Farris Funeral Service to Host Second Annual Holiday Food Drive

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory is again taking action against hunger in the Washington County community by hosting its second annual holiday food drive.

“Ecumenical Faith in Action relies on the generosity of Washington County residents to help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors,” says Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory. “The holidays can be especially tough for those who are less fortunate or may be suffering in our community. This event provides us with the opportunity to volunteer our time and resources, and lend support to those who need an extra hand this holiday season.”

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 Saturday, Nov. 24 through Thursday, 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

Founded in 1952, 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 Offers Advice on Coping with Grief During the Holidays

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the fourth installment of its 2018 Learning Series at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 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.”

“Memories of good times and togetherness during the holiday season often serve to remind us of our loss,” Farris-Luke says. “Particularly in the first year, many bereaved are left with having to develop new holiday rituals and traditions. While there is no right or wrong way to celebrate the holiday season after the death of a loved one, this event will provide attendees with insight into the grief process and tips for understanding and coping with these challenges.”

Admission 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

Founded in 1952, 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 October Learning Series Provides a Modern-Day Outlook on Cremation

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the second installment of its 2018 Learning Series at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, at the Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Mike Farris, manager of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, will present “A Contemporary Approach to Cremation” in an informal, question-and-answer/discussion setting.

“Cremation is a topic in which Washington County residents are beginning to express an interest, especially as the public’s preference for cremation continues to rise,” Farris says. “We often receive questions about the various options for a cremation service, if there are any rules or regulations for dispersing ashes in Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia, and if you can have a private or public viewing prior to a cremation ceremony. We look forward to providing participants with the opportunity to learn more about cremation and answering their questions.”

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

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 Funeral Service to Host July Learning Series, Encourage Participants to Have the Talk of a Lifetime

ABINGDON, Va. — Farris Funeral Service & Crematory will host the second installment of its 2018 Learning Series, “Have the Talk of a Lifetime,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Forest Hills Chapel, located at 19415 Lee Highway in Abingdon, Virginia.

Have the Talk of a Lifetime is a community outreach program created by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC), a unique organization committed to enhancing the understanding and experience of the funeral service and memorialization, and to encouraging families to have conversations about life and what matters most.

Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory and FAMIC board member, will offer practical advice and information on how to ask questions and begin the conversation about pre-planning a funeral.

“Whether it’s sharing stories about a memorable piece of jewelry your grandmother always wears, looking through old photo albums or asking about their favorite color, it’s important to find time to sit down with your loved ones and talk about their fondest memories,” Farris-Luke says. “These conversations often provide important insights concerning the funeral arrangements they would like to have, and how they want to be remembered and honored after they have passed.

“Planning a funeral takes time and requires attention to detail,” Farris-Luke says. “We hope this event encourages families to spend more time together and start the pre-planning process early. Doing so means they don’t have to make such critical decisions as they are trying to navigate the grieving process after a loss.”

Admission to the Farris Funeral Service Learning Series is free-of-charge and open to the public. 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 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 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.