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 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.

Farris-Luke Appointed to Funeral and Memorial Information Council

ABINGDON, Va. — Kim Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon, Virginia-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Funeral and Memorial Information Council. Her three-year term began Jan. 1.

The Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) is a unique organization committed to enhancing the understanding and experience of the funeral service and memorialization. Founded in 1991, the organization is comprised of representatives from the top 10 member associations in the funeral profession.

In her new role, Farris-Luke will serve as an ambassador for the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a FAMIC membership association that provides resources, solutions and ongoing support to independently owned funeral homes.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve within the associations that have impacted my development as a leader in our company and community,” Farris-Luke says. “My new role on the Funeral and Memorial Information Council enables me to give back, network with professionals from across the world, and learn from others who are deeply committed to serving families who have lost loved ones. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow in my profession.”

Farris-Luke was appointed to the board of directors of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes in September 2016. As the Group 3 representative, she represents members from an eight-state area encompassing Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

A fourth-generation funeral professional with more than two dozen years of experience, Farris-Luke has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees. She frequently speaks at seminars and teaches classes in the community focusing on bereavement support, advanced planning, “green” service and cremation options.

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-Luke Joins Board of Largest and Oldest Association of Independently Owned Funeral Homes

ABINGDON, Va. — Kim Farris-Luke, a fourth-generation funeral professional with 24 years of experience, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

Selected Independent Funeral Homes is a membership association which provides resources, solutions and ongoing support to independently owned funeral homes, and is the world’s largest and oldest association of its kind.

“I am honored to have my peers within the membership select me as a regional representative,” says Farris-Luke, president and owner of Abingdon, Virginia-based Farris Funeral Service & Crematory. “I have greatly benefited from the knowledge and experience of the many representatives who have served in this position before me. I hope to be able to serve others, particularly the next generation, in the same manner.”

Farris-Luke was formally inducted into her new role as the Group 3 representative during the association’s 98th annual meeting, held Sept. 14-17 at the Grand Floridian in Orlando, Florida. She will represent members from an eight-state area encompassing Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Farris-Luke has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees. She frequently speaks at seminars and teaches classes in the community focusing on bereavement support, advanced planning, “green” service and cremation options.

About Farris Funeral Service and Crematory

Established in 1952, 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.