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The Benefits of Cremation Services

Cremation has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional burial in recent years. Why? Cremation offers several benefits to the family of the deceased and can even help loved ones through the grieving process. What is Cremation? Most people call the remains of cremation, “ashes.” The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) defines cremation as “The mechanical or thermal dissolution …

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The Changing Traditions in Funeral Planning

You Only Die Once Baby boomers have always strived to establish and celebrate their own unique traditions. We see it in their family lives and in the workplace, where a huge number of older professionals are exploring new opportunities and seeking a balance between work and family, and we even see it in their funeral planning. In their funerals and …

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Pre-Planning a Funeral for Baby Boomers

The baby boomer generation of the 50’s and 60’s is a generation that knows what they want – from organization to planning, hospitality, and comfort. Whatever they could challenge, they did. The “boomer effect” has rocked this country in the best way possible, and now it is being felt in their openness to pre-planning their funerals. Standard funeral services are making …

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What Does a Funeral Director Do?

A funeral director is a licensed professional who specializes in all aspects of funeral services. They perform many tasks that take the burden off the bereaved and help them cope with the emotional upheaval that comes with such a loss. Funeral Arrangements First, a funeral director advises the bereaved on funeral arrangements and arranges for the transfer of bodies from private homes, hospitals, …

How to Make Funeral Arrangements

Laying a loved one to rest is a difficult challenge to face, but making the funeral arrangements doesn’t have to be overwhelming. At Tharp Funeral Home we pride ourselves on providing expert support and services. This ensures that your mind is free to attend your personal needs and those of your friends, family, and loved ones. We hope the following guidelines …

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Planning a Funeral on the Family Farm

Planning a Funeral on your Family Farm Funerals held on family farms are regaining the great popularity they enjoyed before the 1960s. As you can imagine, such memorials have a unique set of features and benefits for the family, and a unique set of challenges for the funeral professional. Consider the Space of the Farm It’s important for the family …

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Leave a Legacy with Funeral Pre-planning

Funeral pre-planning lets your friends and family celebrate you in just the way you like. Alleviate the emotion from your loved ones who would need to make these decisions on your behalf. You can ensure that your legacy is upheld in the manner you like which eliminates any confusion regarding what you would have wanted. Funeral pre-planning is a simple process …

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How to Have an End of Life Conversation with Your Kids

When your kids were little it was “the birds and the bees.” But that was easy compared to this. Now that you are getting older, it’s time to face the reality that everyone will, eventually, pass away. And you owe it to your kids to have an end of life conversation with them so that they know what to do when …

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Pre-planning for Funeral Expenses

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” Preplanning your funeral is a choice to give. Choosing to plan ahead frames your life in a personal design and allows family and friends to celebrate the life you shared with them. Planning a Budget The average cost of funerals ranges …

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How to Write a Sympathy Message

When putting together a sympathy message, it can be difficult to figure out what to say. After all, you want to make sure that the wording is just right and that your feelings are properly expressed. If you are looking to write your own sympathy message but don’t know where to begin, here are some ideas and writing samples to help …