With the announcement of Tengah Air Base expansion - my family found out that my grandmother’s grave was among the 80,000 to be exhumed.
During the search, we were deciding between the options of privatised columbarium, temples and government-owned - the government-owned option was something my dad was more keen on. However, my brother suggested that we take a tour of private columbarium before committing to a choice. After some research, we came across one option that all of us agreed was a good fit - Nirvana Memorial Garden.
As we stepped into Nirvana Memorial Garden, the serene environment set us all at ease. We were ushered around the facilities by a patient and caring lady guide, Ms Xu who answered all our questions. After learning more about the history of Nirvana Memorial Garden, the guide shared with us the importance of Afterlife Pre-planning, and how many not being aware of this option.
Afterlife planning allows us to choose our final resting places, the way our funeral should be done - without stressing our loved ones, financially and mentally. Sometimes, these stresses cause families to fall out when they are confronted with the various arrangement options, all due to lack of planning beforehand.
This leads me to reflect deeply on how rarely we think of making these preparations beforehand, discussing end-of-life plans and options with our family while we are still healthy. It is difficult for anyone to make good choices when things happen, without the faintest idea of how, where to start, and what preferences our loved ones may have.
This inspired me as my calling - increase everyone’s awareness of how important afterlife pre-planning is, and more importantly - to care, prepare and support during these tough times of afterlife arrangements.