In No Man's Land: The Dislocation of Death in Singapore

From colonial times to nation-building in the 20th and 21st centuries, the tensions between the living and the dead in Singapore continue to grow. How has the general population and bereavement experts reacted to the changing narratives in the management of death in Singapore? Onto whom does the responsibility for the management of death of your loved ones in Singapore lie?

Bernard Chen highlights these relatively overlooked issues and shares what are the roles the public and policymakers play in managing death in our land-scarce city.

Bernard holds a Masters of Studies in Global and Imperial History from the University of Oxford. He is presently a project executive and researcher at Ang Chin Moh Foundation. Through his work, he strives to better enhance the perception of the funeral profession and enhance Singaporeans' death literacy. He aims to see a national conversation on death in the near future, together with many smaller conversations among policymakers.

"At the end of it all, that human body is not just a body, it is Mum or Dad."
(photo credit Francis Siew from
  • Title was changed to "In No Man's Land: The Dislocation of Death in Singapore ". Diff 2017-08-08 02:53:13
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