Grief and Loss in the Indian Culture and Hindu Religion

By: Britney Faulkner
 Interview
with a 26 year old girl who is from
the Indian Culture group and the Hindu
 Discussion of life in America compared to
extended family living in India.
 Discussion of some basics of the Hindu faith
 Thoughts
on illness
 Medical Care and acceptance
 Treatment
 Denial
 Thoughts on terminal illness
 Differing
viewpoints on Euthanasia
Doing a good deed, fulfilling moral obligation
Disturbing the time cycle of death, affected by
 Prayopavesa-fasting
 Thoughts
on killing (euthanasia, murder,
 Death
rites and rituals
 Teravih-ceremony
 Place of Death
 Cremation
 Death
is not an end
 Reincarnations
 Moksha
 Travel to the next level of existence
Vigil as death approaches
Mantra is chanted, no embalmment or organ donation
Homa fire ritual
Preparing the body
Ritual impurity
Bone-gathering ceremony
First memorial
31st-day memorial
One year memorial
Funeral rites can be simple or complex depending on
the customs, means, and ability of the family.
Rites will vary in the Western countries
 It
 It
is not a “norm” to have extensive grieving
What this does to the body or soul
is the “norm” to be prepared for death and
not to fear death
 Hinduism
in the Western cultural
 Journal
 Internet resources
Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (2007).
Hindu healing. Religion and Ethics
Newsweekly, retrieved April 12th, 2011 from
Laugani, P. (2006). Religious rites and rituals in
death and bereavement: An Indian
experience. International Journal of Health
Promotion and Education, 44(1), 7-13.
Whitman, S.M. (2007). Pain and suffering as
viewed by the Hindu religion. The journal of
Pain, 8(8), 607-613.