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

Obituary Writing Tips

Losing a loved one is very painful, and the thought of writing an obituary can sometimes be too much to handle. However, writing an obituary can actually be quite therapeutic and is a touching way to honor your loved one. Before you write an obituary, read other obituaries to get an idea of what to include and the tone you should take. When writing your loved one’s obituary, be sure to include any accomplishments that your loved one would want the world to know about, such as military service, education background, work history, or philanthropic gestures. Watch this video for more tips on writing an obituary for your loved one.

Writing an obituary is just one of the many tasks you’ll need to take care following your loved one’s passing. Valley of the Temples Memorial Park on Oahu can help ease your burden with our excellent funeral planning services. In addition to our funeral services, we also provide grief counseling to help you and your family cope with the loss of a loved one. If you have questions or would like to begin planning your loved one’s final arrangements, call us at (808) 206-7610 to speak with one of our funeral directors today.

What to Expect at a Catholic Funeral?

At Valley of the Temples, we are experienced at planning Catholic funerals. What sets a Catholic funeral apart from other funeral services? Here is a closer look at Catholic funeral traditions.

Catholic Funeral on Oahu - Valley of the Temples

Vigil

The vigil, which is also sometimes called a wake, is a time for family and friends to gather before the funeral. During the vigil, people pay respects to the departed loved one and offer support to surviving family members. Usually, there is a group prayer led by a priest during the vigil as well as an area for people to pray alone. The casket is usually at the vigil, either open or closed. A vigil can be held for a single night or may be held over the course of a few nights at the funeral home.

Mass

The mass is the central part of Catholic funerals. During the mass, the casket is received at the church and the priest leads opening rites, the liturgy of the word, the liturgy of the Eucharist, and the final committal. Catholic funeral masses are similar to other Catholic masses. However, there is no kiss of peace and no burning of the incense. Although eulogies were excluded from Catholic funerals in the past, churches are now welcoming them as part of the mass, usually after communion.

Burial

Cremation is growing in popularity among Catholic families, but burial is still part of many Catholic funeral services. Before the burial takes place, the priest leads a final prayer at the graveside and blesses the grave and the coffin with holy water.

Valley of the Temples is committed to ensuring every family that chooses our funeral home is able to honor their customs and traditions. We can help at all stages of funeral planning, from tribute videos to grief services. To learn more about our funeral home, please call (808) 206-7610.

A Closer Look at Our New Ocean View Terrace

Ocean View Terrace - Valley of the Temples - Oahu, HIValley of the Temples is pleased to announce the opening of the new Ocean View Terrace in our memorial park on Oahu. Ocean View Terrace offers another option for families seeking the ideal final resting place for their loved ones.

Ocean View Terrace is a unique space inside our beautiful memorial park. It boasts gorgeous views of well-kept gardens stretching out to the Pacific Ocean with plenty of space for cremation memorials, such as wall niches, pedestals, and benches. There are also traditional lawn spaces close to a waterfall and soothing stream. With multiple burial and cremation options, there are spaces in Ocean View Terrace for all needs and budgets.

Ocean View Terrace is just one of the many options we offer at Valley of the Temples. Our funeral home can work with your family to design a personalized funeral for your loved one, whether you choose burial or cremation services. We can also help your family get support with grief counseling services. You can find out more about our funeral home by calling (808) 206-7610.

What Decisions Will You Need to Make When You Choose Cremation?

Whether cremation is part of the pre-need plan you’re making for your own funeral or you’re choosing cremation after the loss of a loved one, there are several decisions you will need to make as part of the process. As you move forward with your planning, here is a look at some of the choices you will encounter.

Family Reaction

More and more people are choosing cremation for a variety of reasons, but it’s possible that some people in your family may have strong feelings about it. When people react against the idea of cremation, it is usually because of misconceptions, such as the notion that you can’t have any kind of funeral service if you have a cremation. In reality, cremation services are part of many cremations, and you can honor a loved one in any way you choose, whether you decide on cremation or burial. Your funeral home can answer any questions you or your family may have about the process.

Cremation Type

Some families wish to have a direct cremation, with which there is no funeral service. If you choose direct cremation, you can still opt to have a memorial at a later date. Others prefer to combine elements of traditional funerals, including a viewing, with cremation. Your funeral home can accommodate any kind of cremation you choose.

Plan for Cremains

Some families prefer to keep cremains in an urn at home, while others wish to scatter at least a portion of the ashes. You can also choose to keep the cremains in an urn at a memorial park or in a mausoleum. Families may decide to share the cremains between themselves in multiple urns or even in cremation jewelry.

Valley of the Temples is here to help your family make decisions about cremation and the right funeral service for your needs. We provide a variety of cremation and burial services as well as a number of options for personalization, such as butterfly release ceremonies and tribute videos. You can learn more by calling (808) 206-7610.

What Is a Chronological Eulogy?

When you arrange a funeral, one of the decisions you will need to make is who will delivery the eulogy at the funeral service. Being asked to deliver a eulogy is an honor, but writing one can an emotional process. There are several different types of eulogies that can be used, including a chronological eulogy. Watch this video to learn more.

A chronological eulogy provides a factual retelling of a person’s life, including his or her achievements and major experiences. Some people find that taking this approach to a eulogy makes it easier to deliver in light of the emotion involved in a funeral service.

At Valley of the Temples, our funeral home staff is here to make the funeral planning process as easy for you as possible. We offer a variety of funeral ceremony styles, including cremation ceremonies. When you need our services, call (808) 206-7610.

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