A bright, happy, laughing, funeral in Singapore.

  • DISCLAIMER: This post is relevant for funerals of senior individuals, who have led a ripe old age, and died a peaceful death.

5 sentences to describe how a chinese funeral looks like in Singapore:

1. It’s all very sombre (like Korean soap opera, prepare tissue box please.)

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2. Attendees, please wear black and white (Any other colours, especially bright ones – will make you like an ignorant dickhead.)

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3. And please also look down and sullen (*laughing and smiling equates to you being a heartless family member delighted by the individual’s death.)

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4. Repeated chanting of prayers (*I’m almost out of breath.)

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5. Cry and cry (*Like Mediacorp’s audition for the next female lead.)

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What happens when close family members do not keep a sombre face?

People may question if you’re a heartless daughter or son.
And ironically, those who attend engage in gambling, mahjong as a past time. (At a funeral??? Which is suppose to be a respectful occasion ..cough..cough…)

What goes through the head of the children of the deceased?

Shit. How do we split the inheritance?

What goes through the head of those who visit?

Why do I have to give Hongbao again? How much should I give? I should just seat there for a minimum of X hours to show face, before leaving. In the meanwhile, let me use my phone to play games and kill the waiting time off.

Let’s reform funerals!

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Why must the atmosphere be so depressing?
Why not celebrate the fact that the person has led a purposeful and meaningful life?             Why not reminicize on the good times, and what the person had offered to the world?

1) Wear whatever colour clothes you want!

2) Sing songs the deceased liked – of any genre e.g. pop, metal, rock, gospel.

3) Make use of the occasion to take a family potrait as majority of the family members would be there. The bright colour clothes would do justice to the picture.

4) Play games and laugh together.

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5) Sing your pain away. Sing the joy you feel when you reminisce the good times spent with that person.

Or simply put, bond through memories and good time spent together 🙂

Why the need for a grand funeral?
Why need Hongbao from others?

And what’s the purpose of regularly visiting the person after they have passed on?  It’s the heart that counts. It’s more meaningful to appreciate their presence and spend time with them while they are still alive, then to spend time with them only after they have passed on.

Cheers to a happy funeral decades down the road!

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