• Talking to Your Funeral Home about Cremation

    If you are considering cremation for a lost loved one or for yourself while you’re pre-planning your funeral, your funeral home can help you make the right decision. They can explain the process and your options for funeral services or memorial ceremonies as well as your options for urns and burial. Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your funeral home about cremation.

    Where Is the Cremation Performed?
    Some funeral homes have their own facilities, while others use an outside crematorium. If they use an outside service, be sure to ask which facility it is and how often they verify the crematorium’s licensure. Be wary if the funeral home does not closely vet the outside services, as you should feel confident that the process is being handled appropriately.

    Can I Have a Funeral?
    Many people mistakenly believe that cremation means that you cannot have funeral services. In reality, you can plan a ceremony in any way you wish. You can have a viewing before the cremation and a funeral after, or have the cremation performed first and simply have a funeral service. You can also opt to forgo a funeral in favor of a later memorial ceremony, or simply have the cremation performed without any ceremony at all. There are also multiple options for the cremains. They can be placed in an urn, divided among multiple urns for family members, used in cremation jewelry, scattered, or placed in a mausoleum.

    How Do I Create a Memorial?
    Even if you do not have a grave, you can still create a memorial to visit in honor of your loved one. Benches, flat memorials, pedestals, posts, and other monuments are all options. You can also choose a Hawaiian tree legacy, in which a tree is planted in your loved one’s name, or create a tribute video.

    At Valley of the Temples, our funeral home near Oahu, HI is available to answer your questions about the cremation process and your options for ceremonies. Whether you are pre-planning or need our services now, please call (808) 239-8811 for more information.

  • What Services Can You Expect at Valley of the Temples

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    Valley of the Temples offers comprehensive funeral planning and pre-planning services with a range of options to help you create the most fitting funeral service for your loved one. If you are planning a funeral ceremony near Oahu, HI, here are some of the ways we can support you throughout the process.

    We are committed to helping families create funerals that are as unique as the loved ones they have lost. We provide a variety of cremation and burial services, including cemetery cremation. For funeral services, you can choose from a variety of features to put your signature on the service, such as a butterfly release ceremony, scattered flower petals, or Koa trees. We can also provide grief support services to help your family cope and tribute videos to honor your loved one.

    Valley of the Temples welcomes your questions about funeral planning and pre-need planning. Call us at (808) 239-8811 to find out more about our cemeteries and ceremony services.

  • Reasons a Traditional Funeral May Be the Right Choice for Your Loved One

    There are many different ways to pay tribute to a loved one after he or she is gone. Although traditional funeral services are not always the answer, they are right in some cases. If you need to arrange a service, talk to the funeral home about your options and ways you can honor the life of your loved one. Here are some of the reasons a traditional funeral may be appropriate.

    Celebrate Life

    Though traditional funeral services may be somber affairs, they are also about celebrating life. They provide an opportunity for the people who loved the individual who passed to come together and reminisce about what made him or her special. It is a unique time to share memories and honor someone who made an impact on the lives of friends and family. A traditional funeral provides the framework for this to happen.

    Start Grieving

    A funeral service is a natural starting point for the grieving process for many people. Coming together with other people experiencing the same feelings can be cathartic and help loved ones come to terms with their loss. Funerals also help make the loss feel real, which is the first step many people need to take during the grieving process. In addition, when you work with a funeral home, grief support services may be available for assistance.

    Honor Culture

    A traditional funeral means many different things in many different cultures. By holding a funeral that honors a loved one’s cultural traditions, be it a Buddhist funeral or a Catholic funeral, you can provide comfort to the remaining family members. The shared experience of coming together and recognizing your family’s heritage can strengthen your bonds as you move forward together in dealing with the loss you have experienced.

    Valley of the Temples is experienced in helping families honor a range of funeral traditions and can help you plan an appropriate funeral service in Oahu, HI for your loved one. Call us today at (808) 239-8811 to learn more about your planning options.

  • What Type of Grief Support Is Right For You?

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    Losing a loved one affects every individual differently. For some individuals, the grieving process does not start until after the funeral service; for others, it can begin immediately after receiving the news of loss. Properly grieving is important for one to move on, but there is no one-size-fits-all process. Understanding that you may need grief support to move on with your life can be important. It can be difficult to reach out to others after losing a loved one, but fortunately, you have options to get grief support. Read on to learn what type of grief support may be right for you.

    Group Grief Relief
    Sometimes, one can find comfort in knowing that others are going through or have been through the same grief feelings. Joining a support group can help you to process the emotions that come along with the loss of a loved one. Not only will you be able to talk about the loved one you have lost openly, but you will also be able to openly discuss the emotions that come along with your loss. Others will be there to help you along your process, as they have also been there before.

    Greif Relief with the Help of a Professional
    Going through the grieving process with a professional can help you to fully process all of your emotions surrounding the death of a loved one. If you are having a hard time feeling anything about the loss of someone close to you, working with a professional is a great option to help you move through your emotions. On the other hand, if you are feeling too much at once, a professional can help you process the emotions that rise up.

    If you are suffering the loss of a loved one, call Valley of the Temples at (808) 239-8811. Our staff is experienced in more than just planning funeral services; we also provide grief support in Oahu, HI for those in need.

  • Get a Closer Look at the Byodo-In Temple

    When you are in Hawaii, going to visit the Byodo-In temple near Oahu can be a great way to experience even more beauty in the gorgeous Hawaiian Islands. Watch this video to see what to expect when you visit the Byodo-In Temple.

    At first, it may seem strange that this temple is in a cemetery and memorial park, but the beauty and serenity of this temple make it the right setting. It is an independent Buddhist temple and was built in the 1960s. Before entering the temple, ring the bell. After you leave the temple, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the temple grounds.

    If you wish to visit the Byodo-In Temple, contact Valley of the Temples at (808) 239-8811. We look forward to sharing the exquisite beauty of this site with you.