriums, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and Tse Toh Aum Temple. Your may find their details on the NEA website.
It is much easier to use the services of a casket company as they are familiar with the process and paperwork involved. If a wake is being organized then the undertaker will also be able to take care of the cremation.
AFTER THE CREMATION
After the cremation at Mandai Crematorium the applicant will receive a “Collection of Cremated Remains” document which the applicant must produce when collecting the remains.
Mandai Crematorium will keep the remains for a period of one and half years (1.5 years).