3 Traditions You Might See at a Hindu Funeral

October 15th, 2020

If you’ve recently been invited to a funeral for a loved one who followed Hindu religious teachings, the funeral service might be much different than those you’ve experienced in the past. Understanding some of the most common Hindu cremation and memorial services you’ll see beforehand can help you fully appreciate the beauty of these traditions. Here are three common Hindu customs you might see during a funeral service and what you should know about each.

  • White attire is appropriate. If you’ve ever been to a Western funeral, you probably saw many mourners dressed in black. However, the color black is considered inappropriate during traditional Hindu funeral services. Instead, opt for a white or cream-colored outfit, which symbolizes rebirth and new life.
  • Cremations are common. According to Hindu tradition, death is not the end of a human’s life. Instead, death is viewed as the beginning of a rebirth of the soul, which is completed during the process of cremation. Most Hindu families will opt for a low cost cremation in Montgomery County over a Western-style funeral service after a loved one has passed away.
  • Guests of other faiths are welcome. Unlike some other traditions, guests of all faiths are welcome at a traditional Hindu funeral or cremation service, so long as they remain respectful. Note that video recording and taking photographs during a funeral is considered very distasteful by most Hindu families.

Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences in life — especially if you must balance your grieving process with the process of making final arrangements for your friend or family member. McCafferty Funeral Home is standing by 24/7 to help you arrange the funeral service or affordable cremation in Montgomery County you need to set your mind at ease and honor your loved one. Call our team today to learn more or make your arrangements.


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