Funeral Receptions: Another Way to Tell Their Story
When someone you love dies, it’s extremely painful to get used to the reality that they’re no longer with you. Their absence can affect every area of life, constantly reminding you of your loss. Here at Moloney Family Funeral Homes, we want to make challenging circumstances a little easier. We know how powerful it is to create a personal tribute, and how much a funeral service aids in the grieving process.
For nearly a century, we’ve been working with our neighbors in Central Islip, Lake Ronkonkoma, Holbrook, Port Jefferson Station, Bohemia, Center Moriches, and Hauppauge, helping plan funerals, cremations, and burials. Over the years, we’ve seen family after family experience true healing through attending a reception held after a funeral. This is an opportunity for loved ones to come together, laugh and cry, and lean on one another as they grieve.
You might think that hosting or even attending a get together is the last thing you want to do following a death. But our team of caring professionals is here to take care of everything. We can make arrangements with the area’s top caterers and hold the reception in our stunning and spacious Tribute Center or at a nearby hotel or restaurant. After all, we know how complicated it is to host at home or make last-minute reservations during such a chaotic time. Our goal is to take care of all the details so you don’t have to.
Think about how meaningful it would be to gather at our Tribute Center – complete with a serenity pond, ample parking, and beautiful décor – to enjoy delicious refreshments or a complete meal. Something beautiful happens as friends and family “break bread” around a table. Stories are told, memories are shared, and a unique form of healing begins.
Receptions are also a wonderful place to add details highlighting a loved one’s passions, accomplishments, and hobbies. We can set up a table with scrapbooks and other items, such as a beloved collection, favorite books, or mementoes. Imagine guests relaxing and opening up, talking about just how much their loved one meant to them. So often, everyone feels more at ease and able to let their guard down after the funeral. The words that are shared are treasured by the family and looked back on for months and years to come.
You can also consider distributing keepsakes for guests to bring home. We can serve your grandmother’s favorite oatmeal cookies, and then hand out the recipe card in her handwriting. Or we could create a printout of your grandfather’s favorite hymn. Anything that brings to mind what was so special about the person you are there to commemorate.