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

Selecting a Headstone

After your passing, your headstone will mark a place where your loved ones can gather and remember how you were in life. In a way, your choice of headstone will influence how your loved ones remember you for decades.

Before you select a headstone, you should find out whether the cemetery in which you wish to be interred has any rules regarding the size, shape, or color of the headstone. Once you decide on the basic type of headstone, carefully consider what you want as an epitaph. You might choose the traditional “beloved husband and father,” or a powerful quote that has influenced your life. For help making a decision, you might enlist the help of a family member or your significant other.

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To learn more about your headstone options, call Valley of the Temples of Oahu at (808) 239-8811. We can help you pre-plan your funeral and ensure that your wishes are met upon your passing. Pre-planning can also ease the emotional and financial burden on your survivors.

How to Behave at a Funeral

If you have ever been to a funeral, then you know that it is a somber event for mourners. To avoid offending the bereaved in their time of loss, you must keep a few pieces of advice in mind.

This video offers a basic look at funeral etiquette. First, you must remember to dress in conservative, subdued clothing. If you’re having trouble coming up with something to say to the bereaved, simply say, “I’m sorry for your loss.” You might also consider sending flowers, a personal note, or making a charitable donation in the deceased’s honor.

Valley of the Temples offers a beautiful location where you can lay your loved one to rest. To learn more about our Oahu cemetery, call us at (808) 239-8811 or visit our website.

A Guide to Asian Funeral Customs

A funeral is an opportunity to cherish the life of your loved one and mourn your loss along with friends and family. When planning a funeral, however, it is important to consider certain funeral customs. Learning about and respecting the funeral customs of the deceased’s loved ones can help you offer the right manner of support at the right time. Here is a brief guide to Asian funeral customs.

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Attire

When guests attend western funerals, they are generally expected to wear black attire. In many Asian traditions, however, white is the color of mourning. Because of increased cultural exchange, attendees of Asian funerals—especially those from outside of the family—can generally wear either white or black. It is important to understand the cultural difference in funeral customs, however. In some cases, mourners who wear black attire to an Asian funeral might be asked to wear a white armband. When in doubt, ask one of the funeral organizers what you should wear or refer to the dress code on the funeral announcement.

Views on Death

In many Asian traditions, death is viewed in a much different light than it is in Western traditions. For example, Buddhists believe that though the physical body dies, the soul lives on through a cycle of reincarnation. Hindus generally hold a similar belief about the soul, namely that the soul goes through a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. In these particular traditions, mourning rituals and prayer during funeral ceremonies tend to focus on helping the soul in its journey after death.

Funeral ceremonies play an integral role in virtually every culture. Although there are many differences between religions and cultures, funeral ceremonies of all types are critical for the healing process. By offering you a chance to mourn alongside your friends and family, funeral ceremonies can give you the emotional and psychological support you need. If you want to learn more about Asian funeral customs, call Valley of the Temples at (808) 239-8811 or visit our website.

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Hours of Operation

  • 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Saturday