Pitr Paksha~Shradh~श्राद्ध पर्व - How to Perform Shraddh
Following are given methods to be followed for performing shradh for deparated souls of our relatives.
Favourite food items of the that person are specially prepared. Puja is performed and that food is offered to soul of that person. In starting a small portion of the food is offered to the Cow. If Possible one must offer food to Brahmin and donate clothes and other items as much one can afford.
A small portion of the food is also offered to the Crow. As crow is considered as a connection between the living world and the world of the dead. If possible offer food to Dogs also.
Round balls of rice and flour, called pinda, are also offered, along with the sacred kusha grass and flowers, amidst sprinkling of water and chanting of mantras from the Sam Veda.