Asian Funeral Service

Harmony Funeral Care has incorporated a specialist Asian Funeral Service that is dedicated to the needs of the Asian Community. We have the most complete Asian Funeral Service in the UK. We cover the whole of the UK serving the needs of the Asian community.

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On board with us we have the most experienced Asian funeral directors in the UK. We have staff from both the Sikh and Hindu communities. We fully understand the needs of these communities and can offer a full package that can make it so much easier for families dealing with losing a loved one.

We can speak the language of your mother tongue to make arrangements easier; this also allows us to liaise with an older generation who many have difficulties speaking and understanding English. Asian funerals will be conducted and arranged by one of our specialist team, we can talk you through what the process is in regards to an Asian Funeral.

Sikh Funerals

Sikh funeral

The Sikhs believe in the cycle of life or reincarnation which certain actions and attachments bind to this cycle. The soul itself is not subject to death. Death is only a progression to the journey from god, through the created universe, and back to god again. The Sikhs try to constantly be mindful of death so he or she can be sufficiently prayful, and the righteous to break the cycle of birth and death and return to god. Because the soul never dies there is no mourning at the death of Sikhs. There is most praying at a funeral so the soul can be released from the bonds of reincarnation and to become on with God again.

Before the funeral Sikhs prepare a yogurt bath for the body while reciting prayers.  Afterwards the body is dressed in new clothes. A sikh is dressed along with the 5 K’s of Sikhi, which are Kesh, uncut hair, Kirpan is a Sikh knife that represents compassion and one’s task to defend the truth, Kara which is a stainless steel bracelet and Kachera which is special Sikh underwear and finally Kanga is a small comb.

On the funeral day there is a small ceremony that takes place at home before the cremation. To start the service there is an Ardass or community prayer. The minister may present to offer prayers and say a few words but this is optional if the minister wants to. At this point the Chopai Sahib is recited followed by reciting Satnam Waheguru. At the Crematorium the final Sikh prayer Kirtan Sohila is recited before the cremation begins. The guests can leave and the service last usually about 30 to 60 minutes.

After that there is a service at the Gurdwara.  The words Satnam Waheguru are chanted through the service to help release the soul to return to the infinite. This second ceremony which is a service in itself can up to about an hour.

Hindu Funerals

Hinduism teaches that even if the bodies die, atman ("AHTmahn") or the individual soul, doesn’t have a beginning or end. When a death occurs they may pass into another reincarnation, which depends on the karma, or consequences of one’s actions, reaped from the life that just ended, and as the previous lives before that. If though many lifetimes, the deceased has realized the true nature of reality, the individuality of the soul will be lost upon death and it will become on with Braman, 
the One, All-Encompassing soul.

The family wake up before sunrise and have a purifying bath. The main ceremony involves a fire sacrifice , in which offerings are given to the ancestors and to other gods, to ensure the deceased has a peaceful afterlife. The ceremony usually takes place before the cremation. Also there will always be a open casket and the guests are expected to see the  body.

The people that give the ceremony would be a priest or the senior member of the family. The books that are used during the ceremony would be special books containing mantras for funeral services. Only the priest use these during the ceremony.

What happens at the cremation is the last food offering is symbolically made to the deceased and then the body is cremated with flowers surrounding the body. The cremation ceremony is called mukhagni ("moo-KAHG-nee").
The following list of items are necessary for the pooja:

Hindu funeral
  • Abil
  • Gulal
  • Chandan
  • Kanku
  • Chokha (rice)
  • Tal (Sesame seeds)
  • Jav (Barley)
  • Agarbati
  • Sandle Wood Garland
  • Sandle Wood Log
  • Ganga Jal
  • Kodiu
  • Suttar
  • Kanthi
  • Mara
  • Havan Samagri
  • Pavirtri Vite (Ring)
  • Tulsi Mala
  • White Cloth 2.5 Metres
  • Panchdhatu
  • Small Clay Pot
  • 4 x Packets of Butter
  • 4 x Coconuts
  • 5 x Tulsi Pan
  • 1.25 lbs Rice Flour
  • Panchamrat
  • 1.25 lbs Rawkhichda in White Material
  • Fresh Flowers Garland and Petals

These items are required at the Crematorium for Uthamnu:

  • Diwo
  • Aggarbati (incence sticks)
  • 2 x Flowers
  • Rice

These items can be ordered from us and will be delivered when you come to visit us at the funeral home before the funeral. All these items should be placed in small bowls at least one day before the funeral and should be checked by the Priest before the funeral cortege arrives.

