Hispanic Funeral Traditions

At Moloney Family Funeral Homes, we are honored to meet the needs of all families in Lake Ronkonkoma, Holbrook, and Central Islip while embracing the diversity that makes these communities such special places to live.

Moloney-Hispanic Funeral TraditionsWe are proud to serve and support all our Long Island neighbors, and hope you’ll feel comfortable turning to us during your time of need. Our caring team understands and relates to the diverse groups that make up our area – including Hispanic families. For Spanish speakers, you can view our website in Spanish with the click of a button. We also have professionals on staff who are fluent in Spanish.

When it comes to honoring a loved one’s life, how do we assist Hispanic families in paying tribute to their loved ones in a special way? Consider these traditions.

Honoring Your Faith

A large percentage of Hispanic families are Catholic, and this influences many funeral traditions. Because death is viewed as the moment when the soul returns home to heaven, those left behind are both somber and joyful. Hispanic funerals are a social event, with food and drinks, games, jokes, and laughter. After a loved one dies, family and friends often gather in what almost feels like a party in his or her honor.

When it comes to the funeral service, there are many important rituals from prayer to Scripture readings to worship. A priest often leads the service that includes a full Mass with a rosary said that dedicated to the loved one. Many families choose to adorn their loved one with religious mementos or erect a sacred shrine of sorts, including photos, images, and statues of religious idols.

Honoring Your Loved One’s Life

Hispanic culture is known for many things that reflect the effervescence of the people in it. Think of the music of Mexico. Violins, trumpets, and guitars are part of nearly every celebration, large and small. Or how about traditional Mexican or Latin food, known for vibrant colors and flavors.

Hispanic culture is also known for its strong establishment of family, and funeral receptions gives loved ones a chance to gather, sharing food and conversation. At Moloney Family Funeral Homes, we take care of all the reception details. We can make arrangements with the area’s top caterers and hold a reception in our stunning and spacious Tribute Center in Lake Ronkonkoma or at a nearby hotel or restaurant. With almost a century of experience, we know, there is nothing more healing than sharing a comforting meal with family and friends.


Our religious beliefs often affect our lives in more ways than one, from our music to our literature to our local customs – and even our outlook on the afterlife. According to traditional Catholic beliefs, people are reborn after burial, so many Hispanics are laid to rest with a few of their favorite possessions.

Here at Moloney Family Funeral Homes, we know how essential it is add personal details to a funeral service. You can have your service anywhere, and anyway, you want. Choose to play the music your loved one enjoyed or read their favorite Scripture passages. We can even arrange to have doves, balloons, or butterflies released at the close of the service. In many Hispanic countries, a vigil, funeral, and reception help bring together a community to share laughter and memories. Allow us to help you do the same.

Our Care Team

We have bilingual staff members ready to assist who are knowledgeable about Hispanic funeral traditions and will work with you to create your ideal farewell.

When you’re ready to start making your own end-of-life arrangements, give us a call to set up an appointment. Or check out our online planning form that makes planning a funeral easier than ever before. Additionally, if you would like to buried in whatever country or state is home for you, we can help you arrange this in the most convenient and affordable way.

We care about our community, and whether you’re looking for assistance as you grieve, preplanning a funeral, or help from someone who understands your background, know you can trust us to guide and meet all your needs.