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Jakartans opt for prepaid funeral plans amid concerns over growing individualism in society

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 18, 2019   /  04:40 pm
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A worker of the Jakarta Parks and Cemetery Agency cleans the grounds at Pondok Kelapa Public Cemetery in East Jakarta on Feb. 21. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

From purchasing a plot of land in a cemetery and arranging transportation to managing memorial services, there are many things mourners must do after a family member passes away. While most families in Indonesia rely on neighbors as the closest people to help take care of funeral arrangements, other residents opt to be dependent on themselves on the back of concerns of an increasingly individualistic urban society. Some have started to rely on funeral homes to take care of their future funerals.  Titin Novita, 45, is one such Individual. She recently applied for a pre-paid funeral plan offered by the Bunga Kemboja Foundation, an organization that specializes in providing funeral services located in South Jakarta. Under the program, Titin is required to pay a small amount of money every month in exchange for a funeral service when she passes away. “I was asked to...