Monday, May 3, 2010

The funeral ceremony ...

This is my very first time attending a Hindu funeral ceremony.
I really didnt know what to expect , besides some vague knowledge
of the rites from the telly or watching Indian movies.

Lo and behold, i got the chance to witness from A-Z process
of the funeral rites.

I am going to be very very brief...cos,it's a whole day affair !!

Hubby left our house on Saturday morning, to aunt Devagi's plc,
where the funeral took place. He wanted to make sure that everything
was in order...the chairs & tables at the void deck, the casket thingy etc.
The body was brought back to the house on that same morning also.

It was a super buzy morning for me still having classes..
send and fetch them. Packed few clothes to change later,just in case .

Fetched my niece and nephew from their home (as my SiL n BiL went earlier)
and then i drove my way to Sembawang.

Me and the kids arrived slightly before 2pm. Many cousins and other
relatives already there,sitting at the void deck.
Made few hellooos and hi's and went up the the hse.
There's already room full of families and friends.

Patti was fully embalmed..very much different from what i
saw the nite before. The body was laid at the living room for
those who wanted to pay thier last respect...putting flowers
on the feet.

Then...they did some customary rites,like putting oil on the head,
bathe the body and then shroud her with sari. Once its done,
body was being transferred to the coffin.
They did some customary rites again..*too many to describe here*.

At around 4.30pm..the coffin was brought the staircase!

Another customary rites below...when the whole process was over,
time to move to the crematarioum.

Another religious rites at the service hall...once done,
we moved on to the viewing gallery..there's a
glass panel .. where, all of us could witness the coffin entered
the furnace of over 1000c of heat !!

Sunday,they collected the ashes and another rites was done
to dispersed it at the sea.

Rest in peace.. Nagama patti (91yo) .

* Pls take note, as we are Muslims..we did not participate
in any of their religious rites. *

Anyhooow, From my very first hand experience of the abv, it is
very much surfice to say that I am blessed to be a Muslim.

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