Death in family
Jain Funeral Rites Services
Performed by Vanik Council (UK) volunteers
Death in a family is the time when support from friends and community is most needed. Bereaving family is emotionally suffering the loss of the beloved one, yet has to run around to get all formalities completed to get the dead body cremated. Every community in the world has a set procedures laid down by their religion for conducting last rites. Hindu families employ services of priests (Brahmin Pandits) to conduct last rites but Jains have no priests to conduct such services. In the Jain community, it is a practice to request the support of an experienced person to conduct last rites (antim Vidhi) at home and at crematorium. There has always been a few in the community who were willing to offer their voluntary support to the bereaving family by conducting the cremation rites.In the past late shri Babulal Ratanshi Mehta, Late shri Pranlal Vithalji Parekh, shri Jayantilal Mulji Shah and others were helping bereaving families by conducting Antim vidhi. NCVA, as a part of its Jain Spiritual Care (Hospital Chaplaincy project), is providing service for conducting funeral rites for Jains.
Additionally, Heena Modi has produced a useful toolkit on Death: what to do and how to manage.
Hope you find this useful.
Currently the following people are offering their voluntary services and are fully knowledgeable in conducting Antim Vidhi at home and at crematorium. They are listed by the area they live in with their respective contact telephone number indicated. When required, please contact the person in your area, if he is not available then contact others on the list:
Harrow /Brent :
Jayantilal Ghelani 020 8357 4029
Manhar Mehta 020 8952 1165
Kishore Shah 07950 295 690
Ramanlal Shah 020 8200 5761
Hitesh Rayani 07779 164 134
Vijay Sheth 01923 446673
Hullas Mehta 020 8590 4342
Jain centre - 0116 254 1150
The community needs more Volunteers for this service in London and other areas of the UK
lease contact any of the above volunteers to join the team.
Jain Pre-funeral vidhi at home
Please note that for performing Jain Vidhi, the following is very important. According to Jain Dharma when Atma leaves this body, it takes nothing with it to its next life except its Karma. Old tradition of placing Laadu, Coconut, Ganga Jal etc. with the dead is not that of Jain Dharma.
We should not put in the coffin any coconut, laadu or any items that the person had liking for, nor put Ganga Jal in their mouth.
We should not use root vegetables (Kandmul) in Chhaash Rotla dinner, this is to avoid any new karma attaching to the departed Atma.
The items required for the vidhi at home and at the crematorium are as follows:
2 pieces of white cloth, each 2.25 meters
Sukhad PowderKanku (only for a woman survived by husband)
Small quantity of rice and mag (mung beans)
1 pkt agarbatti (for home and uthamnu at crematorium)
diva (kodia) ( 1 for home and 1 for uthamnu)
cotton vaat with ghee (for both diva)
1 white handkerchief (for collecting donations at the uthamnu)
From the above items, please take the following with you to the crematorium for Uthamnu.
One divo, with vaat and ghee