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You value your loved ones, and that means you want them to have a happy future without unnecessary worry. Pre-planning your funeral can make things easier on your family and friends as well as put your mind at ease. If you have decided to initiate planning your own funeral now, including your cemetery arrangements, here are some things to consider.
Culture, Beliefs, and Desires
Many families cherish their cultural heritage and have important traditions. Many families also have specific beliefs about death. If this is true of your family, you probably want some of these aspects to be incorporated into your funeral. Funeral pre-planning can ensure your values are represented and interwoven seamlessly into your funeral and cemetery arrangements. Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu accommodates a variety of cultures and beliefs, including traditional burials. We can even assist you in designing a family mausoleum or private family estate.
Funeral pre-planning opens up the possibility of pre-paying or arranging funeral payment in the terms of your estate. This will help you determine what aspects are most important for you and keep within a desired budget. It eliminates most unexpected costs and can simplify the funeral process for grieving loved ones.
Funerals are an important step in a natural grieving process. Taking time to ensure your funeral paints a representative picture of you as an individual can help your love ones say farewell in a meaningful way. You can select the perfect location for the funeral service; the day of the week and time; musical selections; décor; specific prayers, verses, or poems; and even musical selections. You can appoint beloved friends as guest speakers. You can also show special consideration for guests by offering a keepsake, such as wildflower seeds or a seedling tree. Visit a variety of cemeteries to complete your cemetery arrangements. This will help you discover what type of burial you prefer and where you would like to be laid to rest if you have not already made those decisions. When you take the time for funeral pre-planning, you can be assured of a meaningful event.
Talk to a local funeral home or cemetery to begin funeral pre-planning. Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu offers distinctive, caring services in a beautiful setting to guide you through your journey. To learn more, call (888) 723-6620.
Last updated 9 days ago
The director of the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families, Dr. Donna Schuurman addresses the unique needs of children when they face a loss. It’s a vitally important topic since the death of a loved one can affect a child for the rest of their life. One key point to help children Dr. Schuurman mentions is to encourage them to integrate the memory of their loved one into their lives, rather than pressuring them to get over the loss.
Valley of the Temples in Oahu offers professional grief and healing services to help children and adults feel that they are never alone when it comes to dealing with complex emotions. If you live in the Oahu area, please contact us by phone at (888) 723-6620 or via our website. We also offer funeral pre-planning and cemetery services.
Last updated 15 days ago
February 22, 2014 (Saturday) Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Jazz is American’s most original music. Because music is a universal art form for people of any ethnic background, religious or non-religious background and because Byodo-in Temple is a “temple of equality,” a gathering place of people from all over the world. This is the perfect venue for this musical gathering.
Temple Admission: $3/adult, $2/senior, $1/child. For more info call at 239-9844 www.byodo-in.com/events.htm
(Schedule may change without notice/Weather Permitting)
Mihoko Maier or Mihoko M, is known primarily as an abstract artist whose paintings capture the rhythm, tonality and spirit of the jazz music she passionately loves: in fact, Mihoko is a singing artist. Miss Azure McCall as her voice instructor, Mihoko debuted as a Jazz singer at Byodo-in Temple in 2007 and has played in many venues since then.
In 1991, Mihoko was instrumental in getting the Zero pilot’s (Lt.Iida was shot down in Kaneohe) helmet returned to the family. She was appointed as the Director of the Hawaii Office for The Japan Religious Committee for World Federation from the main office in Kyoto. The Japanese Peace Delegates have been promoting peace for 33 years. The Peace Delegates are comprised of different Japanese religious high priests & priestess’. As the only group from Japan to officially be invited by the U.S. Government since l981 for this event, they feel a special responsibility. The Chairman of the Peace Delegates recites a peace prayer in Japanese & English at the beginning of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Service every December 7th. After the service, they travel to pay their respects to various memorials throughout Oahu, including: USS Arizona, USS Parche Submarine Memorial, Ehime-Maru Monument, Makiki Cemetery, and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Kaneohe Marine Corps Iwa-jima Memorial, Klipper Marines Memorial, Lt.Iida crash site and other monuments. This December 7th, 2014 shall mark the 73rd national memorial service day since 12/7/1941.
Mihoko M believes that those enshrined at the Pearl Harbor monuments & other places used to enjoy Jazz music the night before the Day of Infamy. Also, Jazz has healing power. She has invited various Jazz musicians around the world. Today’s musicians are: Kit Eversbach (Keyboard), Mark Tanouye (Bass), Phil Bennett (Drums), Everett Cencich (Sax), and Mihoko M (Vocals)
Big “Mahalo” to sponsors, publicity & contributors:
Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine, Japan
Jazz Minds Art & Cafe
Hawaii Herald/Hawaii Hochi
Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Japan
Hawaii Pacific Press
Last updated 16 days ago
Valley of the Temples offers caring cemetery arrangements and funeral services to address your immediate needs if you have lost a loved one. However, our compassionate support continues by means of our website’s Grief and Healing page. Our Executive Counseling Director, Dr. Virginia Simpson, has both the professional credentials and the personal experience to provide sympathetic counseling. She does this via carefully designed online modules, known as Interactive Aftercare. You can customize them to suit your needs and tastes. We also offer Letting the Sun Shine In, a subscription service that supplies positive e-mails to your inbox every day. Such affirmations have benefited many of our customers.
Valley of the Temples in Oahu offers meaningful grief support so that you never have to feel alone. If you have any questions, please contact us by calling (888) 723-6620 or by visiting our website. We also offer funeral pre-planning services and cemetery services in our beautiful Memorial Park Oahu location.
Last updated 23 days ago
Memorial services are an important way for family to grieve the passing of a loved one. While family members are often hesitant to bring small children, a child should be given the option to attend funeral services.
Valley of the Temples is a place where you and your family can celebrate the life of your loved one in peace and serenity. Please call us today at (888) 723-6620 to learn more about our in-ground burial, above-ground entombment, and cremation memorialization services. You can find out more about involving family and friends in your loved one’s funeral on our blog.