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Covid-19 Funerals: guidance for individuals and families

Funeral rituals have taken a new direction in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Group guidelines and physical interaction are two elements that are most affected by social distancing. Many families are asking what their options are for either planning or attending funerals with all of these changes. People are asking questions like: What are the specific guidelines …

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Grieving in a Time of Social Distancing: 5 Healthy Steps Forward

Funeral services can be a definitive moment to say goodbye, to share stories, and find relief. But grieving in a time of social distancing brings its own unprecedented challenges. Under the current restrictions, we’re faced with social distancing, isolation, and shifting expectations. Although it may feel discouraging, it is possible to discover creative ways to remain connected and move forward. …

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Funeral Services During COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

At Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, the safety of our client families and staff is of the utmost importance. Our Mission is to provide you and your family with the highest level of service and attention to detail—at an affordable cost. As a family-owned and operated community resource, we pride ourselves on making sure that your services are exactly what …

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Live Streaming Services Now Offered to Local Families

Live streaming funeral and memorial services are now being offered to families in the Lynchburg, Bedford and Roanoke areas so friends and families have the option of coming together to grieve their loss without the risk of spreading COVID-19. Streaming options include video recording and Facebook Live. In compliance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Funeral Directors Association …

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Unique Ways to Remember Your Pet

You never forget the impact that a pet has on your life. Pets deserve to be remembered in a special way, and the options available to you are as unique as your furry friend. Here are some ideas to get you inspired. Commission a piece of art featuring your pet. A custom portrait of your pet, whether on canvas, in …

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Honoring “Man’s Best Friend” – Funeral Options for Pets

When you lose a pet, you lose a treasured member of your family. As such, your precious pet deserves to have compassionate options after their passing. Tharp Funeral Home is dedicated to serving your entire family. As lifelong pet owners ourselves, we know how much your pets mean to you. Pets love us unconditionally, and it’s devastating to lose such a …

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Children and Grief: It doesn’t always look like you’d think

No matter what our age, grieving is a process. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and the process looks different for every individual. But for children, grief can look very different than the grief of an adult. Children are still learning to understand, identify, and regulate their emotions. When a child is faced with loss and/or trauma, …

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Children and Grief: How do young children mourn?

Helping a child process the loss of a loved one is never easy, particularly when you’re in the midst of dealing with your own grief. But when that child is a preschooler? It can be an even bigger challenge. How do you help a child grieve when they can’t effectively articulate their feelings yet? Here are a few important factors …

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The Very Real, Very Raw Grief of Losing a Pet

When speaking of the loss of a beloved pet, it’s easy to try and minimize the grief. Sometimes, people feel that their sadness isn’t justified. It was “just a pet” after all. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Pets are beloved members of our families, often spending a decade or more sharing their joy and unconditional love with …