• The Steps of Planning a Memorial Service

    A memorial service is a chance for family and friends to say a final good-bye to a lost loved one. These services can be very traditional or can capture the identity of the person who is being remembered. This video explains the steps you need to take to plan a memorial service. 

    Start by deciding what kind of memorial service you want to have and what the venue will be. You’ll need to choose the flowers you want and arrange for the right amount of food for your expected number of guests. Give out-of-town attendees enough advance notice of the service that they can make travel arrangements.

    Valley of the Temples offer tranquil settings for your loved one’s final resting place. Learn more about our Oahu cemetery and memorial park by calling (808) 239-8811. You can also learn more about our funeral services by visiting our website.  

  • Planning a Meaningful Memorial Service for your Loved One

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    A funeral is a traditional ceremony which typically occurs very soon after death, making it difficult for friends and family to focus on meaningful acts. Memorial services can occur later, giving friends and family more time to create a meaningful memorial for their lost loved ones. Here are some ways you can plan a meaningful memorial for your loved one.

    Work Together

    Memorial services allow all friends and family members to come together and celebrate the life of their loved one. Inviting some friends and family members to help in the planning process will ensure that your loved one gets the memorial service he or she deserves. Working with family and friends will also take some of the burden off of you, giving you more time to experience grief on your own. This is especially beneficial if you were responsible for the funeral and do not feel that you have been able to grieve.

    Focus on Love and Memories

    It is difficult to focus on happy memories during a funeral. That is why it is important to plan a more positive celebration of life for your loved one’s memorial service. This service provides an opportunity to remember all of the wonderful things about your loved one. Try focusing on creating a loving and inviting atmosphere for friends and family members so they can share their favorite memories and celebrate those instead of focusing on the feelings of loss.

    Create Keepsakes

    Passing out keepsakes is a great way to spread the love and ensure that each guest gets a special item to take home to help them remember their lost loved one. As you plan the memorial service, look into different keepsake options such as photographs and books. You can pass out framed pictures or create books filled with memories that friends and family can add to in order to express their thoughts and feelings.

    Valley of the Temples Memorial Park Oahu provides numerous options for funerals and memorial services. Contact us at (808) 239-8811 to start planning a memorial service or learn about other services for cemetery arrangements and personalized memorials. 

  • Choosing Between Cremation and Burial

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    Losing a loved one is never easy, especially if you’ve never felt the pain of loss before. Family and friends can give a proper goodbye by planning a memorial service to honor their lost loved ones. Get on the right track to planning a service for your lost friend or family member by learning how to choose between cremation and traditional burial.

    Learn About Each Option

    If you have never planned a memorial service for a loved one, you may not be aware of what options are available and exactly what they entail. Do some research to learn about the cremation process and what family members usually do with the ashes. You can also learn more about traditional burials and where they take place. This information can help you figure out which option is more suitable for your loved one.

    Think About What Your Loved One Would Want

    It is common for senior citizens to talk to their adult children about their end-of-life wishes. This often includes what the senior citizen wants to happen to their body once they pass. Even if your loved one did not get a chance to make their wishes clear, they may have expressed preference for one option over the other.

    Consider Religious Beliefs or Traditions

    Religious beliefs often dictate what should be done when a loved one passes away. If your loved one followed a certain religion, it is important to see what the beliefs say regarding cremation and burial. You may also think about other family members and customs or traditions that were followed after their deaths. 

    Talk to Other Loved Ones

    Family members and close friends can provide support and guidance during this difficult time. It is a good idea to sit down with family members and discuss your deceased loved one’s wishes and beliefs. This conversation allows all family members to share their thoughts and ideas, ensuring that every voice is heard and respected.

    Learn more about cremation, burial, and other memorial options by contacting Valley of the Temples Memorial Park Oahu. Get funeral pre-planning information on our website or by calling us at (808) 239-8811. You can also visit our memorial park today to speak with one of our funeral planners. 

  • Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

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    There is no easy way to face the loss of a loved one. However, you can learn to cope with the loss while supporting your family and friends in their grief. One of the first steps you can take is to plan a memorial service for your loved one. Remembering his or her life while you gather with family and friends will give you comfort. At Valley of the Temples, we can help your family with cemetery arrangements in Oahu as you plan your loved one’s memorial service. Here are some other ways you can cope with your grief over your loss.

    Don’t Isolate Yourself

    You may feel a strong urge to be alone while you’re mourning, but it’s important to stay connected to family and friends. Lean on your family and friends, and allow them to lean on you. Don’t hesitate to speak up and tell people exactly what kind of support you need, and when help is offered, accept it. Engaging with family and friends will remind you that you have a support system and that you don’t have to face your grief alone. It may also help to see that you’re not the only one in mourning and that others understand the pain you’re feeling.

    Accept Your Grieving Process

    Everyone mourns differently, and there’s no right or wrong way to feel about losing a loved one. Don’t put pressure on yourself to feel a certain way or to hurry up and get over your feelings. Give yourself permission to experience your feelings as they come, and allow your friends and family to grieve in their own ways.

    Take Care of Your Physical Health

    The emotional toll of grief can be so overwhelming that your physical wellbeing takes a backseat. It’s important to eat well, get enough sleep, and get physical activity when you can. Letting your physical health slip will only increase your emotional strain.

    Valley of the Temples offers a variety of burial options at our Oahu memorial park. Call us to discuss cemetery arrangements and to learn more about funeral pre-planning and our Byodo-In temple. Call us toll-free at (808) 239-8811 to reach our Oahu cemetery.  

  • Signature Services Offered by Valley of the Temples

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    There are many different ways to honor a loved one after death. Here at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, we aim to help families plan the proper goodbyes by offering a variety of Signature Services designed to honor and celebrate those who have passed away.

    These services incorporate numerous traditions and customs to provide the most special and appropriate way to honor all loved ones. Our butterfly release ceremony celebrates a loved one joining other loved ones with the symbolism of butterflies. Families can also arrange for flower petals to be scattered during the ceremony. Our Hawaiian tree legacy allows families to plan Koa trees in memory of their loved ones. We also offer a solid wood flag case to proudly display the United States flag for the family of deceased military members.

    These are just some of the Signature Services you can choose from to honor your deceased loved one at Valley of the Temples Memorial park. Learn about our other Signature Services available at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu by calling us today. Contact us at (808) 239-8811 to learn about funeral pre-planning, cemetery arrangements, and more.