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Making a Difference

starfish3I saw a photo of how cattle react to threatening conditions by clustering together and facing toward the center, away from the threat. While this may work for cattle, it makes me think of humans who choose to avert their eyes or to not put them in places where something can be seen or experienced which causes discomfort.  As the saying goes, there are none so blind as those who will not see…

In thinking about this I am reminded of the story and image of the child throwing starfish back into the ocean, saving a life with each toss. The person observing this inquires as to how this can make a difference and the child tosses one back and says “it made a difference to that one.”

In today’s world, we are surrounded by lots of information and plenty of selfishness (“it’s all about me”).  Changing the world may seem overwhelming, but we have the opportunity to change ourselves and make changes one at a time in the lives of people we meet.

Life affords us the opportunity to be observant, kind, and present to the situations and needs of others. It could be a neighbor, a member of a family we are serving, a co-worker, a server in a restaurant, or someone on the other side of the world (e.g. The Heifer Project). My observation is those who routinely and genuinely aim their hearts and minds toward others are those who seem to live the richest and fullest lives.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer.

All my best,
John J. Horan

Honoring Our Heroes with Special Benefits

At Horan & McConaty, we are eternally indebted to our military veterans who courageously serve our nation and protect our freedom. We honor our veterans by assisting them with obtaining all veterans benefits, Social Security benefits and life insurance benefits. There are many misconceptions regarding what benefits are available to veterans.

To learn more about what your actual benefits may be, please join us for a complementary lunch or dinner and this FREE seminar.  Be sure to bring your honorable discharge (DD-214) along, so we can make copies of it for you to distribute family members.  Please RSVP at 303.743.8804 to reserve your space at one of these valuable sessions TODAY!

Monday, July 20
11150 East Dartmouth Avenue, Aurora
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Noon and 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21
3101 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood
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Noon and 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22
9998 Grant Street, Thornton
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Thursday, July 23
5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial
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John Horan Shares David Metzler’s Story and Talks Pre-Planning on Colorado and Company

On NBC Colorado and Company, watch as John Horan talks with Denise Plante and shares David Metzler’s story about his wife, their life together and why TRUST made him choose Horan & McConaty.  John also shares the importance of preplanning and what it means to a family.

John Horan Shares David Metzler’s Story and Talks Pre-Planning on Colorado and Company

January Caregiver Award Recipient

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Martha Vogt, a volunteer at Porter Hospice, is the winner of the January Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Martha was nominated by Marie Baillargeon, Volunteer Program Manager Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice Centura Health at Home, who described her with these words…

I am submitting Martha Vogt for the Hospice Caregiver award and as you will read you will see the many reasons why. Martha was been a Volunteer for our Hospice program for the last 13 years. She Volunteers at our Porter Hospice Residence. Volunteer shifts are 1x a week or every other week for 4 hour time frame. Martha Volunteers every Thursday & Sunday for 2 shifts (8:30-4:30). She also comes in on Tuesdays for 4 hours to scan medical records before they head out to the main office. When our maintenance/housekeeping employee is on vacation, rather it be a few days or a week, Martha does come in and cleans the building. Our patients love our bird feeders and Martha buys our birdfeed and goes out fills them weekly. You can see Martha washing clothes, gardening, cleaning as well as attending meetings and working with patients as well as families to insure that she is making their stay here as close to home as possible. I just found out that she also buys lotions and soaps that smell amazing for our patients. Martha has a true heart as a Volunteer and a great caregiver and she not only gives of her time, monies and sweat she is the most humble person I know and gives everything she has to make a difference. She is a real leader with all the Volunteers and makes sure that every shift is covered. When she sees and hears of a need for a family member or patient she is right there pitching in. She even runs to the grocery store to buy flowers and food when needed. Did I mention that lives in Kiowa and lives 1 hour away from the residence! There are not enough words that I can express to tell you how much Martha means to me as the Program Manager. I feel grateful and humbled every day to walk along someone who is part of our Hospice family. She is a true angel. I appreciate your consideration and hope while reading this that you will understand what a great steward she is but her spirit is amazing.

Marie Baillargeon
Volunteer Program Manager Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice Centura Health at Home

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

An Open Letter to Bereaved Parents

My aunt, Nancy Knowlton, shares “thoughts of the day” with me.  This one touched me, especially.  We aren’t sure who authored this, but her grandfather, my great-grandfather, was widely known for his own writings or sharing the most meaningful writings of others.
-John Horan

An Open Letter to Bereaved Parents:

I won’t say, “I know how you feel” –because I don’t. I’ve lost grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, but I’ve never lost a child. So how can I say I know how you feel?

