Disposition of Remains

The following information is submitted in accordance with the referenced requirements. The laws and information gathered are from the Statute of Singapore, Environmental Public Health Act and National Environment Agency

Part I.  Singapore

Part II.  U.S. Embassy or Consulate Information

American Embassy
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508
Phone: 65-6476-9100
Fax: 65-6476-9232
After Hours Phone: 65-6476-9100

Part III.  Profile of Religions of the Host Country and Religious Services available to visitors.

Country Profile:  Various Religions 

Religious Activities For Visitors

“Singapore is a multi-cultural country with many different types of temples, churches and other places of worship. Many Christian churches conduct services in Mandarin and English; a number of churches also have services in other languages such as Bahasa, Thai and Tagalog.

Most major religions are represented in Singapore, to include the following: Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Seventh-day Adventist, Baptist, Church of Christ, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Christian Scientist, Jewish, Pentecostal, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Armenian, Hindu, Islamic, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai and Taoist.”

This website lists temples and churches:  www.yellowpages.com.sg

Part IV.  Funeral Directors, Mortician and Related Services Available in the Host Country:

Funeral Directors in Singapore :

To facilitate your search for a funeral director, the members of the Association of Funeral Directors (Singapore) are listed below.

1. 1Stop Buddhist Funeral Services

Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive #01-571

Singapore 575711

Tel: 6452 9588

 

2. 24 Hours Funeral Services

Blk 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2726

Singapore 339696

HP: 9734 9909

 

3. ALL SAINTS Care Services

127 Lavender street

Singapore 338735

Tel: 6341 7117 HP: 9637 9909

 

4. Ang Chin Huat Casket Pte Ltd

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1345A

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6254 9866

 

5. Ang Chin Moh Funeral Directors Pte Ltd (Flying Home)

Blk 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2724

Singapore 339696

Tel: 6226 3333

 

6. Ang Chin Moh Undertaker

Blk 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2724

Singapore 339696

Tel: 6292 4376

 

7. Ang Yew Seng Funeral Pariour

Blk 38 Sin Ming Drive #01-537/545

Singapore 575712

Tel: 6456 8557 HP: 9780 1526

 

8. Budget Casket And Funeral Services

Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive #01-571

Singapore 575711

Tel: 6456 5195 HP: 9839 2613

 

9. Casket Company Embalming & Funeral Services Pte Ltd

Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive #01-575

Singapore 575711

Tel: 6456 7423

 

10. Casket Fairprice Pte Ltd

Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive #01-567 / 569 / 571 / 573

Singapore 575711

Tel: 6455 9909 / 6458 9909

 

11. Chye Seng Undertaker

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1343 / 1345

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6251 2833  HP: 9638 5720

 

12. Direct Funeral Services Pte Ltd

Blk 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2718

Singapore 339696

Tel: 6555 1115 / 9771 6477

 

13. Direct Indian Casket

Blk 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2718

Singapore 339696

Tel: 6296 5051 HP: 9119 5051

 

14. Direct Singapore Funeral Services & Embalming

127 Lavender Street

Singapore 338735

Tel: 6555 1115 HP: 9637 9909

 

15. Flying Home Pte Ltd

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1345A

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6253 0001 HP: 9030 1000

 

16. Goh Soon Moh Undertaker

Blk 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2728

Singapore 339696

Tel: 6292 4783  HP: 9628 8178

 

17. Hindu Casket

Blk 88 Geylang Bahru #01-2718

Singapore 339696

Tel: 62224444  HP: 92224444

 

18. Hosanna Bereavement Services Pte Ltd

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1333

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6352 7797  HP: 9760 2279

 

19. Lee Teoh Heng Undertaker

Blk 87 Geylang Bahru #01-2706

Singapore 339695

Tel: 6299 1049 / 6294 0274

 

20. Mount Vernon Sanctuary Pte Ltd

121 Upper Aljunied Road

Singapore 367878

Tel: 6285 4111  HP: 9796 1636

 

21. Roland Tay Funeral Services

127 Lavender Street

Singapore 338735

HP: 9637 9909 / 9777 4444

 

22. Serbaguna Muslim Funeral Services & Contractor Pte Ltd

Blk 78 Geylang Bahru #01-2910

Singapore 339686

Tel: 6440 8471  HP: 9634 7145

 

23. Serenity Casket

Blk 89 Geylang Bahru #01-2736

Singapore 339697

Tel: 6289 6689  HP: 9618 6689

 

24. Simplicity Casket Pte Ltd

Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive #01-575

Singapore 575711

Tel: 6456 7423 / 6454 8167

 

25. Sin Eng Hin Undertaker

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1341

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6251 1922  HP: 9815 6786

 

26. Singapore Casket Co. Pte Ltd

131 Lavender Street

Singapore 338737

Tel: 6293 4388

 

27. Singapore Funeral Services

Blk 3 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1347

Singapore 319055

Tel: 6841 4666  HP: 9683 7725

 

28. Singapore International Casket

Blk 78 Geylang Bahru Industrial Estate #01-2910

Singapore 339686

Tel: 6294 1368  HP: 9634 7145

 

