What is Epitaph Foundation?
Founded in 2009, Epitaph Foundation is a Singapore based non-profit online free archive service for those who wish to declare and register their faith, religious affiliation, dying and funeral wishes.
Why Epitaph Foundation?
Over the years, Singapore has witness the rise of multi faith families. Unfortunately, some religious leaders encourage converts to see their former faith and those of their family member, if different from them, in negative light and influence them to try to convert their families even their parents.
This attitude has resulted in many cases of religious harassment and unethical death bed conversion and discord within the family.
Everyone has the right to their belief and funeral choices. Epitaph Foundation offers you the opportunity to make known your choice and a public request that your family and friends should respect.
Who needs this?
It is good to give instructions to avoid conflicts within the family and to protect yourself from unethical conversion.
2) High Risk Victims
People especially at risk are those with family members of a different faith and with family members aggressively imposing their religious views on others.
Your children with different faith might not know how to arrange your funeral arrangements. You can request them to contact a person or religious institute to help.
Take this as an opportunity to think about the issue and ways to protect yourself and to identify family members or friends whom you can entrust to protect your choice.
Why should you register?
Protect yourself against unethical and/or deathbed conversion.
Help your children to understand what you want especially during period of your terminal illness.
Prevent your children from arguing the funeral you “should” or “like to have”.
What preparations do I need to do?
There are a few questions/issues to think about
1) The spiritual assistance you need during your critical illness
2) The funeral arrangement you want.
3) Person or religious organization to contact when you are dying or after you passed away.
4) Any message you like to leave for your family.
5) At least one family member or find us a witness
What happens after registration?
The registration should only take a few minutes if you have thought through the key questions above.
Once you complete the registration, you will be given a copy of the registration certificate. Your details can also be found online.
Keep the certificate and display if necessary to protect yourself against religious harassment in hospital, old folks home or hospice.
In case the paper copy is lost or destroyed; the original form can still be found on the website.
Inform a trusted family member or friend about this declaration.
RESPECT to the very last moment.
You have cared for your family members throughout your life. You have the every right to a funeral of your choice.
You deserve the respect!
How to register?
Please contact our registrar and bring along your NRIC and at least one witness:
Epitaph Foundation: 65334568
Contact Person: Henry Chia
Ean Keng Si Buddhist Temple: 62204649
Contact Person: Wang Li Wann
Khoon Chee Vihara: 67424868
Contact Person: Ven. Sek Mun Cheng
Singapore Buddhist Lodge: 67372635
Contact Person: Xiang Hong
Poh Ern Shih Temple: 64743926
Contact Person: Lee Boon Siong
Thye Hua Kwan Hospital: 64538033
(Ang Mo Kio)
Contact Person: Grace Tan
For a complete listing, please visit Epitaph Foundation website; http://www.epitaph.sg/