• Delivering a Eulogy

    Being asked to provide the eulogy for a lost loved one’s funeral services can make you feel both flattered and anxious. Watch this video for advice on delivering a eulogy that will provide comfort to the friends and family gathered for the funeral.

    Keep in mind that a eulogy is not meant to be a biography. Instead, you can include stories that capture what was truly special about the person who was lost. A funeral service is often a solemn yet emotional occasion, and speaking from the heart will allow you to deliver a memorable tribute.

    Valley of the Temples provides assistance with all stages of funeral planning in Oahu, HI and can help you incorporate a eulogy into your ceremony. Learn more about our services by calling (808) 239-8811.

  • Funeral Planning: How to Arrange a Cremation

    Cremation is a wonderful burial service option when someone passes. Whether you are helping a loved one to fulfill a final request or planning a cremation near O’ahu, HI, it is important to know the cremation process.

    Watch this video to become familiar with arranging a cremation. During this process, a funeral director will help to inform you of your options, make sure you receive and sign the proper permits, and help you to schedule the actual cremation. Your family can rest assured the funeral director will see the cremation process through. Once the cremation is completed, the funeral director will safely return the cremains back to your family.

    If you are looking for guidance on cremation services, call Valley Of The Temples at (808) 239-8811. For 50 years, our staff has been helping others sort through the cremation process.

  • What to Expect at a Buddhist Funeral

    Buddhist Funeral O'ahu

    With 3-4 million practicing Buddhists in America, you may find yourself attending a Buddhist funeral. If you are planning to attend a Buddhist funeral ceremony near O’ahu, HI, it will be helpful to know what to expect. Read on to gain a better understanding of what a Buddhist funeral is like.

    As long as the ceremony is simplistic and dignified, there are many ways to hold Buddhist funeral. The Buddhist faith accepts many different rituals. Although Buddha was cremated, embalming and cremation are both considered appropriate. However, prior to embalming or cremation it is thought best to disturb the body of the deceased as little as possible.

    Many Buddhist funerals will take place on the third, seventh, forty-ninth, or one-hundredth day after the death. Because of this, funeral services can be held prior to or after embalming or cremation occurs. These services can take place at a cemetery or the family’s home.

    The Wake
    If there is a wake, the deceased will be dressed in simple clothes and may be surrounded by a photo of Buddha, incense, colorful fruits and flowers. When it is practical, chanting will occur at the wake. These chants may be recorded ahead of time or performed live by monks.

    The Funeral
    There are many appropriate ways to hold a Buddhist funeral, but it is never acceptable to express grief through riches. As with the wake, flowers, fruits, and a photo of Buddha may appear next to the deceased. Monks and other mourners may deliver prayers, sermons, or chants. Those attending should also join the chanting and remove any head coverings during prayer and sermons. At the end, the monks and family will lead a procession. If the deceased in is a casket, the procession will continue to the burial site.

    If you are planning a Buddhist funeral ceremony, please call Valley Of The Temples at (808) 239-8811. Since 1963, we have been helping families of all faiths lay their loved ones to rest in a peaceful and serene setting on the Windward side of O’ahu.

  • Understanding Your Cemetery Options

    Funeral Home O'ahu

    It is important to understand your cemetery options so you can get exactly what you are looking for. If you are trying to pre-plan a funeral near O’ahu, HI, take the time to know your cemetery options.

    A mausoleum is an above ground entombment that has room for one or more caskets. You can even get a private mausoleum for your whole family. Another option is an in-ground burial that allows for a traditional or cremation burial. Also, some cemeteries may offer a space that would allow your family to attain a private cemetery within a larger cemetery.

    Valley Of The Temples can help you pre-plan your family’s funeral services today. Call us at (808) 239-8811, so we can go over cemetery options with you. Our cemetery offers exquisite garden and ocean views on the Windward side of O’ahu. We look forward to speaking with you.