April 26, 2014
Chaitra Krushna Paksha Trayodashi, Kaliyug Varsha 5116
REUNION ISLAND, April, 16 2014 (Zinfos): The Reunion Tamil Federation, the Reunion Vaikoundam Association and the insurance company, Assurances Australes, have teamed up to offer the population of Reunion the possibility of organizing a funeral according to Hindu rites. It is a first for the island. This funeral agreement is a turnkey product to avoid financial and administrative burdens on families. The objective is avoid administrative and financial hassles for bereaved families. In exchange for an annual subscription, the insurer takes care of everything (a lump sum payment of 3,500 euros funeral service chosen by the family
According to Hindu tradition, the death ritual takes place in four steps and requires the use of a pujari (priest) who organizes the ceremony. The Hindu ritual surrounding death is very special. There is a vigil, cremation or burial, the Karoumadi ceremony (16th day after death) and Devsam ceremony (one year and one day after death.) “There has been a lot of trouble for families to organize the proper sequence of ceremonies. So difficult that most have opted for a conventional funerals in the church. We are here to liberate families of all their worries,” says Jose Krishna Amouny, pujari in the southern town of Saint-Pierre.