Hindu funerals are marked by unique and beautiful traditions that reflect the belief that life is eternal and death is merely a transition from one life to another. These customs have been practised for centuries and are observed today in India and worldwide. In India, Hindu funeral services typically occur within 24 hours of the death; elsewhere, it is not unusual for the service to take place within a fortnight of the passing, depending on the family’s wishes. The body is washed, wrapped in a white cloth, adorned with flowers and then placed in a coffin or taken to the crematorium for cremation. Traditionally, priests conduct rituals for blessing the departed soul before and after the cremation ceremony. Family members and friends may recite hymns and share stories or prayers in remembrance of the deceased during these ceremonies. Before leaving for their final journey, Hindus observe many customs designed to honour their loved one’s memory and bid them farewell. This can include distributing food and clothing among family members, preparing special dishes or even bringing animals like cows or sheep as offerings to ensure peace on Earth in honour of the deceased’s soul. The Hindu belief is that after the cremation, souls will go to their new form, where they will be judged according to their good deeds on Earth before reincarnation into a new life. On their way to this new existence, family members are encouraged to scatter flowers along the path as a gesture of remembrance. After this final goodbye is said, it is customary for all those present at the service to return home with peaceful minds knowing that they gave a proper farewell to their beloved one. Though painful and sad at times, Hindu funerals remain a powerful testament to how life continues beyond physical death and remind us of our responsibility to leave behind memories of a love so that others can be inspired by our lives long after we are gone. If you would like to find out more about our bespoke Hindu funeral services, contact us today!