South Asian Traditions

Personalized Tributes

Our South Asian Experience

Our professional and trained staff are knowledgeable in South Asian customs and rituals and are able to help families perform their last rights. Our staff also speak Punjabi, Hindi and English and are happy to answer any questions you have.

“Highland Hills का प्यार और परंपरा, हम कभी नहीं भूलेंगे.”

- Baljit Singh Parmar, Markham

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Highland Hills Funeral Home South Asian Family

South Asian Rituals

For most South Asians, it is important to help the soul escape quickly from the body. The team at Highland Hills Funeral Home will help honour your loved one and can assist with funeral rites that may include:

  • Preparing the body - the chief mourner can perform aarti, the ritual of worship that forms part of puja, in which an oil lamp is passed over the remains
  • Placing a lamp by the head of the body
  • Reciting specific prayers  and hymns
  • Placing pindas (rice balls) inside the casket
  • Sprinkling water on the body of the deceased
  • Placing a mala (necklace of wooden beads), garlands or flowers around the neck
  • The Homa Fire Ritual may be performed to bless nine brass kumbhas (water pots) and one clay pot
Highland Hills South Asian Ritual - Indian Oil Light

Asatoma Sadgamaya

असतोमा सद्गमय ।

तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥

ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।

“O Supreme light, lead us from untruth to truth, from darkness to light and from death to immortality.”

Highland Hills South Asian Rituals - Aum and Swastika image

For Your Comfort and Convenience

Highland Hills Funeral Home offers the following features and services:

  • Visitation, Funeral service, cremation service and witnessing in one convenient location
  • Bright, comfortable and spacious new facility
  • Bathing and dressing of the deceased prior to the funeral service
  • Sheltering of the cremated remains for a specific period
  • Able to accommodate all faiths
  • Two on-site cremation chambers
  • Large and spacious  8,000-square-foot funeral home
  • Smaller room available for intimate family gatherings
Highland Hills Funeral Home Exterior picture

Facilities Tour

Take an interactive tour of our funeral home. You’ll see our beautiful funeral home, facilities and much more! Click anywhere inside the tour to get started. 

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Following the death of a family member, there are many important details that will need attention. A relative, friend or even a stranger is left with the responsibility of accomplishing all of these tasks in just 72 hours. There are at least 87 decisions, choices and things to do.

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South Asian Father and Son