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    Cemetery Options at Valley of the Temples

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Having a gravesite at which you can mourn the loss of your loved one can have a profound healing effect. From mausoleums and gravestones to cremation gardens, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu has a range of cemetery options. If you are interested in above-ground entombment, our Memorial Park offers a variety of private family mausoleums that will establish an enduring legacy for your loved one. If you prefer in-ground burial, we offer a number of burial sites throughout our peaceful and well-manicured grounds. We even offer private family estates, which are essentially private cemeteries inside our cemetery. We have a number of traditional burial options that can be customized based on your family’s needs and desires.

    Founded in 1963, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park Oahu offers many different cemetery arrangements on the island. Call us toll-free at (888) 723-6620 or visit our website to learn more about the cemetery arrangements and funeral services we offer. 

    Understanding the Stages of Grief

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Grieving is a difficult process that is different for each person who experiences it. At Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, we offer 24/7 grief support services on our website. While every person grieves differently and there’s no right way to grieve, many people find that the following five stages of grief are common.

    Denial

    The first reaction in the grieving process is usually to deny reality. This is a totally normal way to deal with overwhelming emotions. In fact, it is a defense mechanism that protects us from the immediate shock. Blocking out words and hiding the facts is a normal part of this stage of grieving.

    Anger

    After the feelings of denial wear off, reality begins to reemerge, and it feels intense. Many people reflect this intensity and express it in the form of anger. This anger is often pointed at family and friends, but can sometimes be aimed at the deceased. Anger may even be directed at oneself for feeling angry or being miserable.

    Regaining Control

    In this stage of grief, it’s normal to feel helpless and vulnerable. People in this stage start to think through “if only” scenarios. You may blame yourself or someone else, thinking that if things were different, your loved one would still be here.

    Depression

    Sadness and regret are a predominant part of this stage of grief. It’s common in this stage to worry that family and friends have been neglected during the grieving process. During this stage it helps to hear a few kind words of reassurance.

    Acceptance

    Marked by composure and withdrawal, this stage is one that not everyone experience. It does not come with happiness necessarily, but it is a stage that normally brings a greater sense of inner peace.

    At Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, we invite you to visit our website to use our grief and support services. If you have any questions about the funeral pre-planning or cemetery arrangements, give us a call at (888) 723-6620. You can also contact us online if you would like more information about our cemetery arrangements

    Choosing Funeral Attire for Your Loved One

    Last updated 20 days ago

    The process of planning a funeral can be daunting. Details such as how to dress your loved one and which personal items to include with the burial or cremation process must be thoroughly planned out before the funeral service. Below are a few tips that will help you choose funeral attire for your loved one.

    Clothing

    When considering how you want to dress your loved one, think about what outfit he or she would have liked to be buried in. You may choose to dress your loved one in new clothes that you’ve purchased for the occasion, or clothes that your loved one already owned. If the deceased had a favorite or special outfit, this may be fitting. Many people consider formal attire to be more fitting for a funeral, but you should feel free to dress the person in any outfit he or she might have loved.

    Personal Items

    Another important consideration when choosing funeral attire for your loved one is which personal belongings to include during the burial or cremation. You will want to gather these items and bring them to the funeral home before the service. There are no rules regarding what a person can be buried with. Consider adding family photographs, favorite books, sentimental items, and favorite jewelry. If the body is going to be cremated, take all metal objects from the body prior to cremation, including jewelry, belts, and piercings.

    Religious Considerations

    Speak with your local religious leader to learn more about the religious traditions, customs, and expectations regarding funeral services. There may be specific burial or cremation procedures, including specific rules regarding the funeral attire and personal belongings included in the burial or cremation.

    Valley of the Temples Memorial Park of Oahu has been providing funeral services and funeral pre-planning since 1963. To learn more about the funeral and cemetery arrangements we offer at our Byodo-In temple, visit our website or call us at (888) 723-6620.

    Guidelines for Coping with Grief

    Last updated 27 days ago

    The death of a loved one can be extremely difficult to handle. After attending his or her funeral, you may find that there is a feeling of grief that lingers for weeks, months, or even years. While there is no right way to grieve, many people find it helpful to be surrounded by friends and family that can provide support. If the pain of grieving is intense and you are having trouble healing, seeing a counselor can be very helpful. Watch the video for more tips on coping with grief. 

    At Valley of the Temples Memorial Park Oahu, we offer grief support services that can help you cope with the loss of a friend or family member. Visit our website to learn more about grief, and call us at (888) 723-6620 if you have any questions about our funeral services. If you are planning a funeral, we also offer a variety of funeral pre-planning and cemetery arrangements at our beautiful temple in Oahu. 

    Factors to Consider When Planning a Memorial Service

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A memorial service is a time to honor the life of a lost loved one while bringing family and friends together to support each other during a difficult time. Sometimes, planning a memorial service while you’re grieving can seem overwhelming, but it can be broken down into a few simple steps. Valley of the Temples is here to help with any questions you may have about planning a service at our memorial park. Here are some of the factors you should consider when putting together the service.

    Venue

    Start by considering where the memorial service will be held. You can opt for a formal, religious service followed by a cemetery visit, or you can choose a less formal environment, such as a favorite restaurant or an outdoor location your lost loved one treasured. Decide if there will be multiple memorials to which different people are invited, or a single service. For instance, you may want to have a memorial service in a restaurant for a large group and a separate ceremony for close family members at the cemetery.

    Date

    Funeral services with visitation and traditional burials usually happen within a few days of a loved one’s passing. However, if you’re simply having a memorial service, you have more flexibility. If you’re expecting out-of-town guests to attend, plan the service for a date that gives them enough time to plan their travel. Be sure that your desired venue is available for the date in question.

    Service Style

    To put together the service itself, consider things like music, flowers, and refreshments. Displaying photos of your loved one at the venue can spark conversations about happy memories. Decide who will lead the service and if you wish to have speakers. If you do have speakers, consider whether you want them to read from religious texts, share poems, or deliver traditional eulogies.

    Valley of the Temples allows great flexibility for memorial services, so you can design one that truly reflects your lost loved one’s life. At our Oahu memorial park, we also offer a range of burial and cremation options, as well as funeral pre-planning. Learn more about our funeral services by calling our Oahu cemetery at (888) 723-6620.  

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