• What Is Obon?

    Lantern lighting, temple visits, traditional dancing, and food offerings are a few of the ways to describe Obon. This festival includes many beautiful traditions and marks one of Japan’s three major holiday seasons. The Obon festival is observed to honor one’s ancestors, and allows families to reunite and pass on ancient traditions. The festivals ends with the Floating Lantern Ceremony, which leads spirits to the water so they can return to the world of the deceased. Plantation workers from Japan brought Obon to Hawaii, where it is still celebrated today. To learn more about Obon, take a look at this infographic from Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, HI. We welcome you to share this information with your family and friends.

    Obon Festival

  • Explaining Wakes to Children

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    When planning to bring kids to a funeral home for the first time, it’s common for parents to have questions about what is appropriate and how to speak with children about death. If you will be attending a wake with your child, then there are several ways that you can prepare her for this new experience.

    Start by explaining to your child what she can expect to see during the wake, including everything from the guests and flowers to the casket. Providing her with plenty of details can ready your child for the visit and make the experience feel less scary or overwhelming for her. Also, allow your child to ask any questions that she has about the wake and answer them honestly. Finally, let your child know how to behave and what might be expected of her during the wake.

    Valley of the Temples Memorial Park offers grief counseling, funeral services, and cremation ceremonies at our cemetery serving Oahu, HI. If you would like to discover more about what we do, then please feel free to call us at (808) 239-8811.

  • How Your Family Benefits When You Pre-Plan Your Funeral

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    While making your final arrangements may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, just imagine how much stress and discomfort it will save your family. Keep reading to learn some of the ways that your family members can benefit when you pre-plan a funeral.

    Less Decision-Making
    The funeral service represents a significant part of the process of saying goodbye to someone who has passed away. However, planning a funeral involves a lot of decision-making, which can put people under greater stress when they are already grieving a loss. To save your family from having to concentrate on funeral planning after your death, you can make your funeral and cemetery arrangements in advance so your family can focus on what matters; sharing comfort and celebrating your life.

    More Peace of Mind
    When it comes to planning a funeral for a loved one who has passed away, much of the anxiety that people encounter can be a result of wanting to do what they hope the deceased would have wanted. This process can be quite stressful, as it’s impossible to know with certainty what someone would have wanted if they never communicated it. Planning your funeral in advance allows you to make key decisions so that your loved ones aren’t left guessing.

    Less Financial Burden
    As with most services, those related to funerals and burials may go up in price over the years.

    If you’re interested in taking the financial burden of the funeral away from your family, then pre-arranging your funeral is a wise choice. By making these arrangements now, you can pay for some or all of the services and prevent your family from having to do so later. Also, funeral pre-planning allows you to lock in today’s prices and potentially save on the total costs of your funeral arrangements.

    Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, HI offers several resources that can simplify the process of pre-planning your funeral service. If you would like to find out more, then please call (808) 239-8811.