By: Britney Faulkner Interview with a 26 year old girl who is from the Indian Culture group and the Hindu religion. 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 Karma Prayopavesa-fasting Thoughts suicide) 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 Cremation 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 articles Internet resources Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (2007). Hindu healing. Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, retrieved April 12th, 2011 from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics /week1125/feature.html. 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.