The many different customs and traditions of religions and cultures on paying respect to the deceased make decisions about making a gift or donation in someone’s memory a difficult process. The Hindu traditions can be challenging because of the many variances in beliefs. The type of condolence gift and the amount spent is often dependent upon the relationship shared with the deceased and family.

Below are several appropriate ways to show honor and respect for the deceased in the Hindu religion. Such items provide comfort and show support to the bereaved.

One of the most customary and traditional ways to express condolences is by bringing or sending food and condolence gift basket to the family members of the deceased.  When selecting a sympathy gift basket there are many considerations.  Appropriate food items and gift baskets may include baked goods and desserts, fruit, dried fruit, & nuts, and assorted chocolates.

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Food, Meals and Sympathy Baskets

It is traditional to bring gift baskets of fruit as an expression of sympathy and honor for the deceased. In many Hindu traditions, it is expected that those visiting the home of the bereaved bring fruit. Because the practices vary so much, contact with family members or leaders in the particular Hindu tradition would be appropriate to assure the correct items are given. Traditional Hindu food would be vegetarian, prepared without onion or garlic.


It is not a Hindu custom to bring or send flowers to the grieving family. During the time leading up to the cremation of the body, flowers play an important role in the ceremony. Hindu mourners adorn the body with flowers and leaves prior to the funeral.

Once the ceremony begins, additional flowers brought would simply be a distraction and could lead to negative karma for the deceased. Sending flowers to the home of the family after the cremation would not be expected, but would be a welcomed expression of honor, respect and sympathy.


Donations are not a customary part of the Hindu tradition, but some Hindu strands encourage the practice of giving to the religious organizations in memory of the deceased. Such giving of alms and offerings serves as a tribute to the dead and a means of passing on merit and creating good karma for the future incarnation of the deceased. Donations are often used to support the ministries of the Hindu religion and print pamphlets and booklets containing their teachings.

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