I won’t say, “You’ll get over it” –because you won’t. Life will have to go on. The washing, cooking, cleaning, the common routine. These chores will take your mind off your loved one, but the hurt will still be there.

I won’t say, “Your other children will be a comfort to you” –because they may not be. Many mothers I’ve talked to say that after they have lost a child, they easily lose their temper with their remaining children.  Some even feel resentful that they’re alive and healthy, when the other child is not.

I won’t say, “never mind, you’re young enough to have another baby” –because that won’t help. A new baby cannot replace the one you’ve lost. A new baby will fill your hours, keep you busy, give you sleepless nights. But it will not replace the one you’ve lost.

You may hear all these platitudes from your friends and relatives. They think they are helping. They don’t know what else to say. You will find out who your true friends are at this time. Many will avoid you because they can‘t face you. Others will talk about the weather, the holidays and the school concert, but never about your child. Never about how you are coping.

So what will I say? I will say, “I’m here. I care. Any time. Anywhere.” I’ll cry with you if need be. I’ll talk about your loved one. We’ll laugh about the good memories. I won’t mind how long you grieve. I won’t tell you to pull yourself together. No, I don’t know how you feel — but with sharing, perhaps I will learn a little of what you are going through. And perhaps you will feel comfortable with me and find your burden has eased. Try me.

2014 Caregiver of the Year

2014 Hospice Caregiver Award Winners

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In January we gathered all our 2014 monthly Hospice Caregiver Award winners, along with their friends and family members to celebrate twelve amazing caregivers in our community.  We shared dinner and the beautiful nominations each of them received last year. Joan Hummel from Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice was named Hospice Caregiver of the Year for 2014. Congratulations, Joan, and thank you for all you do!

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Left to Right: Daren Forbes, Vice-President & COO, Horan & McConaty; Joan Hummel, Grief Counselor, Porter Hospice/ St. Anthony Hospice and 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Year;  Jennifer McBride, Vice President, Horan & McConaty.

Understand Your Veterans Benefits for You and Your Family

VeteransSeminarMonday, February 23, 2015
Dinner served at 6:00pm
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd. (Lakewood)

At Horan & McConaty, we are eternally indebted to our military veterans who courageously serve our nation and protect our freedom. We honor our veterans by assisting their families with obtaining all veterans’ benefits, Social Security benefits and life insurance benefits.
Join us for a complimentary dinner and learn how planning ahead can give you and your family peace of mind and how your Veteran’s benefits can save you a substantial amount of money. We specialize in explaining and obtaining the federal burial benefits you and your dependents are entitled to receive.

RSVP’S APPRECIATED by February 21st. Please call 303.743.8804

Meet John and Valerie Horan

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Plan for Retirement NOW!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Dinner served at 6:00pm

1091 S. Colorado Street

All are welcome for a complimentary dinner and a comprehensive seminar on preparing for the next phase of your life. Learn about the things that need to be discussed in planning for retirement from our panel of experts: Mr. Richard Hughes, principal partner at The Hughes Law Firm, William Kowalski, Financial Advisor with Raymond James and Bill Logan Advance Planning Advisor with Horan & McConaty.

RSVP’S APPRECIATED by February 13th
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Meet Our December Caregiver of the Month

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Simone Turner, Intake Coordinator at Suncrest Hospice, is the winner of the December Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Kim Braun who had this to say about:

I would like to nominate Simone Turner as “Caregiver of The Month.” Where Simone, as an Intake Coordinator, is not your typical caregiver in the sense of direct care, she is every sense of a caregiver when it comes to the first interaction many of our prospect patients and families have when it comes to learning about hospice. Simone is typically the first contact these individuals will speak to about hospice, and where they rarely meet her in person they end their initial conversation with a feeling of comfort, relieve and outlet. As her director, I have left the Intake Office in awe numerous times after having the opportunity to hear her educate these patients (often for more than an hour) with such empathy, compassion, patience and professionalism. No matter how difficult this conversation may be, Simone in the end has probably made these people laugh at some point during the conversation, lightened the load of a very heavy discussion and ended the conversation with the person on the other end feeling confident about the next journey that lies ahead. We at Suncrest are so very fortunate to have her on our team!

 Kim Braun
Suncrest Hospice

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

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