Grave Exhumation | Niche Relocation
Our ancestors’ buried remains are referred to as “huang jin” which translates to “gold” or “treasure”. Hence, grave exhumation in Singapore is also commonly known as “picking of treasures”.
As the name suggests, this signifies the importance of our ancestors’ remains. Comparing the remains to gold is a fitting metaphor. After all, our departed loved ones occupy a space in our hearts that no one else can replace. Moreover, digging up the gold you have buried requires a level of care and consideration.
Hence, the grave exhumation service as well as the niche relocation process is one of the important funeral services in Singapore and should not be taken lightly. This involves various chanting ceremonies and other fengshui factors to ensure that it is carried out in a proper and auspicious manner.
Shifting the resting place of our ancestors to a better location will benefit the descendants and bring prosperity to the family.
There are various reasons for Grave Exhumation and Niche Relocation:
- Family Relocation: Relocating deceased family members together will make it more convenient for descendants to pay their respects.
- Government policy: In Singapore, burials that have reached a maximum of 15 year period have to be exhumed and relocated based on the family’s religious traditions.
- Fengshui: Existing fengshui might be compromised due to flooding or external factors.
- Physical environment factors: Relocating to a columbarium will allow the descendants to pay respects to their ancestors in a comfortable and peaceful indoor environment.
- Filial piety: The living would like to provide a better resting place for their ancestors as a sign of filial piety which is a desirable trait of the descendants.
Our Grave Exhumation Package
Package inclusive of:
- Site survey (take photos of cemetery location) and assist in application for grave exhumation permit with NEA.
- Selection of auspicious dates for grave exhumation (Propose 5-7 dates for selection)
- Groundbreaking Ceremony (A few days to a week prior to the day of Grave Exhumation)
- Chanting Ceremony (on the day of Grave Exhumation)
- Grave Exhumation (to be carried out after sunset), remains will be rinsed with Rice Wine and sent for cremation.
- Urn will be sent to preferred Columbarium Niche for urn settlement.
- Chanting Ceremony for the arrival of Urn at the Columbarium Niche.
- Conclude the Grave Exhumation process.