The hearse carrying Madam Melanie Lim May Shien's coffin to the Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium did not display her picture. Only her husband and six other relatives, all in masks, were present.
Her 12-year-old son, meanwhile, was covered in swatches and bandages at the National University Hospital, after she had allegedly slashed him before falling to her death.
Undertakers TNP spoke to said that “straight cases” — cremations with no wakes or processions — like in Madam Lim’s instance is very much a personal preference.
Said Mr Roland Tay, who founded Direct Funeral Services: “Different people have different thinking. In some cases, the deceased may have requested for his loved ones to go ahead with a simple cremation and do away with wakes.
Sometimes, it could also be a case of family members feeling too stressed to handle a loved one’s death.”