Farris Funeral Service April Learning Series Gives Participants Food For Thought

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the first installment of its 2018 Learning Series, “Food For Thought,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Mike Farris, manager of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, and Claude Worrell, part-time assistant, will demonstrate how to prepare a variety of healthy, economical meals for participants who are single, widowed or live alone.

“Grieving after the loss of a husband, wife or partner is a challenging process,” Farris says. “Many people find themselves completely out of their comfort zone when faced with tackling unfamiliar daily tasks on their own, such as meal planning, shopping, food preparation, cooking, cleaning and other household responsibilities. This event is designed to teach participants how to make smart choices to stretch their food budget and benefit their overall health — while also helping boost confidence in their own abilities — all presented in a fun, uplifting atmosphere.”

Admission to the class is free-of-charge and open to the public. Pre-registration is required as the event space is limited to 15 participants. Participants will also share a meal together at the conclusion of the class.

For more information or to register, call (276) 623-2700 or email farrisdirector@gmail.com.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Farris Funeral Service & Crematory celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2017, and is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Farris-Luke Named President of Selected Independent Funeral Homes Board of Directors

First Female President in the Organization’s 100-Year History

ABINGDON, Va. — Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon, Virginia-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, has been appointed president-elect of the board of directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, an international association of independent and locally owned funeral homes. She will be officially installed as president during the organization’s annual meeting in October.

Established in 1917, Selected Independent Funeral Homes is the world’s oldest association of independent funeral homes. Farris-Luke is a fourth-generation funeral professional with 27 years of experience. Her firm has been a member of Selected since 1961, and her father, David M. Farris, served as board president in 1999.

“Selected is an organization like none other, with members who exemplify the best of what our profession has to offer our communities,” Farris-Luke says. “It is an honor to be chosen to serve as president, and to serve as the first female board president. As we shepherd in the next century of our association, I am excited about the potential for each of our members to grow and thrive in the changing world of funeral service. Though some may say the future of our profession looks uncertain, I view these times as an opportunity for us to redefine our profession and to develop creative, compassionate ways to meet the various needs of the families we serve.”

Farris-Luke obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina; she has also completed graduate-level education in social work and Christian counseling. She is a longtime, active member of Woodland Hills Christian Church, is a member of the Abingdon Rotary Club, and has served on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. Farris-Luke is also a frequent speaker about grief and end-of-life planning, and is a certified death and grief educator.

About Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Selected Independent Funeral Homes (www.selectedfuneralhomes.org) delivers innovative and pertinent resources, solutions and ongoing support necessary for enduring excellence to its international network of independently owned death-care providers who aspire to be the very best in their profession. Members of Selected operate according to specific standards and best practices in order to provide the public with reliable, high-quality funeral services and funeral-related information. 2017 marked the organization’s 100th anniversary, and a legacy of dedication and support to the death-care profession.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Farris Funeral Service & Crematory celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2017, and is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Abingdon Baptist Church to Host Winter Devotion Service

ABINGDON, Va. — Abingdon Baptist Church, in collaboration with Farris Funeral Service & Crematory and Frost Funeral Home, will host “The Longest Night: A Winter Service of Hope and Healing,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the church sanctuary, located at 361 West Main Street.

The Longest Night is a unique winter worship and devotion experience that seeks to encourage attendees who are experiencing grief during the holiday season. The service will feature performances by the Abingdon Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra, along with scripture readings and prayer.

“Every year, the winter solstice — which is the longest night of the year — takes place on December 21st,” says Rev. Parke L. Deans, minister of music and worship at Abingdon Baptist Church. “We understand the holidays can be overwhelming for someone who has lost a loved one, job, suffered a divorce or a breakup in the family, or relocated to a new area. We hope this event will uplift the spirits of those experiencing feelings of anxiety, sadness, longing and loneliness throughout the Christmas season, while giving them peace of mind and allowing the hope and power of the birth of Christ to move through their hearts.”

Admission to the event is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact Rev. Parke L. Deans at (276) 628-8126 or email pdeans@abingdonbaptist.org.

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Farris Funeral Service to Host Giving Tree and Food Drive

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is taking action against hunger in the community by hosting a Christmas Giving Tree and Community Food Drive.

“We know there are many individuals whose resources are spread thin in our community, especially during the holiday season,” says Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory. “We love being a part of this community, and are always looking for ways we can volunteer our time and resources to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”

Residents of Washington County and surrounding areas who want to participate are asked to donate a non-perishable canned food item or jar of peanut butter during the food drive. Donations will be accepted Monday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 20, and may be placed under the Christmas tree in the lobby of the Main Street Chapel, located at 427 East Main St. in Abingdon, Virginia, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

All collected donations will be distributed by Ecumenical Faith in Action, a nonprofit organization located in Abingdon that provides food, medical and financial assistance, and counseling to more than 1,350 individuals each month.

