3 Funerary Traditions to Reconsider or Replace

by | Feb 26, 2024 | Cremation Service

Recent Articles



When planning a funeral service in Lafayette, you might not realize that some traditions are safer and more advisable than others. Here are a few traditions to avoid and alternatives to consider.

Balloon Release

Releasing balloons into the air is a longstanding tradition for commemorating the life of a loved one. However, modern sensibilities grapple with the drawbacks of this type of service. Balloons are usually made of plastic that does not biodegrade. This can destroy the environments needed by plants and animals—even those far from the initial release site.

If your family feels compelled to hold a balloon release, there are biodegradable balloons designed specifically for this purpose. If this is outside your budget, consider a similar ceremony, such as releasing seeds into the wind or scattering biodegradable confetti.

Candlelight Ceremony

Candles are a beautiful way to signify the life of a loved one and their passage onto the next. However, there are plenty of reasons to reconsider this tradition, depending on where your ceremony will be and who will be attending.

Open flames are a fire hazard. This is especially true in funeral homes, where the rooms are often decorated with highly flammable draperies and curtains. Flames and dripping candle wax can also burn fingers, hair, or clothing, especially if candles are held in the hands.

To prevent all this, consider using jarred candles or those with battery-operated faux flames. Protecting family and friends from the potential of burns and the funeral home from fire damage means your loved one can be laid to rest peacefully, and their loved ones can cherish their memorial without worry.

Scattering Cremated Ashes

Spreading or scattering ashes over land or water is a traditional way to commemorate a person who is cremated at the end of their life. However, many areas prohibit this. This means that you not only risk legal issues by doing this but also risk not being able to visit the place where the ashes are left.

If you are set on scattering ashes in a specific location, discuss those plans with Queen of Heaven Cemetery & Funeral Center or the agency or organization that is in charge of the space. Also consider alternatives, such as interring the remains and scattering seeds or biodegradable glitter instead.