Obituary Writing Tips

Losing a loved one is very painful, and the thought of writing an obituary can sometimes be too much to handle. However, writing an obituary can actually be quite therapeutic and is a touching way to honor your loved one. Before you write an obituary, read other obituaries to get an idea of what to include and the tone you should take. When writing your loved one’s obituary, be sure to include any accomplishments that your loved one would want the world to know about, such as military service, education background, work history, or philanthropic gestures. Watch this video for more tips on writing an obituary for your loved one.

Writing an obituary is just one of the many tasks you’ll need to take care following your loved one’s passing. Valley of the Temples Memorial Park on Oahu can help ease your burden with our excellent funeral planning services. In addition to our funeral services, we also provide grief counseling to help you and your family cope with the loss of a loved one. If you have questions or would like to begin planning your loved one’s final arrangements, call us at (808) 206-7610 to speak with one of our funeral directors today.

What Decisions Will You Need to Make When You Choose Cremation?

Whether cremation is part of the pre-need plan you’re making for your own funeral or you’re choosing cremation after the loss of a loved one, there are several decisions you will need to make as part of the process. As you move forward with your planning, here is a look at some of the choices you will encounter.

Family Reaction

More and more people are choosing cremation for a variety of reasons, but it’s possible that some people in your family may have strong feelings about it. When people react against the idea of cremation, it is usually because of misconceptions, such as the notion that you can’t have any kind of funeral service if you have a cremation. In reality, cremation services are part of many cremations, and you can honor a loved one in any way you choose, whether you decide on cremation or burial. Your funeral home can answer any questions you or your family may have about the process.

Cremation Type

Some families wish to have a direct cremation, with which there is no funeral service. If you choose direct cremation, you can still opt to have a memorial at a later date. Others prefer to combine elements of traditional funerals, including a viewing, with cremation. Your funeral home can accommodate any kind of cremation you choose.

Plan for Cremains

Some families prefer to keep cremains in an urn at home, while others wish to scatter at least a portion of the ashes. You can also choose to keep the cremains in an urn at a memorial park or in a mausoleum. Families may decide to share the cremains between themselves in multiple urns or even in cremation jewelry.

Valley of the Temples is here to help your family make decisions about cremation and the right funeral service for your needs. We provide a variety of cremation and burial services as well as a number of options for personalization, such as butterfly release ceremonies and tribute videos. You can learn more by calling (808) 206-7610.

How Pre-Planning Your Funeral Can Help Your Family

No one likes to think about their own mortality, but pre-planning your funeral can provide you the unique opportunity to make end-of-life decisions with a clear mind in a calm and rational atmosphere. More than making sure that your specific wishes are met after your death, pre-planning your funeral can also tremendously reduce the burden on your family after your passing. Read on to learn about some of the ways funeral pre-planning can help your family, then contact a funeral home to begin the process of funeral pre-planning.

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Assume the Financial Responsibility for Your Funeral

One of the hardest things for families to deal with after the passing of a loved one is the financial responsibility of planning a funeral. Even if you leave behind sufficient money for your family, your survivors may have a hard time accessing it in time to make funeral arrangements. By pre-planning and pre-paying for your funeral, you can ensure that your family will not be burdened by the expense of planning your service.

Ease the Burden of Planning a Meaningful Funeral

Families also struggle with the details of funeral planning. Unless you’ve clearly communicated your wishes, your family can feel anxious about arranging a meaningful funeral that honors your life. By pre-planning your funeral, you can spare your family the burden of figuring out how to commemorate your life and mourn your passing. This will also give your family the peace of mind of knowing that your wishes have been met.

If you would like to begin the process of pre-planning your funeral, contact Valley of the Temples. Our funeral home in Oahu, HI can walk you through the entire process of funeral planning to make sure you are completely satisfied with your arrangements. Contact us online or call us at (808) 206-7610 to get in touch with one of our compassionate pre-planning advisors.

A Closer Look at Our New Ocean View Terrace

Ocean View Terrace - Valley of the Temples - Oahu, HI Valley of the Temples is pleased to announce the opening of the new Ocean View Terrace in our memorial park on Oahu. Ocean View Terrace offers another option for families seeking the ideal final resting place for their loved ones.

Ocean View Terrace is a unique space inside our beautiful memorial park. It boasts gorgeous views of well-kept gardens stretching out to the Pacific Ocean with plenty of space for cremation memorials, such as wall niches, pedestals, and benches. There are also traditional lawn spaces close to a waterfall and soothing stream. With multiple burial and cremation options, there are spaces in Ocean View Terrace for all needs and budgets.

Ocean View Terrace is just one of the many options we offer at Valley of the Temples. Our funeral home can work with your family to design a personalized funeral for your loved one, whether you choose burial or cremation services. We can also help your family get support with grief counseling services. You can find out more about our funeral home by calling (808) 206-7610.

What to Expect at a Catholic Funeral?

At Valley of the Temples, we are experienced at planning Catholic funerals. What sets a Catholic funeral apart from other funeral services? Here is a closer look at Catholic funeral traditions.

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Vigil

The vigil, which is also sometimes called a wake, is a time for family and friends to gather before the funeral. During the vigil, people pay respects to the departed loved one and offer support to surviving family members. Usually, there is a group prayer led by a priest during the vigil as well as an area for people to pray alone. The casket is usually at the vigil, either open or closed. A vigil can be held for a single night or may be held over the course of a few nights at the funeral home.

Mass

The mass is the central part of Catholic funerals. During the mass, the casket is received at the church and the priest leads opening rites, the liturgy of the word, the liturgy of the Eucharist, and the final committal. Catholic funeral masses are similar to other Catholic masses. However, there is no kiss of peace and no burning of the incense. Although eulogies were excluded from Catholic funerals in the past, churches are now welcoming them as part of the mass, usually after communion.

Burial

Cremation is growing in popularity among Catholic families, but burial is still part of many Catholic funeral services. Before the burial takes place, the priest leads a final prayer at the graveside and blesses the grave and the coffin with holy water.

Valley of the Temples is committed to ensuring every family that chooses our funeral home is able to honor their customs and traditions. We can help at all stages of funeral planning, from tribute videos to grief services. To learn more about our funeral home, please call (808) 206-7610.