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

What Is Funeral Pre-Planning?

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If you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one, you already understand how difficult it can be to make the cemetery arrangements while coping with your grief. However, funerals do not necessarily need to be arranged only after death.

By making funeral plans in advance, you can spare your surviving loved ones the emotional and financial burdens of making the arrangements. Funeral pre-planning has an additional benefit—you can ensure that your funeral is arranged according to your specific preferences. Consult the compassionate staff at your chosen cemetery to make the arrangements. You may choose the details of the service, such as the music, types of flowers, and casket. The extent of your funeral pre-planning is entirely up to you.

At the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, we offer comprehensive funeral pre-planning services. Call our Oahu, Hawaii office today at (808) 239-8811 to schedule an appointment with one of our pre-planning advisors.

How to Buy a Cemetery Plot

The process of buying a cemetery plot varies depending upon your personal preferences and the type of cemetery you choose. For example, if you choose a community or church cemetery, purchasing a plot might involve making a donation to that organization. Alternatively, you might choose a commercially owned cemetery.

For more information on the options available to you, watch this video. The expert in this video explains some factors for consideration, such as the possibility of buying multiple plots in anticipation of keeping family members together after death.

To discuss funeral pre-planning and cemetery arrangements, contact the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at (808) 239-8811. We’re located on scenic Oahu, Hawaii.

The History of the Byodo-In Temple

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Like many other cultures, Japanese culture places history and tradition in high regard. Understanding the significance of cherished cultural icons can bring you one step closer to understanding Japan’s people and values. One of Japan’s beloved cultural fixtures is the Byodo-In Temple. Keep reading to learn about the history of this temple and its place in Japanese culture.

Building and Conversion The Byodo-In Temple was built in 998 A.D. in Uji, Kyoto. This date falls in the Heian period, which was characterized by its many developments in art and literature. Just like many other Japanese temples, the Byodo-In Temple was initially built to be a private residence; in this case for Fujiwara no Yorimichi, Chief Advisor to the Emperor. Another member of the Fujiwara family converted the residence into a temple in 1052.

Temple Complex Originally, the complex of the Byodo-In Temple was quite large, with numerous buildings and a pond whose beach touched the banks of the Uji River. The complex had been expanded in 1053 with the addition of the Phoenix Hall. Unfortunately, the complex suffered significant damage in a fire during a civil war in 1336. The Phoenix Hall remains, however, and to this day it contains the Amida Buddha, a prized nine-foot statue. The Amida Buddha and the Phoenix Hall are classified as Japanese National Treasures.

Temple Replica The Byodo-In Temple is so revered in Japanese culture that a replica was built in the 1960’s. This temple is located near the scenic Ko’olau Mountains on Oahu, Hawaii. The newer Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple that welcomes visitors who wish to reflect on the storied history of the complex.

You can admire the beauty of the Byodo-In Temple replica by visiting the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, Hawaii. Contact us at (808) 239-8811 or visit our website to learn more about us. We also offer compassionate cemetery services and funeral arrangements.

A Guide to Your Options for Honoring Your Loved One's Life

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Each person grieves the loss of a loved one in his or her unique way. There is never any right or wrong way to cherish the memories of your loved one. Let your intuition and remembrance of your loved one guide you as you make decisions regarding the cemetery arrangements. The staff at the cemetery can help you explore your options for memorials, which may include the following:

Memorial Items Consider having personalized memorial items printed in remembrance of your loved one. The staff at the cemetery will walk you through your options, which might include service programs and prayer cards. Consider including a personal tribute to your loved one on these items, such as a photo or a poem that your loved one cherished. These memorial items will give the funeral guests a means of remembering their lost loved one for years to come.

Tribute Videos Tribute videos are a touching addition to a funeral service. Provide the cemetery personnel with family photographs, which can be combined with thoughtful music to produce a cinematic remembrance of your loved one.

Memorial Websites Over the years, your family members and the friends of your lost loved one may have moved away. Memorial websites provide a personal connection to all mourners, no matter where they may be. You can upload your family photos and videos to the website and invite fellow mourners to do the same.

Live Webcasts It can sometimes be difficult for all mourners to attend the cemetery service if they live far away and are unable to travel. Still, many find that a funeral service is an integral part of the mourning process; it allows family and friends to share memories of the loved one and say a final goodbye. For mourners who cannot physically attend the service, a live webcast could be the answer.

Receive the guidance you need to plan a touching tribute to your loved one. Contact the compassionate staff of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park to discuss cemetery arrangements. You can reach our Oahu office at (808) 239-8811.

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