What to expect for a Christian Funeral Service in Singapore
The specific details of a Christian funeral service differ across the Church or house of worship that the departed was a member of. Family members usually get clarity on this from the relevant minister or pastor of the Church.
Christian funeral services in Singapore may last for several days depending on the wishes of the dearly-departed or their family and loved ones. A wake is typically held, when loved ones and mourners can gather to celebrate the life of the dearly-departed.
During the wake, mourners can give eulogies celebrating the life and habits of their loved one, or share stories and happy memories from when they were alive. Hymns are also a common part of Christian funeral services, and mourners may perform scripture readings and prayers. Following the wake, there are some common rituals that may be included in the funeral service:
Open Casket Viewing
As part of a Christian funeral service, an Open Casket Viewing is typically held so that family members, friends, and loved ones can pay their respects. This can be held for several days to allow as many people as possible to pay their respects and say their final goodbyes.
Following the viewing, a Commendation is often held in a Church or Christian funeral parlour. A pastor or minister will typically call for a period of silence before leadingthe prayer of Commendation, where the departed is commended to God as part of a final farewell. Mourners and family members may join in the prayer to celebrate the dearly-departed soul being entrusted to God’s love and mercy.
A final Committal takes place at the Church or funeral parlour before the burial or cremation service, and is the most solemn moment in a Christian funeral service. The Committal can be a highly emotional time for mourners, and The Life Celebrant is here to support you through the logistics of the day while ensuring your loved one is laid to rest with dignity and solemnity.