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Most Hindus are cremated as it is believed that this will help their soul to escape quickly from the body.

The exact details of the funeral ceremonies, which form the last of the samskaras(antyeshti samskara, final reincarnation), vary according to tradition and place. Funerals are usually conducted by a priest and by the eldest son of the deceased.

Various rituals may take place around the dead body:

  • a lamp is placed by the head of the body
  • prayers and hymns are sung
  • pindas (rice balls) are placed in the coffin
  • water is sprinkled on the body
  • a mala (necklace of wooden beads) may be put around the dead person’s neck as may garlands of flowers

How the cremation takes place depends on where this happens.

In Australia the coffin will be closed and taken to a crematorium.

Afterwards the ashes of the deceased are sprinkled on water. Many people take the ashes to India to put on the waters of the Ganga; others may take them to the sea near to where they live.

After the funeral the widow or widower will wear white as a sign of mourning. The close family may mourn for twelve days.


Hindu Prayer Beads: They represent the ingredients used in the process of creation.

Green Funerals |

Bayside Funeral Services Green, or natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns.

Willow coffins are among the most environmentally friendly coffins available. We believe that our coffins are the ultimate in environmental recycling as willow is a highly renewable crop harvested each year which involves minimal processing. It can degrade rapidly in the soil and helps to lock carbon emissions into its willow stems.

In the right soil conditions willow tends to decompose much more quickly than traditional materials such as MDF, hardwoods and metal.

Willow is a carbon neutral material and when burnt only gives off the same amount of carbon that it consumes within it’s lifetime. Nearly half a million wooden coffins are burnt in the UK each year, polluting the atmosphere with dioxin, hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide. These same toxins are released during decomposition, just more slowly from underground and are released into the soil first.

All of our Willow Caskets are completely natural and biodegradable. They break down in 6 months to 2 years depending on soil conditions. Willow coffins are woven and therefore do not depend on toxic glues, varnish, plastics, or metals.

Their colours are the natural plant dyes in the pigmentation. This means that colour tone may vary from batch to batch.

Eco friendly caskets are a beautiful and natural solution to a difficult problem.

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Bayside Funerals cover all of the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane. Please follow the link to view our options to obtain an estimate.

Public Venue Service Options:

Pinnaroo Cemetery and Crematorium  –  Graham Road Bridgeman Downs  –  Brisbane City Council.

Albany Creek Memorial Park  –  400 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs  –  Invocare

Great Northern Garden of Remembrance  –  Tallowwood Drive Deception Bay  –  Family owned

Sunset Blue Function Centre, Bird of Passage Parade, Scarborough Boat Harbour  –  Private Function Centre

Family Garden Service  –  Service held in the family garden or home, an intimate and personal choice.

Bayside Funerals offer families the option of recording the funeral service where equipment is available. We are happy to organise the conversion of photos to DVD for you, we recommend that families supply between 35 to 45 photos along with the track name of the background music they wish incorporated into the presentation.

All of the service venues listed above have catering facilities, the cost of catering may vary between venues and menu options selected.  Bayside Funerals can also recommend to their client families commercial caterers that can assist with menu options for services held at other locations.