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Hindu Funeral Services

Hinduism is considered the world’s oldest religion. With roots in the Vedic culture of ancient India, Hinduism is a complex religion with many variations and different schools of thought. However, several beliefs are shared by most Hindus, including the belief in one Supreme God, reincarnation and karma — the cosmic law of cause and effect.

Hindu Funeral Traditions

In Hinduism, the transition into death is viewed as a profound journey. Hindu funeral customs encompass both a commemoration of life and a reflection on the departed individual.

Following a loved one’s passing, a significant Hindu tradition involves lighting a lamp by the deceased’s head. This act symbolizes a guiding light for the departing soul, while family and friends assemble to offer their prayers. In line with Hindu customs, touching the deceased is not part of the tradition. Therefore, Hindu families often prioritize swiftly moving their loved ones to a funeral home. Here, the body undergoes washing.

Hindu Cremation and Hindu Mourning Period

In Hinduism, it is thought that the body can impede the soul from moving on to the next journey. For this reason, funerals typically take place rather quickly. Ideally, the family will want to hold the funeral right away so the body can be cremated in order to liberate the soul.

In India, the cremation ritual takes place on a pyre. A member of the family lights the pyre to start the cremation process. Hindu cremation in the United States may be accommodated by allowing a family member to start the cremation process.

Hindu funeral services may be held in a funeral home chapel or sometimes at the crematory. These Hindu funeral ceremonies are typically conducted by a Hindu priest, and songs, chants and scripture readings may be part of the service. At the end of the service, guests file past the casket and leave a single flower to pay final respects. After the conclusion of the ceremony, the cremation will occur.

After the cremation, the family usually has a meal and offers prayers in their home. This is the beginning of a 13-day Hindu mourning period during which friends and loved ones will visit to offer condolences. Sometimes the Hindu mourning period includes another ceremonial memorial within the month after the deceased has passed away. This Hindu funeral ritual is meant to support the spirits of the dead on their journey to the next life. In some instances, it’s also used to provide the community with another opportunity to say goodbye. The timing of this memorial can be determined by the family and their Hindu faith tradition.

Planning a Hindu Funeral Ceremony

Our team at Oakland County Cremation possesses the expertise and experience essential for effectively coordinating and conducting Hindu funerals and cremation ceremonies. Within our funeral homes, we provide cremation services, often featuring a private witness room where your family can gather to pay their last respects before the cremation process.

Be it navigating the intricate traditions of a Hindu funeral, arranging a swift funeral plan, or securing a Hindu priest to lead the service, we’re here to guide you. Locate a facility close to you and embark on the journey with us today.

Oakland Co Cremation Services

705 N. Main St, Unit #2

Clawson, MI 48017
United States
Phone: (248) 655 7032