Singapore is arguably one of the best countries in the world and one that is bustling with life. It also happens to be one of the most expensive countries to live in. Therefore, it is natural to wonder how expensive it can be, even at the end of one’s life. If you have ever wondered how much it costs to hold a funeral, here is a breakdown of what to expect.
Funeral home costs
When a person dies, their body is immediately taken to a funeral home where it is preserved or embalmed and prepared for burial. This process is important because it provides time for the family to grieve their loved ones and prepare funeral activities.
The funeral home costs will depend on various factors, such as the type of services you require and additional services such as hearse services. The cost may also vary depending on the number of days that the body will be preserved at the funeral home. Keep in mind that there are multiple religions in Singapore, and there are funeral homes that cater to specific religious groups. Buddhist funeral home services range from as low as $3,780 to as high as $8,580. The cost of services provided by Christian funeral homes ranges from as low as $3,780 to $8,280.
Taoist funeral homes also charge similar costs, although some go as high as $10,680. Soka funeral costs may range between $3,800 and $7,580. There are also funeral services that cater to non-believers, and they may also charge within the same range as the funeral homes that cater to different religious groups.
The cost of a casket
Many religious groups that use funeral home services also require caskets to carry the deceased, and so the cost of a casket has to be factored in. Unfortunately, they can be quite pricey in Singapore. If you are in the market for a decent coffin, then you should be prepared to pay a minimum of around $4,300, while the maximum price may even cross the $10,000 threshold.
The cost of cremation
Cremation is unsurprisingly the cheapest type of funeral you can conduct in Singapore, although it will still cost a significant amount of money. Cremation services in Singapore cost around $1,300 whole the cost of the cremation casket is also similarly priced at $1,300. If this is the option that the deceased preferred, it will be far cheaper than the other available options. This is especially considering that there are no other costs, such as hearse services or burial plots.
The cost of a grave in a public cemetery in Singapore is not as high as in many other places. For example, they may range from as low as $140 to as high as $420 for children under 10 years old and as low as $315 to as high as $940 for adults.
Note that these are just some of the major costs you can expect to encounter when planning a family member or friend’s funeral. There are other costs to be considered, such as posting an obituary notice in a newspaper or the cost of funeral flowers and even the fee for the religious leader presiding over the ceremony. This means that the overall cost will be significantly high.