Traditional Flower Colors for a Funeral Service

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Flowers play an important role during funeral services. These natural elements offer beauty to help celebrate the life and love of a deceased friend or family member. Flowers also provide loved ones with a bit of comfort during this difficult time.

If you are planning a funeral or preparing to attend one, you may want to learn about your flower options. Flowers can be used as a decorative memorial or serve as a gift for the family. White is a popular choice for funeral service flowers as it represents purity, peace, and a variety of other positive and comforting elements. Red is another popular choice that represents the passion and love felt for a deceased friend or family member. Guests can also choose an arrangement featuring a variety of colors to provide a touch of beauty during this time.

Find the right flowers for any funeral service here at Valley of the Temples. Get more information about our flower selection as well as our funeral pre-planning services by calling us today at (808) 239-8811.

Healthy Ways to Cope with Loss

Grieving is not a specific process and people do not experience the same steps during a time of loss. Everyone must find their own ways to understand the loss of their loved ones. Learning how to cope is essential for dealing with the emotions that come from this type of loss and learning to continue on with your life.

Watch this video to get some insight into the coping process. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can help you gain more understanding of the situation. Maintaining your physical health makes it easier to stay strong, celebrate your loved one’s life, and gain the closure you need.

Learn about the funeral pre-planning process by contacting Valley of the Temples today. Call us at (808) 239-8811 for information about our Oahu cemetery.

How Valley of the Temples Can Help You Honor the Life of Your Loved One

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Life is full of opportunities to show loved ones how much they mean to us, even after they leave us. A funerals or memorial service celebrates the life of your loved one, including the relationships and memories he or she made. If you have lost a friend or family member in Oahu, the caring staff at Valley of the Temples can help you plan a touching memorial. Here are some of the ways we can help you honor the life of your loved one:

Tribute Video
Whether you store your old pictures in a shoebox or on a hard drive, Valley of the Temples can create an elegantly emotive cinematic video that explores the life of the deceased. This video can be an integral part of a touching funeral or memorial service. Copies can even be made as gifts for family and friends after the services.

Memorial Website
While traditional newspaper obituaries are a touching gesture, they are quickly being replaced by memorial websites. More than just an online repository for family photos and videos, our memorial sites allow friends and family to connect and honor the loved one they all lost. Take a tour of one of our memorial websites today and see how it can be used to celebrate relationships, honor life, and record the love you shared.

Live Funeral Webcasting
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you live in Oahu but the rest of your family is spread out across other islands or throughout the continental United States, Valley of the Temples offers live funeral webcasting so that everyone can attend and pay tribute to the deceased. Live funeral webcasts can even be downloaded to a DVD for a permanent keepsake.

For a touching funeral or memorial service, contact Valley of the Temples. Together, we can design the perfect service for your loved one. If you’re ready to make arrangements, or if you simply have questions for our funeral planning experts, please call us at (808) 239-8811,

Understanding Veteran Burial Benefits

Losing a loved one is never easy. Planning a funeral service can make this difficult time feel even more overwhelming. Luckily, veteran burial benefits make the process a little easier by providing financial assistance for loved ones of deceased veterans. Take a look at this funeral pre-planning guide to learn more about veteran burial benefits:

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What Are Veteran Burial Benefits?

Veteran burial benefits cover some or all of the costs associated with burial and funeral services for United States veterans. This includes veterans from the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Families of veterans can get financial assistance for funeral costs to lessen the burden during this difficult time. Veteran burial benefits can include burial in a national cemetery, grave opening and closing, care and supervision, a grave marker, and a flag. Spouses and dependents of veterans may also be eligible for certain veteran burial benefits.    

How Are Covered Costs Determined?

Burial benefits are offered to a large number of veterans from United States military service, but not all veterans receive the same benefits for their burials and funerals. Veteran burial benefits only cover all of the burial and funeral costs for veterans who were disabled by a service-related injury, veterans who have retired from the Armed Services, and veterans who passed while in a VA hospital or under a VA contract in a nursing home.

How Do You Receive Benefits?

Deceased veterans who are eligible for burial benefits do not receive them automatically. Family members must contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to request compensation for burial and funeral costs. This request must include documentation that verifies the veteran’s military service status. Family members who want a ceremonial flag to drape over the casket must request one before the day of the service.

Veteran burial benefits enable veterans to be buried in national cemeteries, including Valley of the Temples in Oahu. Learn about our memorial park and services by taking a look at our website or calling us today at (808) 239-8811.