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New Ownership at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory

Murrell W. Thornhill IV New Co-Owner with Chris Tharp For Immediate Release Lynchburg, VA: Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. announced today that Murrell W. Thornhill IV has become an owner of the company. Thornhill started in the industry at Community Funeral Home in Lynchburg, the first African American-owned funeral home in Lynchburg, established in 1946 by his grandfather, M. …

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Financial Assistance for COVID Related Funerals Available April 12

6/29/21 Update: FEMA has amended the policy to include some unconfirmed COVID deaths. “Applicants who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses between Jan. 20 and May 16, 2020, will be able to submit a death certificate that does not attribute the death to COVID-19 along with a signed statement from the certifying official listed on the death certificate, coroner, or medical examiner …

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The Benefits of Creative Therapy for Grief

Grief is heavy. Every one of us – no matter where we are in life – will at some point come face to face with the seriousness of grief. Unattended grief can manifest as physical sickness, depression, anger and can affect us in a wide variety of other ways, so it is important to give grief the support and attention …

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Understanding Veterans Burial Benefits

“There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” – Walter Reuther The brave men and women of the military have done us all a great service. The very least we can do to show our appreciation …

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How (and Why!) to Write Your Own Obituary

If you’ve ever had to write an obituary for a loved one, you know what an intimidating responsibility it can be—to try to sum up someone’s life on a piece of paper is nothing short of profound. To ease the difficulty during the period of loss, many individuals are choosing to write their own obituaries—a task that can feel difficult, …

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Food and Feelings: the effects of comfort foods during stress

“When I think of comfort food, grandma’s house immediately comes to mind. My childhood never missed a good, hearty, feel-good meal when we would visit. From a stack of homemade buttermilk pancakes to unforgettable chicken and dumplings, fried chicken that was even better the next day, or an extra-peppery pot roast… just how grandpa liked it. I have a lot …

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“How can I feed them?” 23 food delivery ideas for the bereaved

“Food is comfort. When we think back, times that we have shared with our family generally involve meals or gatherings. Eating and laughing are memories that bring us comfort and when a death occurs, we want to provide comfort to someone who is hurting. It is the act of giving someone food that is the way we express that which …

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4 Easy Condolence Recipes + Printable Meal Cards

Food is not only a necessity, but it also brings comfort to our friends and loved ones who are recovering. Whether it’s a food train, helping with the reception, or an individual effort to contribute, food is a deeply meaningful and integral part of the community’s effort to aid those in distress. “What we really want to do, intend to …

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Grief Rituals that Overcome COVID Limitations

“The Covid-19 virus does not stop grief. It is our honor and duty to still provide our client families with personalized services during this time.” – Renee Townsel, Funeral Director at Tharp Funeral Home Healthy grief cycles are tied to healthy funeral rituals. Remembering the person who died, accepting the reality of death, and receiving love and support from others …

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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 …