Grave Exhumation


What is a Grave Exhumation?

A grave exhumation process involves the removal of a deceased’s remains from a grave. It is then relocated to a columbarium or at times known to be stored in an urn and returned to the family.

This practice is based on “The New Burial Policy” which was first introduced in 1988 to help Singapore tackle land scarcity. Based on the policy, the burial period has been limited to 15 years. Hence, graves generally will be exhumed after the period ends with the remains cremated as per the family’s traditions.

Increasingly, it is now common to witness family members opting for a private exhumation service for their loved ones. This is such that it gives them an added advantage i.e. the flexibility of selecting an auspicious time period for the exhumation to be conducted. While removing hassle for them in future dates when the burial period limit is reached, it also provides peace for families with the assurance that the entire process has been done properly according to their desires.

Typically a grave exhumation process when conducted privately will require the following:

  1. Determining chances of recovery
  2. Finding an auspicious time period
  3. Applying for an exhumation permit
  4. Holding prayer sessions
  5. Conducting the actual exhumation as well as post exhumation
  6. Cremating the remains
  7. Transporting ashes

Hence our service package are inclusive of and not limited to the following:

  • Registration and Site Survey
  • Selection of auspicious date and time as per deceased’s customs for the recovery
  • Planning of religious ritual arrangements
  • Witnessing the opening of the coffin
  • Cremation of remains
  • Providing Urns and Marble Plaque Services

As part of the Grave Exhumation, we will be providing a selection of beautiful urns that families can choose from to store their loved ones. We will also guide you through the steps to ensure that the urns are stored safely in either the public or private columbarium of your choice. Additionally, families who wish to opt for sea burial will also have the necessary arrangements done by us via boat or on shore.

Why Choose Us?

At Embrace Funeral Services, we believe in providing a meaningful and dignified closure for both the deceased and the grieving family. While ensuring that the deceased transitions smoothly into the afterlife, we want to help grieving families deal with this difficult period with utmost care and professionalism.

We take great importance in ensuring that the desires and needs of the deceased and each family are taken well care of. With our years of experience in handling various religious and non-religious funerals, we are knowledgeable to deliver a professional service that is customised to the way you desire to give your final send-off to your loved ones.

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