Funeral customs of Buddhist differ within their various sects and also from one country to the next. Some Buddhist funeral package is very simple and dignified while some are very ritualistic and traditional. It would be better if the family donates money to a good cause and transfer the merit to the deceased. This is better than spending lavishly on expensive rituals and traditions. For this, you can take help from Buddhist funeral service in Singapore to organize the same.
In Buddhist funeral package customs, service is presided over by monks, who deliver a sermon and perform Buddhist rites. If a monk is not available then others conduct the service. Rituals such as pouring water from a vessel into an overflowing cup, preaching, offering cloth to the presiding monk on the deceased’s and giving offerings or almsgiving are performed by family or other mourners to transfer the merit to the deceased. Few steps must be followed including the following:
- Chant appropriate prayers
- To symbolize that grief has left them the need for the support they should walk with sticks
- To sweeten the air they should burn incense
- Offer of flowers and fruit
- They should ring gongs or bells
Cremation is traditional but the deceased may be cremated or buried. Before the casket is sealed monks from Buddhist funeral service in Singapore perform the last rites and family members as a final act of service help in lifting the casket while others who are attending the service observe a moment of respectful silence. All the family members walk behind the coffin during the funeral procession, while all attendees should be sending noble thoughts to the family and contemplate the momentariness of life.