• How to Behave at a Funeral

    Because of the emotions and difficulties experienced following the death of a friend or family member, it can be difficult to know how to conduct oneself at a funeral service. Are you planning to attend a funeral? If so, then watch this video for advice on how to behave at this type of event.

    First, strive to be polite to everyone in attendance. Also, wear appropriate attire; while not always required, wearing black is standard. Finally, bring flowers, a card, or a gift with you to show your respect for the deceased and your support for the surviving family.

    If you are arranging a funeral in Oahu, HI, then please call Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at (808) 239-8811. We offer funeral planning, cremation services, grief counseling, and more to help you through this challenging time.

  • A Quick Look at Famous Mausoleums

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    If you are pre-planning a funeral service or cremation ceremony, you may consider having your remains interred in a mausoleum rather than in a burial plot in a cemetery. Originally, mausoleums were created to house the remains of very wealthy or powerful people and their families. Now, many cemeteries and memorial parks have mausoleums on their grounds in which people can be interred. Mausoleums can be found on every continent on earth.

    In the United States, one of the most famous mausoleums that still exists is Grant’s Tomb in New York City. It was built in 1897 to house the remains of Ulysses S. Grant. On Honolulu, Hawaii, you can find the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii. This was built in 1893 to serve as the burial site of a 4-year old prince, and now houses members of 2 of Hawaii’s royal families.

    If you’re looking for a funeral home and cemetery on Oahu, HI, come see us at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. We can assist you in designing a beautiful, private mausoleum for your family or loved ones, and also offer a range of other burial and cremation options. Call us today at (808) 239-8811 to speak with one of our knowledgeable funeral home staff members.

  • Practicing Proper Funeral Etiquette

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    When a person passes on, funeral services and memorial ceremonies give the deceased’s surviving friends and loved ones a chance to honor the individual and show their respect. To do this, understanding how to behave when attending these gatherings can be beneficial. Read on for tips on practicing proper funeral service etiquette.

    Dress
    An important decision to make when attending a funeral is what to wear. Today, it is rarely necessary to appear at a funeral service in all black. However, selecting clothing that is flashy, has bright colors, or features gaudy prints can be considered disrespectful to the deceased and his family. First, check the invitation to see if it includes any specifications regarding clothing. If none are provided, then choose clothing that is clean, conservative, and not too conspicuous.

    Greet
    When you attend a funeral, try to arrive early and be sure to pay your respect and express your condolences to the bereaved family before speaking with others in attendance. Also, be prepared to sign the guest book, speak with others afterward, and talk about how you knew the deceased. Finally, if you are planning to leave early, find a seat towards the back so that you can depart while creating as little disturbance as possible.

    Gift
    Many people choose to bring flowers to a funeral. The flowers you select can be those that were preferred by the deceased or in his favorite colors. However, flowers in white are usually considered appropriate if you’re uncertain about picking an arrangement. Before purchasing flowers, check the funeral invitation to be sure that the family did not make a request for charitable donations in place of gifts or flowers.

    If you are planning funeral services for a deceased loved one, then please contact Valley of the Temples Memorial Park by calling (808) 239-8811. We offer experienced and compassionate services as well as valuable resources to help to arrange a memorable funeral ceremony at our memorial park in Oahu, HI.

  • Meet Michelle Bowerman-Director of Business Operations at Islands Hospice

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    In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Valley of the Temples wants to acknowledge Michelle Bowerman, Director of Business Operations at Islands Hospice. Michelle speaks about her experiences in an interview:

    Managing Emotions
    Michelle has to deal with a wealth of emotions while working in hospice care. She reveals that she takes time for herself to be with friends and family and to walk her dogs. Since she is an animal lover, she also volunteers at the Hawaiian Humane Society. These habits help her cope with feelings of loss and heartbreak.

    Finding Inspiration
    Michelle says that seeing young people pass away evokes strong feelings in her. Sadly, she has dealt this situation more than once. Her daughter’s classmate, described as a “vibrant, young beautiful woman”, passed away at a young age. Michelle also went through the passing of her friend’s 17-year-old son, who was diagnosed with cancer at age 14. She describes him as having the “spirit and presence of a wise, loving old soul”. The impact of these experiences led Michelle to work in hospice care.

    Advice for Others
    Michelle’s main piece of advice to others is for anyone who is considering hospice to reach out for services as soon as they receive a terminal diagnosis. She stresses that this is important in order for the patients and families to get the most out of the services. The patients receive such high-level care that in some cases, they even recover and get to leave hospice.

    To learn more about Michelle, visit our website.

  • The Process of Choosing a Casket

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    Planning a funeral involves a great deal of decision making, which can be difficult while you are grieving. If you are in the process of arranging a funeral service for a deceased loved one that involves a traditional burial, then you may find yourself struggling with the decision of selecting a casket. There are a few factors to consider that can help you make this choice.

    To begin the process of choosing a casket, start by informing yourself regarding the types of caskets that are available. Next, contact the cemetery where you plan to bury the deceased and learn about any regulations they have for casket types. Finally, create a budget for everything funeral-related and determine how much you can spend on a casket. Following these steps, you can choose a suitable casket that you can afford.

    Valley of the Temples Memorial Park specializes in cremation services and funeral planning at our memorial park in Oahu, HI. If you are arranging a funeral and would like to know more about our services, then please reach out to us by calling (808) 239-8811.