SINGAPORE — From Monday (17 May), you will have the option of scattering the ashes of your loved ones at the Inland Ash Scattering Garden at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex.
The 9,500 sq m Garden of Peace @ CCK, the first of its kind in Singapore, is a secular facility whose services are open to all religious faiths for a fee of $320 (including GST). It has an open garden concept with designated lanes for walkways and ash scattering, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a media release.
Among its features, boundary shrubs and vegetation have been planted to clearly demarcate the garden boundary and provide sufficient privacy. Ash scattering lanes are separated and have been designed to allow ashes to naturally percolate into the soil underneath.
To maintain a clean and serene environment and its secular nature, religious ceremonies or rites, such as the burning of joss sticks and food offerings, will not be permitted within the garden. User-friendly features, such as wheelchair access and seating areas, are provided for families to participate in the ash scattering process.
The garden has been in the works since February 2021, when authorities began engaging religious groups, the funerary industry, and other stakeholder groups. NEA first announced in June 2018 that it would introduce inland ash scattering services at the Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complex and the new Mandai Crematorium Complex.
Such services are also available in countries such as South Korea, China and the US.
“We hope that Singaporeans will welcome the provision of inland ash scattering services as an additional option for the management of cremated human remains," said Chew Ming Fai, NEA Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director-General of Public Health.
In addition, NEA will also introduce inland ash scattering services at the new Mandai Crematorium Complex. The Garden of Serenity at the Complex will be completed in tandem with the new crematorium development, and is expected to be operational in 2022. More details will be announced when ready.
Those interested in inland ash scattering may apply at www.eportal.nea.gov.sg. The services provide include the pulverisation of cremated human remains into fine ashes, a one-time use canister to store the ashes and a two-hour session at the Garden of Peace.
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