29. Singapore Muslim Casket and Marble Contractor Pte Ltd

Blk 78 Geylang Bahru #01-2910

Singapore 339686

Tel: 6440 7259  HP: 9623 2464

 

30. Sin Ming Funeral Parlour

Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive #01-577 / 581

Singapore 575711

Tel: 6456 8989  HP: 9700 1013

 

31. Telok Kurau Pengurusan Jenazah

Blk 78 Geylang Bahru #01-2910

Singapore 339686

Tel: 6298 1897  HP: 9623 2464

 

32. Tong Aik Undertaker

127 Lavender Street

Singapore 338737

Tel: 6455 3832  HP: 9637 9909

 

33. Trinity Casket Pte Ltd

Blk 38 Sin Ming Drive #01-527 / 531

Singapore 575712

Tel: 6451 4496  HP: 9677 7321

 

34. Union Casket

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1329

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6353 8449  HP: 9118 8449

 

35. Western Casket Pte Ltd

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor. 8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1345A

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6253 0001

 

36. World Casket Pte Ltd

Blk 37 Sin Ming Drive #01-571

Singapore 575711

Tel: 6457 2112  HP: 9839 2613

 

37. Wu Fu Funeral Parlour

Blk 4 Toa Payoh Lor.8 Toa Payoh Industrial Park #01-1329

Singapore 319056

Tel: 6353 8449

 

For more information, please refer to the Association of Funeral Directors (Singapore) website here. This information is provided for reference only. The National Environment Agency (NEA) is not responsible for the actions of any of the service providers mentioned above. You are encouraged to make your own enquiries or to seek independent advice where necessary.

You are under no obligation whatsoever to use the services from this list of service providers and are free to source for alternative service providers. More companies providing such services can be found in the Yellow Pages/telephone directory.

DISCLAIMER: The U.S. Embassy Singapore, Republic of Singapore assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians and other service providers.

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Part V.  Profile of services available in the host country regarding preparation and shipment of remains:

The purpose of this section is to describe:

a.  Disposition of Remains (general): A body which is not embalmed can normally be kept up to 72 hours at the mortuary of all hospitals in Singapore.  However, most of them have very small capacity.  The Mortuary@HSA, Forensic Medicine Division of the Health Science Authority of Singapore has a capacity of up to 53.  In unnatural death cases the Coroner will determine if an autopsy is required.  If a doctor is unable to determine the cause of death, or a death has been the result of or has been contributed by an unnatural event (e.g. surgical complication, a fall prior to admission), the doctor is under the requirement of the law (Criminal Procedures Code) to refer the case to the Police / Coroner. In such cases, the body will be sent to Mortuary@HSA (located at Block 9 Singapore General Hospital) in a Police Hearse.

At the Mortuary@HSA
• The Police Investigator will arrange for the family to view and identify the deceased’s body in the presence of the Coroner.
• The Coroner will review the case and determine if an autopsy is required.
• The family will be informed of the Coroner’s decision and the time to claim the body for the funeral.If the autopsy reveals that the death is unnatural, the Police will need to conduct further investigations into the cause of death and the family will need to assist. Once the investigation is completed, the family will be told by the Police to attend a Coroner Inquiry at the Subordinate Courts.

b.   Specific facts relating to embalming, cremation, caskets, exportation, documentation requirements, preparation, shipment, and exhumation:

See “f” below or refer to information at National Environmental Agency- Other Death Related Matters.

c.   As applicable, please include any unique circumstances which may apply to post; for example, special requirements for deaths by infectious disease or under suspicious circumstances:

See “a” above and “f” below.

d.   Shipping:

In-country transportation is not applicable.  Singapore is an international hub and most major airlines fly to and from Singapore on a weekly or daily basis.

e.   Local authorities responsible for licensing funeral directors and morticians:

Funeral homes in Singapore are run as businesses that belong to the Association for Funeral Directors, which oversees standards and regulates  members.

f.    Local authorities responsible for making findings regarding the cause of death and for issuing death local certificates:

Doctors or Authorized Officers (i.e. Forensic Death Investigators) from the Ministry of Health are the local authorities responsible for making findings regarding the cause of death and for issuing death local certificates.

(1)     Maximum period Before Burial of Remains:

Burial in Singapore is covered by Chapter 95 of the Environmental Public Health Act of the Statutes of the Republic of Singapore Revised 1988.  The statutes do not provide regulations regarding the maximum period before burial, unless the deceased had died of an infectious disease and in such cases, the Director General will make the decision on when and how the remains are to be handled.

When embalmed, a body can be stored up to several weeks and arrangements for this are done by the funeral home.  A body which is not embalmed can normally be kept up to 72 hours at all hospitals in Singapore. In exceptional cases, such as those in which the next of kin is not present, permission may be granted to store the body for longer periods at Mortuary@HSA.

