Funerals Then and Now

Over the years, funeral trends have come and gone, but one thing remains the same: our commitment to serving you and your family with high-quality care. At Moloney Family Funeral Homes, we arrange burial and cremation services designed to meet every family’s preferences and budget. Our experienced staff members are always ready to meet the unique needs of families throughout our community. Families in Hauppauge, Bohemia, and Central Islip require different services now compared to decades ago.

Here are some of the key ways funerals have changed over time:


Graves are more modest in size.

In 1632, the Taj Mahal was erected as a mausoleum and crafted from white ivory. Granted, funeral traditions have changed drastically since the 17th century, especially when it comes to the size of graves and burial vaults. More families are choosing cremation now than in previous years, as it is often more affordable and doesn’t require a spacious burial site. Your loved one’s final resting place can be as a small as a beautiful urn that is kept at a family’s home or inside a columbarium.


Funerals take place in alternative locations.

In recent years, we’ve received requests from families to hold a funeral in a location outside of a funeral home. From a visitation held at an outdoor location like a park to a local restaurant hosting a reception, funeral settings are becoming as diverse as the families in our community. The growing wish to personalize a service results in a unique funeral service that highlights a person’s special life story. Our team at Moloney believe a personalized tribute is a meaningful way to honor a loved one.


Non-religious funeral ceremonies are more common.

It used to be common practice to hold a funeral in a church and have the ceremony overseen by a priest or pastor. Contemporary funeral services often involve no religious elements or scriptural readings. They may be led by a life celebrant, an individual trained to help families move through a time of deep grief and loss. They are skilled at incorporating special aspects of a loved one’s life into their funeral service and work closely with family members throughout the funeral planning process.


If you’d like to learn more about choosing Moloney to help you honor your loved one, contact us anytime 24/7. Our knowledgeable staff is always ready to answer any questions you may have.