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Celebrations Under Moonlight

It’s that time of the year again, where the arrival of the Mid-Autumn Festival – falling on the 10th of September in 2022 – is just around the corner.  If Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival amongst Chinese communities around the world, then the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important. Originating…

Hungry Ghost Customs: Burning The Paper Ship & Da Shi Ye Effigy

The origins of the Hungry Ghost Festival are generally known to most Chinese communities. For Buddhists, the festival – also called Yulan Festival – started from Mulian, a disciple of Buddha, who saved his mother from her suffering in hell after he was taught the necessary chant and sacrificial offerings from Buddha. For Taoists, the…

A Companion In Grief To Move Forward In Life

When dealing with grief, having a companion who understands what you’re going through plays a big part in moving forward. For life practitioners at Xiao En’s Counselling & Support Department, their role as quiet companions to the bereaved is essential for families to find closure and emotional equilibrium in a life without their departed loved…

Returning Loved Ones To The Earth, Bringing Families Closure

With a press of a button, the cremator solemnly cremates the departed and bids them a final farewell. ” Cremation ” is the final part of the funeral service process. They’re the life practitioners who takes care of settling the departed into their final resting places, carry out the cremation process delicately and skill, and…

Kezman Kok, Funeral Care Consultant: The Departed Is The Funeral’s Protagonist

Funeral care consultants are the guiding lights of family members when dealing with funerals. They stand between life and death, watching the living and the departed. Kezman Kok says that the relationship between the departed and their family members can generally be observed from the body language of the family members, but it is a…

No Turning Back In The Journey Of Bereavement Care

The pillar and lifeblood of society’s foundation is in the contribution of hardworking people. Every person who works hard has his or her own story. Some do it for a living, some do it for a dream, some do it for the dignity of their work; some do it to aid the achievement of others.…

[Open Hearts] How Well Do You Know Your Parents?

Have you ever wondered how your parents met each other and fell in love? Do you know who is your mother’s favourite celebrity or your father’s favourite food? When was the last time you’ve told your parents “I love you”? When it comes to knowing personal details, some of us know our friends better than…

Bereavement Care: Meticulously Preparing Dignified Farewells

The bereavement care professional decorates the mourning hall with his hands, prepares the offerings, bids farewell to every departed, and concludes the last journey of the departed’s life. As the protagonist of a funeral is the departed, the arrangement of the funeral’s ceremonial rites and offerings requires the bereavement care professional to be meticulous and…