When families consider having a Pillow-side service, they are encouraged to notify Rev. Aoki with advance notice. This offers Rev. Aoki time to adjust his schedule accordingly. Depending on the wishes of the family, Rev. Aoki is quite prepared to conduct the service immediately following the passing away, wherever the location or whenever the hour. In fact, the family may prefer to have the service at a later time which is acceptable. Providing information prior to a passing away is important for Rev. Aoki to, not only adjust his schedule but to prepare for the service. The early contact with Rev. Aoki also provides an opportunity for him to offer information and answer questions the family may have.
Dr. Bob Akune
VBT Funeral Committee Chair