Factors to Consider When Planning a Memorial Service

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A memorial service is a time to honor the life of a lost loved one while bringing family and friends together to support each other during a difficult time. Sometimes, planning a memorial service while you’re grieving can seem overwhelming, but it can be broken down into a few simple steps. Valley of the Temples is here to help with any questions you may have about planning a service at our memorial park. Here are some of the factors you should consider when putting together the service.


Start by considering where the memorial service will be held. You can opt for a formal, religious service followed by a cemetery visit, or you can choose a less formal environment, such as a favorite restaurant or an outdoor location your lost loved one treasured. Decide if there will be multiple memorials to which different people are invited, or a single service. For instance, you may want to have a memorial service in a restaurant for a large group and a separate ceremony for close family members at the cemetery.


Funeral services with visitation and traditional burials usually happen within a few days of a loved one’s passing. However, if you’re simply having a memorial service, you have more flexibility. If you’re expecting out-of-town guests to attend, plan the service for a date that gives them enough time to plan their travel. Be sure that your desired venue is available for the date in question.

Service Style

To put together the service itself, consider things like music, flowers, and refreshments. Displaying photos of your loved one at the venue can spark conversations about happy memories. Decide who will lead the service and if you wish to have speakers. If you do have speakers, consider whether you want them to read from religious texts, share poems, or deliver traditional eulogies.

Valley of the Temples allows great flexibility for memorial services, so you can design one that truly reflects your lost loved one’s life. At our Oahu memorial park, we also offer a range of burial and cremation options, as well as funeral pre-planning. Learn more about our funeral services by calling our Oahu cemetery at (808) 239-8811.  

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