When Death Occurs

The Complete Guide – Everything you need to know in 3 minutes.


Point of Death

Death could happen at Home, in Hospital, or abroad. The most important thing is to get a medically certified doctor to determine the cause of death. The Certification of Cause of Death is essential for funeral planning as well as death registration.

In special circumstances where the cause of death cannot be determined by a medically trained doctor, police will be involved, and The Body will be transported to Mortuary@HSA for possible autopsy.

Preparation for Funeral Proceedings

Upon obtaining the Certificate of Cause of Death, family members may proceed to contact registered funeral directors under the Association of Funeral Directors (Singapore), NEA for the funeral proceedings.

For booking of wake locations, family members will contact district Town Council (for HDB residences) and LTA (for utilization of common road for private residences).

Family members should consider the last orders or last will and testaments if any, on to determine if The Body will be cremated or buried.

For death abroad, Coffin Export Permit (from country of exporting), and Coffin Import Permit are required for Singapore Citizen and PR to import The Body into Singapore.

Death Registration

Family members will have to register the death at any Police Divisional HQ, NPC, NPP, or the Registry of Births & Deaths @ ICA Building. If The Body is referred to the Mortuary@HSA, the death will be registered on-site.


Having a proper send-off for the deceased is as equally important as having a good closure to the relationship. Family members and friends can have a good closure internalising Her life legacy, imparting Her knowledge, driving Her passion, and share Her wisdom to inspire others.

It is worth mentioning that family members and friends of the deceased should embrace the living.

Love the people around you entirely. Depend on them. Rely on them. And we just know, that no matter how much you pour yourselves onto these special group of individuals, they will hold on to you dearly without any complaints. They will go through every single thick and thin of your shared lives.



Give a Hug.

Say Thank you.

Breathe in. Breathe in Deep. Breathe Out.

Be Strong. Have Faith.

Celebrate Life. Celebrate Death.