S’pore First Garden for Inland Ash Scattering Open In Choa Chu Kang Cemetery on May 17
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has introduced Singapore’s First Garden for scattering cremated human ashes at Choa Chu Kang CemeteryComplex on May 11, 2021. The Garden of Peace @ CCK the inland ash scattering site will begin operations on May 17, 2021. Currently, these are the existing options for managing the cremated ashes of the deceased storage within columbarium niches or at home or scattering at Sea.
Inland Ash Scattering (IAS) serves as an additional option for the management of cremated human ashes in Singapore. For those who are interested in IAS, an application has to be submitted to NEA, and successful applications will receive a confirmation slip. There will be a fee of S$320. After cremation, the families of the deceased can collect and sent the ashes to be ground into a fine powder at Choa Chu Kang or Mandai crematoriums and only fine ashes should be scattered in the garden.
The pebbles enable the deceased’s ashes to be washed into the soil either through the watering cans and taps provided for the family of the deceased or with the sprinklers. Burning of joss sticks, playing of instruments, music, or food offering will be prohibited n order to maintain a serene and secular environment. Each family will have two hours to complete their ash scattering and rites.
There are four separate ash scattering lanes lined with shrubs and vegetation in the garden to provide privacy to the families of the deceased and the garden is also accessible by wheelchair and has seating areas for families to observe and participate in the ash scattering process.