Sikh Funerals

Sikhism believes in transmigration of the soul which never dies…

Sikh religion believes the human life is a hope for the soul to break out of the transmigration cycle. When the soul breaks out of this cycle it unites with Waheguru. It is the Sikh name of God who is the miraculous giver of knowledge. Thus far, such union may be the result of your good karma. It includes good deeds and ethical conduct.

Sikhism was born out of the teachings of Guru Nanak. He developed a following after a revelation from God. Guru Nanak was the first guru in Sikh religion. Hence, the main aspiration of Sikhs is to gain a close and intimate relationship with their deity. The teachings of their gurus help achieve this relationship.

Sikh Death Beliefs

Sikhs believe that death is a natural process of living. So, upon death one may merge into the nature. Similar to as a rain drop may merge into the ocean. Thus far, a person loses the individuality. The soul either becomes reunited with god or is reborn.

Sikh belief is that one may experience heaven by being in tune with God while alive. Thus far, the belief is that there is no heaven or hell after death. Furthermore, ego causes pain and suffering. Thus far, this is hell on earth. Sikhism views spiritual pursuits as positive experiences.

Sikh Funeral Rites

Sikh funeral rites contain a set of religious ceremonies. It takes place during and around funeral. Sikh funerals prefer cremation to dispose of the body. Burials are acceptable if the situation does not allow cremation. It is Sikh tradition to submerge the ashes if the deceased in a river or sacred waterway.

There is a prohibition to erect a monument for the person who has passed away. Furthermore, Sikhs disapprove of crying out aloud or wailing. Emotions are not to be display in public. The closest of relatives try to stay detached from emotions. Sikh funeral is to celebrate and salute life of the deceased.

Funeral Arrangements

The funeral arrangements begin soon after death. The body of deceased is washed carefully and dressed in clean clothes. This is performed by family members or community elders.

The body is taken to the place of worship before cremation. Hymns and prayers are recited in Gurudwara. The Bhai Ji, Sikh priest reads prayers from the religious scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib.

Sikh Funeral Service

Sikh funeral service may normally take place at a Gurdwara. It may happen at family home, outside or at the crematorium too. The service focus on that the soul has an opportunity to re-join with Waheguru. So, the funeral ceremony may not focus on grief and the loss of loved one.

The Bhai Ji will recite community prayers called Ardas and sing hymns. An open coffin allows the mourners to view the body. Hence, pay their last respects. A close friend or a family member reads the eulogy during the service.

Dress Colours

White is the Sikh mourning colour. However, subdued neutral colours like charcoal grey, black and navy are acceptable. Sikhism considers bright colours and patterns to be disrespectable. Sikh funeral dress code is smart and modest. So, avoid showing too much skin and wearing conspicuous jewellery.

The Sikh funeral dress code must include a head covering. It is for both, men and women.

After The Funeral

After funeral ceremony is reading of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. This reading may happen at the family home or Gurdwara. The ceremony is known as the Akhand Paath. It normally takes place in a single sitting for three days.

The reading may be done over a longer period of time, if this was more convenient. However, not longer than ten days. Furthermore, in case of any funeral delays, the family may choose to begin the reading before the funeral ceremony.

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