Founded in 1963, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park has served the community by providing a place of peace and serenity for loved ones.

Comforting a Grieving Teen

It can be difficult to know where to begin when comforting a grieving teen. Well-meaning friends may approach your teen during a family member’s funeral service or at the cemetery to offer kind words of condolences. However, phrases like “I’m sorry for your loss” can make your teen feel more alienated and alone.

One of the best ways to comfort a grieving teen is to offer support without pressure. Acknowledge the loss and share memories, but do not show pity, treat the teen abnormally, or put the teen on the spot.

If you have recently lost a loved one and are planning funeral services, consider also seeking grief support to help teens and other family members cope with your family’s loss. Grief counseling in Oahu, HI is part of our funeral services at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Call us at (808) 239-8811 to learn more about our grief support services.

Pre-Planning vs. Pre-Payment in Funeral Plans

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Has it occurred to you to pre-plan your funeral? Pre-planning a funeral with a funeral home can help you and your family feel more secure about the future. You’ll be able to put your wishes for your funeral service in writing. In addition, pre-planning can help protect your family from future financial distress.

However, pre-planning for a funeral does not require you to pre-pay. On the contrary, you can simply use your pre-plan as a written record of your wishes, and your family can pay for these outlined services when you pass. Your other option is to pre-fund your plan. This will protect you and your family from future inflation. Your funds will go into a trust account or be placed with an insurance company at a guaranteed price that you agree to pay. No one will ever have to pay more for the services that you’ve requested.

If you’re looking to pre-plan a funeral near Oahu, HI, contact Valley of the Temples Memorial Park today. We will walk you through the step-by-step process of pre-planning cremation or funeral services. Call us today at (808) 239-8811 for more information on our pre-planning and pre-funding services.

Dealing with a Loved One's Social Media Accounts After Death

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Dealing with the death of a loved one does not stop at planning a funeral service in a funeral home. In addition to planning for cremation of the remains or choosing a burial plot in a cemetery, you may also have to handle aspects of your loved one’s personal life—such as their social media accounts. Handling the social media accounts of the deceased can be trying in both emotional and practical terms. Read on to learn how to best handle your loved one’s social media accounts.

Facebook has a couple of options for dealing with the accounts of the deceased. One option is to submit a Memorialization Request to Facebook. This changes the former account into a memorial page. That way, the user’s information is still shown, but it is no longer seen as being active. Another option is to close the user’s account using a Special Request for Deceased Person’s Account.

Google allows an authorized representative of a deceased user to request access to the contents of a Gmail account. Google also has something called “Inactive Account Manager,” which allows users to plan their “digital afterlives.” In other words, users can notify Google of how they want their account to be handled if they remain active for a prolonged period of time.

Twitter won’t give anyone access to a deceased user’s account. However, it does accept requests for deactivation. If you want to deactivate the Twitter account of a deceased loved one, you must send a list of specific documents to Twitter by fax or mail. After verifying this information, Twitter may choose to deactivate the user’s account.

If you’re planning a funeral ceremony near Oahu, HI, you know that it can take time to pick up the pieces after a loved one passes. That’s why Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is here to help you create a personalized funeral service for your loved one. Call us today at (808) 239-8811 for more information on how we can help you during this trying time.

Questions to Ask When Planning a Memorial Service

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Planning a funeral service often involves planning for a burial or cremation service for the remains of the deceased and planning a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased. There are several things to keep in mind when planning a memorial service, no matter what type of service you choose to have. Keep reading to learn more about what questions you should ask when planning a memorial service.

When will it be held?
Funeral services usually occur in the presence of the remains of the deceased. Therefore, they need to be held within a few days of the death. These time constraints can often cause a lot of stress and may preclude certain family members from attending. In contrast, a memorial service can be held at any time after the death of a loved one. By having time to schedule the event in advance, you can be sure that out-of-town guests have time to prepare for travel.

Where will it be held?
A memorial service can be held wherever you and your family feel is the most appropriate place. That means you can have it at the home of a close family member, a religious venue, or a funeral home. You can even host the memorial service in a different community than where the funeral service was held in order to be sure all of the deceased’s loved ones are included in the act of remembrance.

Who will attend?
You can choose how personal to make the service. For example, you can place a public announcement in the newspaper if you want to reach the largest audience of people who may have known the deceased. Or, you can write to the friends and colleagues of the deceased personally—or even call them up by phone.

Are you planning a memorial, funeral, or cremation service near Oahu, HI? Valley of the Temples Memorial Park can help you plan an event to celebrate the life of your loved one. Call (808) 239-8811 today to learn more about your options for arranging a funeral service.

Simplifying the Process of Writing a Condolence Letter

Have you recently attended a funeral service in a funeral home? If so, you may need to write a letter of condolence to the family of a loved one. Writing a letter of condolence is one way to show your sympathy for the family members of the deceased following a burial or cremation service.

Watch this video for some tips on writing a condolence letter. A condolence letter should be handwritten, sincere, and prompt. Aim to let the person know that you are thinking of them and their family. In addition, be honest when talking about the deceased. Share your fondest memories, but don’t try to paint the person in an unrealistic light.

Are you attending or planning an upcoming funeral service near Oahu, HI? Valley of the Temples Memorial Park can aid you in creating a customized funeral service for a loved one. Call (808) 239-8811 today for more information about our funeral service offerings.

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