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Hindu Funeral Service

The Hindu faith holds that atma, the individual soul, has no beginning and no end and may, after the body dies, pass into another incarnation. Death is a sad occasion, but Hindu priests emphasize the journey ahead for the departed soul, and the funeral serves as a celebration as well as a remembrance.

Family members will pray around the body as soon as possible after death. People will avoid touching the deceased as it is considered polluting.

Funerals are usually held within 24 hours of the death. The body is washed, sanitized and dressed in white, traditionally Indian clothing.

Most Hindus choose cremation, which is intended to liberate the soul of the deceased for its ascent to heaven. Some communities, however, practice burial instead, and infants and children are always buried rather than cremated.

After the funeral service, the body may be transported to the home for a short ceremony before going to the crematorium. On the way, the funeral procession may pass places of significance to the deceased, such as a building or street. Prayers are said along the route and at the entrance to the crematorium.

A short service also takes place at the crematorium, where a last food offering is symbolically made to the deceased before the body is cremated. The family may or may not witness the cremation.

After the cremation, the family may have a meal and offer prayers in their home. This is the beginning of the 13-day mourning period when friends will visit and offer their condolences. The length of mourning period may vary depending on the deceased’s caste.

Cremation is performed at home, with the oldest male family member presiding and lighting the funeral pyre.

Flowers may be sent, although this is not traditional. Mourners typically wear white, but visitors are expected simply to wear subdued colors.

Guests leave the funeral service as soon as the cremation begins and then gather with the family for a meal and prayers. Friends may also visit the family to offer comfort during the 13-day mourning period. It is traditional for visitors to bring gifts of fruit to the grieving family.


  • Wide range of caskets
  • Wide range of Urns
  • Cold room facilities
  • Inward and outward repatriation of human remains
  • Planning of funeral arrangement
  • Obtaining burial permit and death certificate
  • Securing release of remains
  • Burial plot arrangement
  • Cremation arrangement
  • Qualified arterial embalming/dry ice
  • Make up services
  • Shroud western suit, Chinese traditional clothing and mourning clothing
  • Funeral parlour arrangement
  • Enlargement of photograph
  • Flowers
  • Canopy set-up
  • Music
  • Prayer materials
  • Catering
  • Professional Music band
  • Luxurious Mercedes hearse
  • Obituary in newspaper
  • Bus transportation