Funerals are often a
time of distress for families and funeral arrangements under these
circumstances can be challenging to coordinate multiple issues.
The Archdiocese of Singapore, in helping to streamline the course of action for families of the deceased, is establishing broad principles which would assist the families.
- As a principle the funeral is normally
arranged at the parish of the deceased.
- The parish of the deceased is determined
by the parish that he/she normally had been attending for their Masses and
- Before arranging a time or day of
funeral and cremation, do contact the parish concerned to determine the
availability of a priest.
- In the event that the parish that was
contacted is not the parish of the deceased, it would be the duty of the
secretary to forward the information to the relevant parish and inform the
- The parish secretary will assist in
sourcing a priest of the parish or another priest for the families to conduct
the funeral rites.
- For all other logistics in relation to
the funeral day and rites, it will then be directed to the parish that will be
conducting the funeral.
- In the case of dispute, the territorial
parish will assume responsibility for the funeral.
- If the parish venue is not available, the
parish should arrange for an alternative venue.
- In exceptional cases, the Mass for the funeral can be held at the venue of the wake.