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Paper offerings at a funeral during circuit breaker

"May 13 was a day when my brother-in-law passed away after a long bout of illness. His son & grandson arrived in Singapore from Gold Coast and just checked into a hotel to fulfill their SHN stay requirement. It was a stressful period for the family who was observing a traditional Taoist funeral rites for the deceased where the son’s presence for the final sendoff is an important part of the ritual. While the women stepped up to the challenges of managing the 4 day event while circuit breaker measures are in place, it was a relief when the boys were granted exception to pay their respects for 3 hours each day including the day of cremation. A compassionate gesture by the authorities were greatly appreciated. A sad occasion but the wake was not a lonely affair as relatives and friends came to bid their final farewell in an orderly manner, within 10 persons limit at any one time and as per safe distancing requirements. It was a time also to appreciate the opportunity given for family to be together in time of grief and to wish the deceased, a good journey to another. The circuit breaker requirement made this, a dignified send off without the traditional cymbals & bands." --Contributed by Linda Lim Peck Lian, as part of the "Documenting COVID-19 in Singapore" collection community call.

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All rights reserved. Linda Lim Peck Lian, 2020


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