Hindu Funerals

Cremation is the disposition of choice in Hinduism. The funeral service is typically held at the home and a ceremony may also be held at the crematorium where the cremation takes place. Guests and mourners dress casually and white clothing is preferred. Bringing food is not allowed but flowers are.  The body should be viewed by all guests. The ceremony is directed by family elders and the priest. Photography and video of the service is not polite. The official mourning begins 10 days after the cremation and may range to 30 days. Fruit may be offered from visitors.

Most Hindus are Asian Indians. There is no founder or doctrine. They believe every person and object has God within them. They believe each soul is divine. The gods and goddesses of Hinduism can help their believers realize their own divine presence.