Sikh Funeral

Sikh Funeral Rituals

Commonly known as Antim Sanskaar, or a Sikh funeral service. Sikhism believes in cycle of life and reincarnation after death where the soul will never die.

About a Sikh Funeral

Sikh funeral, commonly referred to as Antim Sanskaar, or funeral service of a departed Sikh. The Sikhs believe in the cycle of life or reincarnation which certain actions and attachments bind to this cycle.

Sikh Funeral Rituals

  • Wake will be held at the Gurdwara (Sikh temple) or other appropriate places where the Sahib (Sikh priest) will proceed with the funeral rites.
  • Cremation is preferred for Sikh funeral, and the granthi singh will take care of all the religious requirements during the entire funeral service.
  • Because the soul never dies there is no mourning of the death of Sikhs.
  • To start the funeral service, there is a community prayer with two daily prayers (Japji and Kirtan Sohila). After these are recited the cremation begins.