Hindu Funeral

In the traditional Hindu funeral, the body remains at his or her home until it is cremated, usually within one to two days of the person's death. In the Hindu tradition, the body is burned in order to release their soul to the gods.

Friends call on the family at home. Mourners may dress casually but black attire is inappropriate - white is preferred. You may bring flowers, which will be placed at the feet of the honoree. But bringing food before the cremation is not part of the Hindu custom.

Ten days after the body is cremated, a ceremony is held at the home of the honoree. Visitors are then expected to bring fruit.

You can find a lot of useful information online just by entering a search for "Hindu temples USA." Again, it's a good idea to contact the funeral director for specifics about what to expect and how to dress.

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