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

An Inside Look at Multicultural Burial Traditions in the Philippines

More than a hundred million people call the vast island nation of the Philippines home. The country’s burial traditions are influenced by the religions, cultures, and histories of its diverse inhabitants’ forebears. To learn more about the fascinating and varied funeral traditions, watch this short video.

Produced by the University of San Carlos’ Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and History, this video clip features a manabtan, or reciter of prayers for the dead, who has more than 60 years of experience. She answers a range of questions pertaining to Filipino funeral customs.

If you are looking to expand your knowledge of multicultural funeral practices or commemorate a loved one with a beautiful cemetery site, you should explore what Valley of the Temples in Oahu has to offer. To speak with a caring and knowledgeable member of our staff about our services, call (808) 239-8811.

How Planning Ahead Can Reduce Stress for You and Your Loved Ones

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The days and weeks following the death of a loved one can be an emotionally draining time for friends and family. While reeling from their loss, the survivors must also contend with the details of planning a funeral and burial. To lessen the stress that may develop from deciding these details, consider funeral pre-planning. Making your funeral and cemetery arrangements now can prove beneficial in several ways. For one, it can give you peace of mind that your end-of-life preferences are carried out as you wish. Second, funeral pre-planning takes the burden off the shoulders of your friends and family. By making clear your desired funeral and cemetery arrangements, you can greatly reduce the anxiety that your loved ones may already be facing during this trying time.

Valley of the Temples provides a wide variety of end-of-life accommodations for residents of Oahu and beyond. Our beautiful memorial park offers in-ground burial, aboveground entombment, and cremation memorialization options. Call (808) 239-8811 or visit our website for more information.

 

Considerations to Make When Facing End of Life and Funeral Planning

Organizing your cemetery arrangements now can save emotional strain for your loved ones in the future. This video describes the factors you should consider when creating your own end-of-life plan.

Your final resting place is a major consideration to discuss with your family. Knowing if you want an in-ground burial, cremation memorialization, or mausoleum can greatly alleviate the confusion that your loved ones may face if left to choose for you. You may also want to inform your family of your funeral preferences, which may include an open casket, closed casket, or urn display.

Valley of the Temples in Oahu can help you decide your ideal cemetery arrangements. For more information on our memorial park options, call (808) 239-8811.

Cremation Versus Burial: Which One Is Right for Your Family?

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Though end-of-life interment is a very personal choice, it is a decision that is often made with one’s family. Cremation and burial are two of the most popular options, and each comes with its own considerations and benefits. If you are currently making your cemetery arrangements, the following information can help you select the interment option that is right for you.

Cremation Many factors typically influence a person’s decision to become cremated. Some individuals may not be comfortable with in-ground interment and find cremation a more attractive choice. Others like the idea of saving the space that is normally required for a traditional burial. Under some circumstances, cremation can be a more affordable option for a family. Cremation can either involve a dedicated in-ground space for the deceased’s remains, or a family might choose to keep their loved one’s ashes on display in a sacred space such as the Byodo-In Temple. In this way, they can visit as often as they like to pay their respects to their friend or family member.

Burial Many individuals choose burial because of traditions already set forth in their family. If a family has chosen in-ground burial for many generations, members may see no reason to change. Some families prefer in-ground burial for religious reasons as well. Since a memorial park can often accommodate the burial of multiple family members in the same area, this option also allows for a collective final resting place. In addition, individuals may want a conventional burial so that their family members can have a specific place to visit when they want to pay their respects. 

Are you deciding on your cemetery arrangements? Let Valley of the Temples guide you through our interment options. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you choose between cremation memorialization, in-ground burial, or aboveground entombment. Call our Oahu memorial park at (808) 239-8811 for more details.

The Types of Burial Options Offered by Valley of the Temples

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Your final resting place should honor your personal wishes, which is why Valley of the Temples provides a diverse array of interment options at our Oahu memorial park. Our extensive grounds can accommodate a variety of cemetery arrangements, and our experienced staff can see to it that your funeral and cemetery wishes are respectfully honored.

Cremation Memorialization Cremation has grown in popularity over the past several decades, in part because of cremation memorialization. Some individuals may have their ashes scattered, while others wish to have them kept in an urn and on display so that loved ones can visit. Valley of the Temples provides several cremation memorialization options for those who want their final resting place within our memorial park. Our Byodo-In Temple is one such cremation memorialization choice that allows for urn displays. We provide in-ground cremation memorialization as well.

Aboveground Entombment Some individuals may prefer a larger resting place where their friends and families can visit whenever they wish. Families may also wish for a communal interment option that multiple loved ones can use. An aboveground entombment can fulfill these requests. Valley of the Temples offers mausoleum interment that can house both urns and caskets.

In-Ground Burial Valley of the Temples strives to provide a serene and picturesque memorial park, which is why so many people choose in-ground burial. Individuals may select their burial site from among several areas within our peaceful memorial park, including our Ocean View and Catholic Garden of the Holy Cross sectors. We also offer private estates reserved for families so you and your loved ones can be interred in the same location.

Come see firsthand the beauty and serenity that defines Valley of the Temples. To schedule a visit to our Oahu memorial park, call (808) 239-8811. We can help you determine the right burial option for you and your loved ones.

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