Sikh Funeral Services and Traditions
- The Sikh community believe the focus of the funeral ceremonies should not be loss and grief, but rather a celebration that the soul has an opportunity to rejoin Waheguru, who is the Wonderous Giver of Knowledge, and the Sikh name for God.
- Typically, a day before the funeral service, the family will come to the funeral home to wash and dress the deceased. Men will wash and dress men, and women will wash and dress women. During this time, the articles of faith audio, called the Kakkars, are played during the bathing and dressing process. Marlatt's provides families with a private washing and dressing room and all necessary personal protective equipment.
- After the washing, a small viewing of the deceased is held.
- The day of the service a Sikh priest, known as the Granthi, will conduct the funeral service with prayers and chants.
- At the end of the service, attendees have the option to file past the casket and place a flower or rose petals in the casket and pay their respects to the family.
- The deceased is then brought to the crematory for a witness cremation where family members will start the cremation process and the Granthi will offer final prayers. Marlatt Funeral Home has the facilities on site to accommodate witnessed cremations.