Foreigners are allowed to be buried in Singapore only if they are also a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident or if their immediate next-of-kin is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident. The National Environment Agency does not approve the import of other foreign person’s remains to Singapore for burial due to the limited size of Singaporean burial grounds. A burial permit is required and can be obtained from the E-Services, National Environment Agency.  Your chosen funeral director will assist you with such an application. The Registry of Births and Deaths or the police may issue a Death Certificate.

(2)    Embalming:

Facilities exist in Singapore for embalming.  Embalming should be completed as soon as possible after death.  Embalming may be performed by any licensed mortician.  The funeral home will assist you with this. A body which is not embalmed can normally be kept up to 72 hours at the mortuary of all hospitals within Singapore.   When embalmed, a body can be stored up to several weeks and arrangement for storage is done by the funeral home.

(3)    Cremation:

Singapore law permits cremation. There are three crematoriums, including a modern crematorium (gas) at Mandai Crematorium, 300 Mandai Road, Singapore.  A letter of authority from the next of kin or their authorized agents is required, as well as a death certificate (issued by either the Registrar of Births and Deaths or the police). with a Cremation Permit. Next-of-kin are advised not to place any valuables in the coffin for cremation as they will be completely destroyed at high temperatures in the cremator. After cremation, the ashes of the deceased can be repatriated, stored at home or in a columbarium, or scattered at sea. Contact the Port Marine Safety Control Centre at telephone number: 6325 2488 for information on scattering of ashes. Note that Singapore law does not allow for the cremation of remains if the deceased’s religion is indicated as Jewish or Muslim on the application, in such cases it is best to indicate the religion as “other”. NOTE: Singaporean cremation procedures do not result in the same sized fine ash as it does in the United States, but in somewhat larger-sized pieces of bone. For an additional charge, the bones can be processed into finer bones or ash. When speaking with a funeral director or associates, our office recommends being politely upfront and specific about what kind of cremation service you would like performed.

(4)     Caskets and Containers:

Caskets and containers as prescribed in 7 FAM 257 – Shipment of Remains to the United States, are obtainable in Singapore and meet the Singapore regulations for shipment out of the country.

(5)    Exportation of Human Remains:

Singapore regulations require that an export permit be obtained before a body may be shipped out of Singapore. The funeral director can assist with such arrangement or you refer to E-Services, National Environment Agency for further information. The deceased’s passport must travel with the body.

(6)    Exportation of Cremated Ashes:

The shipment of a deceased’s ashes does not require an export permit, but the ashes must be placed in a metal lined urn, accompanied by an official death certificate and a cremation certificate.

(7)    Costs: 

All prices are approximated and listed in local currency: Singapore (SGP) dollars. Please contact a funeral home for a quotation.

SGP Dollars

Local interment without embalming (cost of casket & burial fee, manpower service charge)

 

3895-8496
Local interment with embalming (cost of casket, embalming & burial fee, manpower fee) 4216-8817
Cremation with embalming (cost of casket, embalming, & cremation fee, manpower fee) 3150-7751
Cremation without embalming (cost of casket & cremation fee) 2882-7483

 

Preparation for shipment:

  SGP Dollars
Cost of casket (variable) and manpower fee 1150-4300
Embalming for export 550-850
Packing & sealing (Wooden packing) 600-1500
Administrative charges & Manpower 1200-1550
Fumigation 150

Air freight charges including document, handling charges and airway bill (unable to quote since it’s dependent on airlines and destinations)

SGP Dollars
Estimated cost for shipment of remains to the U.S. 7768-15650
Shipment of ashes in urn to U.S.: Air freight 850-1580
Shipment of ashes in urn to U.S.: Cost of urn 200-280

 

(8)     Exhumation and Shipment:

Under the Singapore Statutes Revised Edition 1988, CAP 95 Environmental Public Health Act Section 82, a body may not be exhumed without a license granted by the Commissioner of the Environment or by special court order.    Exhumation is normally not permitted when the death was caused by a dangerous infectious disease or when less than five years have elapsed after burial unless it is determined that there are special reasons requiring exhumation.

Application to exhume must be made by prescribed form to the Commissioner of Environment Public Health, Ministry of Environment. An export permit must be obtained before shipment of exhumed remains.  If exhumed remains are cremated, no export permit is required for shipment of the ashes.

Cost of exhumation, cremation and shipment of ashes in aluminum can be obtained upon request from the funeral director.

(9)     Local Customs Regarding Funerals, Disposition of Remains, Mourning, and Memorial Services:

The funeral home will generally advise on all matters according to the deceased’s religion, personal wishes of the family, and other cultural norms.

As a multi-ethnic society where Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions coexist, funeral rites and ceremonies are available for a wide variety of religions (including Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Taoist and others) depending on the particular affiliation of the family and the wishes of the deceased or the Next-of-Kin.

The Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex, comprised of multiple cemeteries of different faiths, is the only cemetery in Singapore still open for burials.

Given the scarcity of land in Singapore, by law, bodies must be exhumed after 15 years. For those whose religion permits cremation, the exhumed remains will be cremated and stored in columbaria niches. Where compulsory burial is required due to religious reasons, the remains will be re-buried in smaller individual plots.