It’s important to have a plan when a member of your family passes away. Often however, people don’t like having to make those arrangements while they’re grieving the loss of a loved one. That’s what Tharp Funeral Home and Cemetery advance planning funeral director Nina Starsja visited The Westlake to speak about on Thursday.

“In the Smith Mountain Lake area a lot of folks will have their services at the church,” Starsja said. “Many of the churches are already equipped to have the services but we’re always happy to help and be involved. Sometimes an extra hand is needed.”

Starsja explained that some of the conveniences offered by Tharp include transporting flowers, making additional deliveries as needed. Staff members are also available to help with seating and directing people to where they need to go.

Tharp is a family owned and operated company with three generations of family ownership.

“Some other funeral homes will still have a family name, but they’re actually owned by a corporation,” Starsja said. “To us, funerals and cremations are very personal and a very important thing. I just think that a family owned firm has a lot more flexibility to offer.”

-For more information, see the May 22 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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