Preparation starts by passing an oil lamp over the body then passing flowers the same way. Afterwards, the corresponding gender will carry the body to the back of their house remove their clothes, and cover the deceased with a white garment. Each member anoints the body with sesame oil and it is bathed from the blessed pots and carried to the homa shelter to prepare for cremation.
The cremation ceremony starts by carrying the deceased three times, counterclockwise, around a pyre then placed on top of it, at this time the men offer rice, cover the body in wood, incense, and clarified butter. Then the chief mourner walks around the pyre with a fire pot in his hand preparing to start the cremation, with each circle another family member knocks a hole in the clay pot releasing the water representing how the soul is leaving the body. After completing the third lap the chief mourner starts the fire without looking at the body than exits the homa shelter without looking back.
Death for Hindus is not a bad thing. Yes, we mourn the loss of our loved ones and tragic death is always tragic, but death produces new life or release from samsara and suffering. If moksha is not achieved than our loved ones will be reborn so death is not permanent and is to be celebrated. Just as we rejoice at life we should also rejoice at death.