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

A Look at Cremation Memorialization Options

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After cremation, families must determine their preferred choice for memorialization. Many people are surprised at the number of options their funeral home can provide for memorialization after cremation, so it can be helpful to talk to your loved ones in advance about your preferences and your choices as a family. Here are some of the options that you can consider.

Columbarium Niche
A columbarium is a wall that contains niches that can be used to hold cremation urns. The walls can be inside or outside, and they can be long enough to span an entire wall of a building or small enough to be a memorial for one family. The niches have fronts that protect the urns that can be made out of materials such as glass, marble, or mosaic, and they can be constructed to hold a single urn or multiple urns together. Within the niches, there may also be room to display sentimental items or tributes.

Family Plots
If you have a family plot, you can opt to have cremation remains interned in the plot. In some cases, you may be permitted to use a single plot for the internment of more than one person. Above-ground storage for cremation urns is also possible within a family plot in many cases. This allows for family members who have chosen burial and those who prefer cremation to remain in one location.

Cremation Urns
When most people think about cremation, they envision the use of urns that do not remain in a cemetery. Urns come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials for those who wish to bring the cremation remains home. The remains can also be separated into multiple urns if more than one family member wishes to keep them.

Let Valley of the Temples Memorial Park walk you through all of your options for cremation in Oahu, HI. For assistance with funeral pre-planning or in your time of need, call us at (808) 239-8811.

Valley of the Temples: The Final Resting Place You Deserve

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Your final resting place should be a reflection of your life. Valley of the Temples in Hawaii is an elite final resting place for those who want to spend eternity surrounded by beauty. Nestled in the mountains on the windward side of Oahu, Valley of the Temples is at the same time beautiful and elegant, offering the best in afterlife care.

Our goal is to create the perfect funeral service that meets your family’s unique needs. We customize each service with respect to your religious and family traditions. Veteran’s Honors can be performed, as well as traditional funeral services. Our Signature Services include options such as a butterfly release ceremony or planting a Koa tree in Hilo as a legacy. Whatever your preference, Valley of the Temples can design a ceremony befitting your wishes.

At Valley of the Temples, you have a wide range of options including traditional burials or above ground entombment in a mausoleum. Mausoleums have a long and rich history, and provide a forever home. Valley of the Temples also offers resting places for your family, so you can take comfort knowing you will be together forever. Private Family Estates are your own private cemetery within the memorial park, and Private Family Mausoleums can be custom designed to suit your family. After the funeral is over, you will be cared for with the compassion and exceptional level of service you deserve. Our groundskeepers maintain the memorial park in pristine condition year-round, and ensure your final resting place is forever gorgeous.

Within the park is the Byodo-In Temple, a replica of the 950-year-old Japanese temple of the same name. This Hawaiian version was built nearly 50 years ago, and stands as a commemoration of the first Japanese settlers to arrive on the islands. Within the Byodo-In Temple you will find the Amida Buddha, Bon-sho (sacred bell), meditation pavilion surrounded by wildlife and beautiful scenery. If you are considering entombment, Byodo-In Temple currently has spaces available. You may contact Valley of the Temple for more information on entombment within the Byodo-In Temple.

Valley of the Temple can accommodate your unique plans and special requests. We offer compassionate funeral arrangers with years of experience who are available for pre-need or at-need appointments. Contact one of our planning experts to create the ideal experience that will serve you and your family after your passing. Spend your afterlife in the allure and splendor of Valley of the Temples.

What Not to Say When Comforting a Grieving Person

When someone you care about is grieving, it is not always easy to know exactly what to say to be supportive. If you are worried about how to best express your love and support when you attend funeral services or otherwise spend time with your grieving friend, watch this video for advice.

When someone is grieving, try to avoid saying that you know how he or she feels, because everyone experiences grief differently. Resist the urge to reference religion, spirituality, or point out positives by saying, “at least,” because these things can minimize the grief he or she is feeling. If your friend is struggling to cope, consider recommending grief counseling.

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park supports grieving families at our funeral home near Oahu, HI, with complete funeral and cemetery services and funeral planning assistance. When you need our services, please call our funeral home at (808) 239-8811.

Answering Common Questions About Funeral Pre-Planning

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Although it may seem like a tough topic to face, pre-planning funeral services can be enormously beneficial to your family. If you’re considering contacting a funeral home to explore the option of pre-planning your funeral, here are the answers to some of the questions that are likely to be on your mind.

Why should I pre-plan my funeral?
Planning funeral services after a loved one’s death can be very difficult for family members. At the same time that they are coping with the enormity of their loss, they have to make major decisions about the funeral service, burial, or cremation quickly. This burden can lead to worries about whether they are appropriately honoring their loved ones wishes and concerns about the financial burden of the funeral. When you make a plan for your own funeral service, your loved ones can simply ask the funeral home to follow your instructions so that they can focus on supporting each other, confident in the knowledge that all of your wishes are being honored. If you decide to pre-pay for some or all of your funeral, this also alleviates the financial concerns.

What decisions will I need to make?
When you are planning your funeral, you can make decisions about the type of service you would like, whether you prefer cremation or burial, where you would like to be buried, or how you would like your family to handle your cremains after cremation. You can also opt to add details, such as who you would like to serve as pallbearers and what readings and music you would like to include. In short, you can make your plans as general or as detailed as you see fit.

How do I get started?
Start by talking to a funeral home, who can guide you through the process and talk to you about your options. It can be helpful to involve family members as well, so they understand your wishes. If you choose to plan without assistance from your family, ensure that they know that you have made the plans so they can use them appropriately when you pass.

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park can assist you with funeral pre-planning in Oahu, HI, and help your family honor your plan when the time comes. To start the planning process, call our funeral home at (808) 239-8811.

Choosing Above-Ground Entombment

Funeral Home Oahu Valley of the Temples offers multiple burial options in our memorial park, from our cremation garden to above-ground entombment. If you are considering picking above-ground entombment for a loved one or for yourself as you plan your own funeral, here is what you need to know.

What is above-ground entombment?
Above-ground entombment involves the use of a mausoleum—an above-ground structure that can may contain one or more caskets or urns. For people who are unfamiliar with mausoleums and above-ground entombment, the most famous example may be the Pyramids in Egypt. These familiar structures are some of the first mausoleums known to man. The Taj Mahal and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are also well-known examples of above-ground entombments.

Why do people choose this method of burial?
Some people opt for above-ground entombment because the idea of in-ground burial is upsetting to them. Many people who request burial in a mausoleum do so for this reason. In other cases, it is simply a preference or a family tradition. In some regions of the world, such as New Orleans, above-ground entombment is done because the ground is not suitable for burial. If you think you would prefer above-ground entombment, be sure to discuss your wishes with your family. It can be even more helpful to consider funeral pre-planning so you can be sure your family has all of the information they need about your preferences.

What are private family mausoleums?
Although many mausoleums are home to caskets and urns of many different people, you may wish to have a mausoleum that is expressly for your family. These mausoleums are available in a number of different sizes and designs to suit your needs and your budget.

There are many things to consider when weighing your options for burial. Valley of the Temples can explain all of your options and help you pick the one that is best for your family and how you wish to honor your lost loved one. To learn more about burial plots in Oahu, HI and support in the funeral planning process, call our funeral home and cemetery today at (808) 239-8811.

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