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Funeral Etiquette: Visitations

Funeral visitations are a way for friends and loved ones to support the family and offer condolences in their time of grief. In today’s ever-changing society, where things are becoming more and more informal, it can be difficult to know just what the proper etiquette is when attending a funeral visitation.

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Funeral Etiquette: How to express your sympathy

Expressing your heartfelt sympathy can provide a great sense of comfort to a grieving family. While personal visits are ideal to show you care, there are times when visiting the bereaved at home is simply not possible. Here are some other ways you can express your sympathy for the family.

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What Happens to Your Online Presence After You’re Gone?

These days, most individuals have some kind of online presence. In fact, for many of us, much of our personal information is stored somewhere online. Our financial and business information, music, photos, and other vital documents are usually all stored digitally. Maybe you really haven’t thought about this question yet, but you need to consider: What will happen to your …

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How to Find the Right Funeral Director

When it comes to discussing end of life arrangements, many family members feel uncomfortable with or may refuse to participate in planning the funeral. This is understandable…it is an extremely stressful time and most people have little experience in making funeral arrangements.  However, end of life planning is not something that ultimately can be ignored or put off indefinitely.  By …

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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 …