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 you wanted. Even in these difficult times, we promise that you will look back on the healing tribute you plan for your loved one with pride and satisfaction.

Will all the services we planned need to be postponed? No. There are still ways to celebrate a life within the current rules and safety parameters. Our first priority is always safety for you, your family and each of our guests. We have taken precautions to ensure that you can still grieve in a healthy way, without having to postpone all services.

Are we allowed to have a wake? Yes. In full compliance with both Federal and local regulations and out of an abundance of caution, we have taken thoughtful measures to accommodate a wake in a safe and controlled manner.

How many people can attend a wake? At this time, restrictions prohibit gatherings of 10 persons or more. However, if more than 10 are in attendance, we have additional staff on-site to direct guests to spread out in separate areas of our facilities. Through our closed-circuit system, everyone can remain safely connected.

Can services be postponed? Yes, some services can be postponed. Certainly, the safety of your loved ones is of utmost importance. Arrangements can be made to suit your specific needs.

Is it possible to hold services under current social distancing restrictions? Yes. Some religious services continue to be conducted. By leveraging technology, we have creative ways to connect your family to these services. You can choose to live stream the events and/or record services using a platform called Vimeo. A link to the recording can be hosted on the obituary page and sent to your family via email.

Can arrangements be made remotely? Yes. If you prefer, arrangements can be made entirely from the comfort and safety of your home. While speaking over the phone, we can walk you through every step. We can talk one-on-one or set up a conference call or virtual meeting for multiple members of the family. Documents can be shared electronically, as well, so that if you so choose, you do not have to come in at all.

Can I still schedule an in-person meeting? Yes. We understand that while processing a loss, adding a computer to the mix can be an unwelcome challenge. If you prefer not to make arrangements remotely, call to schedule an appointment in our office. In full compliance with both Federal and local regulations and out of an abundance of caution, we have taken thoughtful measures to meet in a safe and controlled manner.

Can I see my loved one for the last time? Yes, of course. We encourage you to say goodbye and will make accommodations to ensure that you can do so safely.

How are services for veterans impacted? We are still helping families obtain military honors. Our local American Legion continues to conduct military honors. We also have service members on our staff who are available to ensure that the rituals like folding and presenting the flag can be conducted.

I still have questions. What should I do next? With ever-changing guidelines, more questions can arise every day. Do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. Together, we can go through your specific situation and tailor a solution that meets your specific needs and goals. We’re here for you.

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