• The Advantages of Planning a Funeral In Advance

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    Imagine planning an entire wedding in a day or two; in addition to the stress of planning it, it’s not hard to envision the wedding being disorganized and a bit disappointing. Believe it or not, the same is true of planning a funeral in a hurry. Planning a funeral in advance has many advantages, including:

    Reduce the Burden on Your Family

    A death in the family is incredibly difficult to deal with, especially if your family is unaware of your final wishes. Do you have a preference between being buried or cremated, and having an open casket or a closed one? If so, make a funeral plan so your family does not have to make these difficult decisions at a stressful time.

    Assume the Financial Responsibility for Your Funeral

    Assuming the financial responsibility for your funeral will allow your survivors to focus more on the ceremony itself, rather than how to pay for it and who will pay for the ceremony. Consider purchasing funeral insurance or pre-purchase funeral services at a funeral home or cemetery to make it even easier.

    Plan a Meaningful Funeral

    A meaningful funeral will help your family reach closure, while giving them the opportunity to grieve and celebrate your life with your surviving loved ones. To ensure that your family can come together for a proper send off, plan the funeral in advance.

    Allow Your Final Wishes to Be Followed

    Late in life, many people have preferences for how they wish to be honored and remembered at their funeral service. Record your desires and leave your plan with your family and a reputable funeral home to ensure your final wishes are carried out. Doing this will give you and your family comfort and peace of mind.

    For assistance in planning a funeral, contact Valley of Temples Memorial Park Oahu. We are happy to help with funeral pre-planning and show you our cemetery arrangements. Call us at (808) 239-8811 or visit our website for more information about our funeral pre-planning services. 

  • Advice for Parents on Talking to Children about Death

    Children often have a hard time understanding exactly what death means. When death does occur, whether it’s losing a family pet or the passing of a relative or close friend, make sure to engage with your children to help them cope with the loss and move on emotionally. In this video, psychologist Dr. Charlotte Reznick shares advice for parents on talking to children about death. She suggests letting children use their imagination to come to terms with death and what it means to them.  

    If you yourself need help grieving the loss of a friend of loved on, the grief support counselors here at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu can help. Our online counseling services are available 24/7. We can also help you plan a fitting farewell for your loved one at our beautiful cemetery in Oahu. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (808) 239-8811. 

  • Grieving the Loss of a Sibling

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    People naturally tend to feel for parents who lose a son or daughter, but many fail to recognize the grief of those who lose their brothers and sisters. That’s why surviving siblings are often referred to as the “forgotten mourners.” If you have lost your brother or sister, Valley of the Temples would like to extend an invitation to our online grief support and counseling services. In addition to our online services, we would also like to take a few minutes to explain the grieving process unique to surviving siblings.

    Mourning the Loss of History

    Siblings share a special history. When a brother or sister dies, the bonds that made that history feel alive are shattered, and the history forever has a void that cannot be filled. When your sibling passes away, it is perfectly normal to mourn the loss of a living connection with your past. But you can find comfort in the fact that the memories will last a lifetime, and that the memory of your loved one will never fade.

    Mourning the Loss of Future

    More devastating than the loss of history is the loss of future. When a sibling dies, one of the immediate sinking feelings is the realization that all future special occasions will be forever changed. Birthday celebrations, anniversaries, and holidays will always be missing someone. But if you keep your brother or sister alive and well in your heart, they will never be far at any special occasion or family get-together.

    The Valley of the Temples Memorial Park wants to remind you that you’re not alone in your grief. You can rest assured of our commitment to helping you through this difficult time. Dr. Virginia Simpson, our Executing Counseling Director, brings both personal and professional experience with death and grieving to our online counseling services. We can also help you plan a fitting farewell to your loved one at our beautiful memorial park and cemetery in Oahu. To learn more about our services, please call us at (808) 239-8811.

  • A Candlelight Vigil at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park

    The devastation left behind by Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented, leaving the Philippines and nearby nations grieving the deaths of thousands of loved ones. Shortly after the typhoon, residents of Oahu with ties to the Philippines were able to come together and share a moment of silence at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. To see how powerful the service was, watch the video clip.

    The Valley of Temples Memorial Park Oahu would like to remind you that you’re not alone. We offer grief support, cemetery arrangements, funeral pre-planning, and more. Call us at (808) 239-8811 or check out our website for more information about our memorial park in Oahu. 

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