In Conversation 

Extract from a Recent Interview ... 

As a child, Manpreet Singh remembers going to funerals with his father. Curious, he asked his mother to explain Sikh funeral traditions and wondered why none of the funeral directors he saw were Sikh.

After careers in engineering and retail, Manpreet set out to learn as much as he could about funeral care, and now assists Sikh families with arranging funerals in Southall, West London, not far from where he grew up.

We asked him to share his perspective on Sikh approaches to death and funerals for Talking Death.

RITUALS THAT CHANGE AND EVOLVE

The Sikh religion focuses on “being good, kind and remembering God,” he explains. “Everything about the last rites and the funeral are designed to send the person off on their journey.”

Manpreet is keen to stress that different families will carry out the rituals in different ways, depending on how religious they are, or simply their personal preference.

One example of how this works in practice is in washing and dressing the person who has died ....

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Latest 5* Google Review 

Southall sikh funerals based in southall was assisted by Manpreet Singh. Manpreet is the most honest, polite, helpful, respectful, very caring and professional person I have ever met. 

He was like a God sent in all ways, I was constantly updated throughout the planning of the funeral service, and reassured that everything was going to be well and every stage was fulfilled. It was a very difficult time for us all, arranging all the necessary preparations, but was put at ease with Manpreet’s help. 

I am so grateful for his services and would highly recommend him to everyone. Very professional was quick and very responsive to all the requests we had at anytime needed. 

Thank you Manpreet for your patience and support throughout. God bless you with lots of happiness and wealth and wish you all the best in the future xx

Sharon Gill

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