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“Thank you for coming.  It means so much to me that you came.”

Over the years, I have heard such statements thousands of times.  When coping with the loss of someone loved, people derive tremendous comfort from the presence of those who care about them.

Sometimes there’s a concern over whether it’s appropriate to attend a funeral service. Even if you knew the deceased or know a surviving family member, you might be unsure as to whether the relationship is close enough for you to go to the funeral.  Shaped by over 40 years of experience, my response to this is simple: if you aren’t sure if you should attend the funeral, then go.

I have never had anyone tell me they regretted attending a funeral or felt their presence was unwelcome or unimportant.  Countless times in my career, family members have said to me how much it meant to have people there to share their loss.  Grief shared is grief diminished.

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Nationwide, fewer than 7% of firms meet the requirements to become a Selected Independent Funeral Homes member. We’re honored to be a Selected member since 1917.

This nationwide association requires firms to maintain the highest levels of care and to adhere to a Code of Good Practice.

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Flag Day Veterans Reception & Dinner

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Flag Day Veterans Reception and Dinner

Tuesday June 14, 2016

6:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and Wine

6:30 p.m. Dinner

9998 Grant Street, Thorton
5303 East County Line Road, Centennial
11150 East Dartmouth, Aurora

Did you know that your military service will provide you with special benefits at the time of your death? Come to this informative seminar and hear what they are.

 In honor of Flag Day, bring your U.S. Flag for proper retirement and join us at any of these three locations for hors d’oeuvres and wine at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. as we honor our veterans at this free event.

RSVP 303.216.4274

Reservations will be accepted until 24 hours before the event.

Seating is limited.

55 and older please.

Veterans Memorial Benefits Dinner Seminar

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Special offer for veterans and their families!

Did you know your status as a U.S. Armed Forces veteran qualifies you for special funeral benefits? Join us for a FREE seminar to find out which memorial options will best honor your service, while protecting your loved ones from unnecessary financial and emotional pain.

Please join us for a FREE dinner and information session on any of the dates below

Wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6:00pm

Dinner at 6:30pm

RSVP at (303) 216-4274 or Email Us

Seating is limited. Please call or email to RSVP today for one of the following dates:

May 24th – Arvada Location, 7577 West 80th St, Arvada, CO 80003

May 25th – Colorado Boulevard Location, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246

May 26th – Lakewood Location, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80227


February Caregiver of the Month

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Denise Shannon, RN, BSN, NHA, Administrator, CovenantCare at Home: Home Health & Hospice, is the winner of the February Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. Denise was nominated by Sally Carey.

Denise Shannon exemplifies the best of hospice care through her 20+ years of enduring commitment to excellence of care, ethics, leadership and heartfelt compassion for all. Denise has been a nurse, a clinical director, a manager of: hospice teams providing home care and teams working in skilled nursing facilities, an acute care, in-patient hospice facility; has served as a skilled nursing facility administrator, a corporate compliance officer and is currently an administrator of a non-profit Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty organization.

Denise has the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge to develop new hospice programs entirely from scratch & manuals of Conditions of Participation. She has also been called upon to salvage struggling programs. With deft leadership, she inspires and invigorates the staff while honing the core processes to allow them to meet and exceed all standards achieving new levels of success.

Denise has sustained a strong commitment to professionalism and the development of hospice personnel as evidenced by her many years of leadership of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association of CO, The Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum – CHEF – and as a board member of Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care – COCHPC – now the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies. She has strategically invested a great amount of her time in those organizations toward conference planning and continuing education to help develop and elevate the practice of hospice care for everyone in the region. Her gifts of seeing the strengths of any person, program or situation and fostering the best practices and personal standards inspire leadership within each and every staff member. She has been a mentor to many nurses, doctors, CNAs, social workers, volunteers and volunteer coordinators, personal caregivers, facility staff and others.

Denise sets an example for all in leading by actively considering what is the right thing to do for the patient and family, the staff and any relationship involved, including regulatory ones, and then doing it in as loving a way as possible. Her generous laughter is a clarion call to all who hear her to take heart, do your best, live lightly and care deeply. Her competence is only out-sized by her heart.

Sally Carey
Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator
Hospice of CovenantCare

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!

January Caregiver of the Month

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Mariam Coulibaly, CAN at Lutheran Hospice is the winner of the January Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Mariam was nominated by Nancy Harju.

I believe Mariam Coulibaly should be a candidate for the Hospice Caregiver Award.  She is so gentle, caring and such a special lady.  She makes sure my husband is well taken care of.  She is always on time and she takes her time with caring for my husband.  She explains to him all she does.  She thanks him for letting her take care of him.  She is a wonderful caregiver and she would represent all caregivers in an honorable, dedicated way.  She is a great asset to all hospice caregivers.

Sincerely,

Nancy HarJu

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!

2015 Hospice Caregiver Award Winners

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We gathered all our 2015 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. Congratulations again to all of our monthly award winners and to Theresa Conde, CNA at The Denver Hospice, the Hospice Caregiver of the Year for 2015.

 

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Congratulations to Theresa Conde, our 2015 Hospice Caregiver of the Year Award winner.  Theresa Conde was awarded Caregiver of the month in June, nominated by Desiree Lurie.  “Theresa Conde is a wonderful CNA (and team member) at the Denver Hospice.  She has a very calm and gentle manner which inspires confidence in even the most particular patient,” said Desiree Lurie.  “I know families are always very happy to have Theresa care for their loved ones… old or young.”

Congratulations, Theresa, and thank you for all you do!

Meet Our Caregiver of the Month

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A team of Violetta Stoyanov’s co-workers at The Denver Hospice joined together to nominate her for the Horan and McConaty Caregiver award. Violetta is an RN with tireless and loving devotion to her patients, and is well deserving of this award.

We are… an Executive Director at a facility where Violetta  cares for many patients, President of The Denver Hospice, Director of Hospice Services, her Clinical Manager, a Social Worker at The Denver Hospice, a Chaplain at The Denver Hospice and a Liaison. Each of us describes Violetta from his or her own vantage point. Here are excerpts gleaned from each of the letters of nomination that will allow you to get an insider’s look at our beloved Violetta, winner of the December Caregiver of the Month award.

 

  • Violetta especially shines in her care of patients with dementia and patients in facilities; populations that are often the most difficult to care for …her dependability and consistency make her a perfect match for this underserved patient population.

 

  • We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with a nurse of Violetta’s caliber. She always knows the right thing to do or say, whether it is a kind word, a hug, a touch or a smile.  She has a gift to calm upset and scared families by providing comfort and understanding in a manner only she can.

 

  • I often observe Violetta visit a patient in the morning and then return again in the afternoon to address another need or check on him again. Patients and families feel embraced by Violetta and trust her to care for them at this special time of their lives.

 

  • Violetta is a fierce advocate for her patients, ensuring that they get the best care, supplies and equipment. She checks in on most patients on a daily basis and works long hours to make sure they receive exceptional care and attention.

 

  • Violetta is neat as a pin, efficient, smart, savvy, unique and professional. She will go to the ends of the earth doing the job she loves for the people she loves.

 

  • And from our chaplain:

 

In closing, Violetta is so genuine in her care and support of these precious people who are dying and preparing to leave this earth. She is one of those people who is “anointed” to do the work she does. My prayer has always been, “Where can we find more Violettas?”

 

Thank you for honoring our nominee, Violetta Stoyanov.

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!

 

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