 

Our Terms of Business

1 Estimates and Expenses

Our price list sets out the services we agree to supply. This is an indication of the charges likely to be incurred on the basis of the information and details we know at the current time. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of our price list, the charges are liable to alteration particularly where third parties change their rates or charges. We may not know the amount of third party charges in advance of the funeral; however, we will give you a best estimate of such charges. The actual amount of the charges will be detailed and shown in the final invoice. If you amend your instructions we will require your written confirmation of the changes. We may need to make an extra charge in accordance with prices published in our current price list. We will add VAT to our charges, where applicable, and at the rate applicable when we prepare the invoice.

2 Payment Arrangements

The funeral account is due for payment at least 48 hours prior to the funeral taking place, unless otherwise agreed by us in writing. If you fail to pay us in full on the due date we will charge a late payment fee of £250 and may charge you interest:

We may recover (under Clause 3) the cost of taking legal action to make you pay.

3 Indemnity

You are to indemnify us in full and hold us harmless from all expenses and liabilities we may incur (directly or indirectly including financing costs and including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) following any breach by you of any of your obligations under these Terms. This means that you are liable to us for losses we incur because you do not comply with these Terms. For example, we will charge you an administration fee where we receive a cheque from you which is subsequently not honoured or if we write to remind you that an account is overdue. If we instruct debt collection agents we may also recover from you the fees we incur. Further details regarding these fees are available on request. We may claim those losses from you at any time and, if we have to take legal action, we will ask the Court to make you pay our legal costs.

4 Data Protection

Words shown in italics are defined in the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”). We respect the confidential nature of the information given to us and, where you provide us with personal data (“data”), we will ensure that the data will be held securely, in confidence and processed for the purpose of carrying out our services. In order to provide our services we may need to pass such data to third parties and those third parties, who are performing some of the services for you, may contact you directly. Under the Act you have the right to know what data we hold on you and you can, by applying to us in writing and paying a fee, receive copies of that data.

5 Cooling-Off Period

The Cancellation of Consumer Contracts made in the Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008 may give you the right to terminate this agreement in the cooling-off period of seven days. If you wish the performance of the agreement to which this right applies to commence before the end of the cooling-off period, you must sign the authority in the form which will be handed to you. In the event that you exercise the right to cancel this contract during the cooling-off period, you will be required to pay a reasonable amount for goods and services already supplied.

6 Termination

This agreement may also be terminated before the services are delivered: (1) by us if you fail to honour your obligations under these Terms and (2) by you communicating to us in writing, terminating your instructions. If we or you terminate your instructions you may, depending upon the reasons for termination, be asked to pay a reasonable amount based upon the work carried out up to the time your termination is received.

7 Standards of Service

We strive to provide a high quality service in all aspects. If you have any questions or concerns about the service we provide to you, please raise them in the first instance with our designated senior person.

All dates and times provided on the estimate cannot be guaranteed until final bookings are made and confirmed. Although we endeavour to provide a prompt and efficient service for you, there may be instances where, because of circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to fulfil our obligations to you on the date or time specified. Where this is the case we will attempt to contact you in advance, using the details you have provided, and advise you of alternative arrangements.

8 Agreement

Your continuing instructions will amount to your continuing acceptance of these Terms of Business. Your instructions will not create any right enforceable (by virtue of the Contracts Rights of Third Parties Act 1999) by any person not identified as our client. If any of these terms are unenforceable as drafted:-

Nothing in these Terms restricts or limits our liability for death or personal injury. This agreement is subject to English Law. If you decide to commence legal action, you may do so, in any appropriate UK Court.

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