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Dying Overweight: Are My Options Still Dignified?

If you or a loved one are very overweight, you may have unspoken worries and concerns about what will happen to the body after you/they pass away. Some very common, but often unvoiced, questions include the following: Will my body still be treated with respect and dignity? Can I be cremated? Are my burial options the same as those of …

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10 Things You’re Too Afraid to Ask about Cremation

1. How do I know if the cremains returned to me are actually those of my loved ones? Carefully maintaining the integrity of the remains entrusted to us is of the utmost importance. At Tharp, we have a unique process in place where two members of our expert staff verify the body and sign off on the cremains so that …

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Surprising Benefits of Prepaid Funeral Expenses

Taking care of prepaid funeral expenses and funeral pre-planning can be a surprisingly empowering experience. It gives you a sense of control over your end-of-life experience, ensuring that things can go just the way you hope they ought to. Here are a few surprising benefits of prepaid funeral expenses. Prepaid funeral expenses are just another part of end-of-life planning Think …

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Everything You Need to Know About Memorial Services

Memorial services, (another term for a funeral or a celebration of life), are services to honor the deceased any time after their passing. Here is what to expect from a memorial service, and some basic etiquette you might want to know before attending one. Locations for memorial services A memorial service can be held almost anywhere. Such as: A funeral …

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Words of Condolences You Should Avoid

It’s never easy seeking the right words of condolence to share with someone you care for who has suffered a loss. Even with the very best of intentions, the wrong choice of words could inflict more harm than good. Here is a sensitive guide to words of condolence to avoid, and a few that might be just right. Words of …

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Why Choose A Local Community Funeral Home?

Choosing a local community funeral home can put your mind at ease when planning a funeral for a loved one. When you choose a local provider for your services, you know that you are working with someone who is an everyday part of your community. Someone who cares about you and your neighbors. Someone you could run into at the …

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5 Uncommon (But Fitting) Funeral Flowers

How do you choose the perfect funeral flowers? Flowers are how we mark so many important, emotional milestones: births, weddings, and the celebration of a life well lived. Traditionally, funeral flowers consist of roses, carnations, lilies, and gladiolus. These are classic choices, but they aren’t the only choice. Here are some creative, non-traditional ideas to celebrate and honor your loved …

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When Funeral Flowers Just Aren’t Enough

While funeral flowers may seem like the standard gift after the loss of a loved one, there are more unique and personal options available as well. Flowers are always a beautiful choice, but here are some more ideas for when you want to do something more. Donate to your loved one’s favorite charity. Make a donation in your loved one’s …

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Veteran’s Funeral Planning: Celebration of Life

A veteran’s funeral ought to be a celebration. They deserve the greatest honor for their years spent serving our country. A veteran lived a selfless life of sacrifice for their family and their nation, and that life deserves to be celebrated. Making a funeral into a celebration of life can be a very healing, joyful option for the loved ones …

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How Prepaid Funeral Expenses Can Save You Money

Prepaid funeral expenses can reduce the stress on your loved ones during a very difficult time. It’s never too early to start thoughtfully considering what your wishes may be. Preplanning and prepaying your funeral expenses is definitely something to consider, and it may even save you money in the long run. Here are some things to keep in mind as …