In Hinduism, it is believed that when a person dies, the body is cremated to return it to the five elements of which it is composed. The immaterial soul then begins its journey to the higher power, to merge with the supreme or, depending on its karma, reincarnate until it gets it right (so to speak) and attain liberation from the cycle of life and death. Over a period of six months, the soul sticks around, ties up loose ends and stays in this world. At six months, the family of the deceased performs a ceremony to detach, thus freeing the soul from all the worldly ties. A ritualistic fire is used to consummate this process. Holy texts are read for the relief of those being left behind, assurance that those who come will inevitably leave. Those who live, shall also die. Today, we perform such a service for my grandma, the transgression of soul, detachment and the final stage of grieving…

I shall keep you here no longer. May your soul complete it’s journey and rest in peace in the heavens above.

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