Some Common Questions For Funeral Directors

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Saying goodbye is never easy. When we lose a loved one, our hearts grow heavy and our minds become clouded. It’s hard to believe that amidst all this grief and change, we have to plan a funeral, too. We’ve helped many families navigate this difficult time. For some, it’s their first time planning a funeral. For others, it’s a return to a painful place in their lives. No matter their experience, we get many questions about funeral planning. There are certain ones that come up again and again, reflecting certain shared worries about the funeral planning process.

We are here to help. Our mission is to serve the Abingdon, Virginia community by guiding families through funeral planning journey. We want every family to know what lies ahead on the path toward healing, and our hearts go out to everyone experiencing grief. Here are some common questions we’re hearing, and how we can make this as easy for you and your family as possible.

The Details Of A Funeral Service Matter As Much As The Big Picture

Sometimes, families come to us with questions about what we might consider little details, like how many photos of their loved one they can include on a tribute DVD, and what order they should go in. What we have found is that if you feel something is important, then it is, no matter how small. As funeral directors, it’s important for us to give credence to the family while keeping an eye on the bigger picture. As David Farris once said, “If you take care of the details, the big things will take care of themselves.”

Don’t be afraid to spend time on the “little things” that matter most to you. Your loved one’s funeral is for you. If there’s something that will help you find comfort in their funeral services and feel closer to them, then it’s important. We are here to help keep everything on track.

The Benefit Of Slowing Down

Planning a funeral can be a stressful experience. Sometimes, families will make hasty decisions, and as a result, overextend themselves emotionally or financially. Because you’re so dedicated to your loved one, it’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself during this time.

We encourage you to slow down and take a breath. We know this can feel impossible, but we are here for you. We can help pick up any burdens that you can’t carry while you reflect on what is important to you and your family. Don’t worry about something going wrong or unconsidered. It’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen.

We Have Advice For Your Family’s Needs.

Every family’s needs are unique. But there are some similarities between all funeral services, and we might have some advice for how to make them better tailored to your family’s specific situation. For example, if your loved one was prominent in the community, it’s safe to expect a large number of attendees at the visitation, funeral, or memorial service. Under those circumstances, we’d recommend that your family hold the visitation and funeral on separate days so that your family can greet everyone who comes to the visitation.

In another situation, a widow explains that her grandson is away at college, and was unable to be with the family at the time of her husband’s passing. We’d recommend that she have a private family viewing so that her grandson and anyone else who wasn’t able to be with her husband before he passed be allowed the chance to see him one last time, and accept the reality of his passing.

We are dedicated to helping you make your loved one’s funeral services a beautiful experience for everyone. For us, this isn’t a job. It’s a calling. And it’s an opportunity to help families take comfort and find healing in their loved one’s funeral services. Our experience can help you find peace during this time.

For five generations, the Farris Family has had the honor to serve the families of Virginia during their most difficult times. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our funeral services and memorial services, please reach out to us at any time. We are always available.


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