How Much Do Funerals Cost in Singapore?
A funeral can be an expensive undertaking. Unless you can shoulder costs easily, it’s very important to get an idea of what you should be paying or can afford to pay beforehand.
To help you with that, we came up with this guide discussing funeral costs you can expect in Singapore. So without further ado, let’s begin!
Average Cost of Packaged Funeral Services in Singapore
When planning a funeral in Singapore, there are different factors affecting cost. This includes the length of the funeral, the type of funeral, and religious rites (if applicable).
The basic rule of thumb is this: the more elaborate the planned funeral is, the more expensive costs will be.
If you’re looking for a no-frills funeral service, there are plenty of funeral homes in Singapore offering customised packages.
Depending on your family’s religious beliefs, you can choose to take on the services of providers specialising in Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, Catholic, Hindu, and Muslim funerals. Otherwise, there are also other options specialising in free thinker funerals for the non-religious.
To give you a better idea of how much to expect, check out this breakdown of average costs of funeral services in Singapore according to religion and length:
|Funeral Type||2 days||3 days||4 days||5 days||6 days||1 week|
Note that this price already covers everything including the funeral hall set-up, embalming, flowers, tables, chairs, casket, and burial or cremation costs.
Depending on your chosen service provider, some also offer value-added services such as coffee machine rentals and photo collages in their packages
Funerals in Singapore are typically held in HDB void decks. This means that the prices quoted above are held in HDB void decks too.
If you wish to hold the wake in a funeral parlour instead, note that you have to shoulder additional costs depending on the location and size of the parlour.
Average Cost of Funeral Services in Singapore
If you wish to lower costs significantly, then your family can decide to have a simple funeral without all the fanfare instead.
Just keep in mind that you have to do all the legwork yourself, from obtaining documents like the death certificate to making arrangements with different suppliers.
Here are some average costs of funeral services you can expect:
|Funeral Type||Average Costs|
|Casket (light wood, hard wood)||$1,000 - $10,000|
|Burial||$400 - $900|
|Cremation||$100 - $400|
|Columbarium||$500 (government) - $1,000 and above (private)|
|Urn||$70 - $1,000|
Take note that prices will depend on a couple of factors. For instance, urns that are made with high-quality materials like marble or ceramic will cost higher than wooden urns.
Your choice of crematorium or columbarium will also heavily influence cost. Government-managed facilities are naturally more affordable than private facilities.