For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or email farrisdirector@gmail.com.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Farris Funeral Service November Learning Series Focuses on Grief During the Holidays

ABINGDON, Va. — As part of its 65th anniversary this year, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the final installment of the Farris Funeral Service Learning Series at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, will present “Hope for the Holidays: A Conversation About Grief.”

“When a loved one has died, the idea of facing the holidays can be overwhelming,” Farris-Luke says. “Feelings of anxiety, sadness, longing and loneliness can seem magnified, and events meant to bring families together are sometimes difficult to handle. This event provides attendees with methods for understanding and coping with these challenges, and helps them find hope in embracing what matters most during these special days.”

Admission to the event is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, and each attendee will receive a keepsake and resource guide on dealing with grief during the holidays.

For more information or to RSVP, call (276) 623-2700 or email farrisdirector@gmail.com.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Farris Funeral Service September Learning Series Answers Questions About Cremation

ABINGDON, Va. — As part of its 65th anniversary this year, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the third installment of the Farris Funeral Service Learning Series at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, along with Mike Farris, general manager, will present “Cremation: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask,” with a question-and-answer session to follow.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

“We received a tremendous response from the community after hosting our first cremation seminar earlier this year,” Farris-Luke says. “Choosing cremation only indicates how you’d like to care for your loved one’s physical remains, and doesn’t exclude you from celebrating and honoring his or her life in any way. It is a personal choice with many options. This seminar will provide an opportunity for guests to voice any questions they may have so we can address their concerns.”

Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only funeral home in Washington County and Bristol, Virginia, with its own on-site crematory, and is the area’s exclusive provider of Cremation with Confidence™. Six members of the Farris team are certified professional crematory operators who have pledged to abide by the organization’s strict ethical code and perform an exclusive 10-step cremation process, providing greater peace of mind for families who prefer cremation.

The Farris Funeral Service Learning Series is held on a quarterly basis throughout 2017. The next event is scheduled to take place in November.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only Washington County, Virginia, funeral home that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Farris Funeral Service Learning Series to Honor Veterans June 26

ABINGDON, Va. — As part of its 65th anniversary this year, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the second installment of the Farris Funeral Service Learning Series at noon on Monday, June 26, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

The staff of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will honor veterans with an appreciation luncheon, and offer information on veterans services, honors and benefits.

“We are proud to honor our country’s veterans, and give back to those whose dedication and selfless service define our great nation,” says Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory. “This seminar allows individuals the opportunity to voice any questions they may have about applying for a military funeral, including the various types of veteran honors and benefits that are available for their loved ones.”

Admission to the June 26 event is free of charge and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP for lunch, call (276) 623-2700.

The Farris Funeral Service Learning Series will be held on a quarterly basis throughout 2017. The next event is scheduled to be held in September.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only funeral home in Washington County that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.

Farris Funeral Service Learning Series Begins March 28

ABINGDON, Va. — As part of its 65th anniversary this year, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the first installment of the Farris Funeral Service Learning Series at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner, and Mike Farris, general manager, both of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, will present “Cremation: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask,” with a question-and-answer session to follow.

Admission to the March 28 event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments, including dessert, coffee and water, will be provided.

“One of the most common misconceptions we often hear about cremation is that there cannot be a funeral service or visitation,” Farris-Luke says. “Cremation is an alternative to the traditional burial service and does not limit in any way how you choose to celebrate the life of your loved one. This seminar will give individuals the opportunity to voice any questions they may have so we can address their concerns.”

Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only funeral home in Washington County and Bristol, Virginia, with its own on-site crematory, and is the area’s exclusive provider of Cremation with Confidence™. Six members of the Farris team are certified professional crematory operators who have pledged to abide by the organization’s strict ethical code and perform an exclusive 10-step cremation process in order to provide greater peace of mind to families who prefer cremation.

The Farris Funeral Service Learning Series will be held on a quarterly basis throughout 2017. The next event is scheduled to be held in June.

About Farris Funeral Service & Crematory

Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is the only funeral home in Washington County that has been owned and managed by the same family throughout its history. This continuity provides the organization unparalleled perspective on the services, administrative assistance and emotional support needed during the bereavement process. Farris’ spacious facilities offer a number of conveniences, including a full-service reception center available for gatherings and meals, comfortable meeting areas and ample parking. Administrative offerings include assistance with the filing of essential documents, as well as a number of grief education and counseling programs. For more information, call (276) 623-2700 or visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

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For more information, contact Kim Farris-Luke,
president/owner of Farris Funeral Service & Crematory,
at 276-623-2700.