A funeral is essential as it functions not only as a ritual that provides the space for the bereaved to come to terms with their loss, mitigate their grief and articulate their sadness, but also as a ceremony to mark the end of a life well lived.
As such, a funeral is an anchor where the individuality and identity of the deceased can be remembered and celebrated. It is also an anchor for the community, serving as a conducive space for the bereaved and friends to exercise solidarity in a shared loss. The funeral also constitutes a marker and repository for generations after to understand their lineage and our cultural heritage of a nation, especially in a multi-racial nation like Singapore.
A funeral is an anchor in death, lending significance to our identities, communities and heritage.