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May and June 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Awards presented together

Sonia Mall, DCS and Stan Manickam, Chaplain, were selected as the winners of the May and June Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  They were nominated by Sonja Onstad, Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care, who had the following to say about why she nominated them together.

I would like to nominate Sonia Mall, DCS and Stan Manickam, Chaplain, for creating a profoundly moving ritual to celebrate our hospice nurses during Nurses Week 2014. I will attach the ritual in a separate email. What made this event so powerful is that it involved the entire team, all disciplines, in the ritual so all were able to “bless” our nurses. The nurses honored each other and received an individual anointing while surrounded by their team. At the conclusion, there was not a dry eye in the room. A few of the comments that were made included “I’ve been a nurse for 40 years and have more coffee cups than I know what to do with. This is the first time I’ve ever felt so honored.” Another nurse then stated” I’ve been a hospice nurse for 2 years and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.” This ritual was not only a blessing to our nurses but to every member of the team present. This was only made possible by the sincere gratitude made manifest by these two amazing hospice practitioners.

Sonja Onstad
Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care

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!

Back by Popular Demand- Preplanning Lunch and Dinner Events

You are invited!  The Horan & McConaty Staff is speaking and answering questions about the important topic of advance funeral and/or cremation pre-planning.

Join us for lunch or dinner at any of the below locations. Come for the food and stay for Horan & McCoanty’s presentation on what you can do in advance. Planning in advance is the best way to ensure you “Leave Well.” It’s easier than you think and we can help you get started. Our staff is specially selected and trained to help you and your loved ones through planning a final farewell.

RSVP’s appreciated as space is limited.  Please call 303.743.8804 to register for the date and time that works best for you.

Tuesday, July 22
Wadsworth Maps/Directions
Noon and 6:00p.m.

Wednesday, July 23
Federal Maps/Directions
Noon and 6:00p.m.

Thursday, July 24
East Dartmouth (HeartLight Center)  Maps/Directions
Noon and 6:00p.m.

We Encourage Families to Have the Talk of a Lifetime

People talk about many things with their loved ones: from day-to-day details to big events. Sharing stories with those who matter most isn’t just important today; it will be especially significant when it’s time to commemorate a life. Horan & McConaty is proud to announce its participation in Have the Talk of a LifetimeSM, a national effort to encourage families to have conversations about life and what matters most. These discussions can help families make important decisions about how they wish to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones.

Through meaningful memorialization – that is, taking time to reflect on the unique life of a loved one and remember the difference they made – families and friends take an important step in the journey toward healing after death.

Individuals and their families have more options than even before for memorializing their loved one at the end of life. From simple to very elaborate, there are a variety of ways a family can honor their loved one in a personal and meaningful way.

“Memorialization is so much more than it used to be,” says John Horan. “It can reflect a person’s life story – their values, interests and experiences – and be transformative, healing and comforting. Meaningful memorialization starts when loved ones talk about what matters most: memories made, lessons learned and how they hope to be remembered.”

Horan & McConaty is pleased to offer individuals and families in the Denver Metro area a free brochure, Have the Talk of a Lifetime, that will help them begin a conversation about life.

“It’s not easy to talk about death,” says Horan. “I think this brochure will be particularly helpful because it focuses on life, rather than the details of a service. It’s life stories – family vacations, pieces of advice, favorite pastimes – that will help you remember those who matter most and begin to heal after they die.”

(View Video or download your free Have the Talk of a Lifetime brochure.)

“We are here to support and encourage people as they ‘have the talk” with their loved ones, states Horan. “Please call us if we can help you or if we can provide additional information about your memorialization options.”

The Have the Talk of a Lifetime campaign is sponsored by the Funeral and Memorial Information Council.

Meet Advance Planning Advisor Juan Moreno

Juan Moreno is an Advance Planning Advisor at Horan & McConaty’s Central Denver location where you can find him assist families daily with their preplanning needs.

What does “Live Well” mean to you?  I volunteer as a teacher and love watching the little ones grow. (I have a 2 year old.)

Why is it so important to preplan? Planning and paying for your funeral in advance offers you peace of mind knowing your final goodbye will be easier for the people you care about most.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? At Horan & McConaty we truly care and we really are a part of the community.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? We care that our families are treated with dignity, respect, and honesty.

Call Juan today to start the conversation.  He can be reached at 303-743-8804 or if you’d prefer you can email him at jmoreno@horancares.com.

April Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

Ron Urban is the winner of the April Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  He was nominated by Danielle Andrews, RN, Supervisor at Porter Hospice Residence and Andrea Helsel, LSW who had the following to say about why they nominated Ron.

From Dani:  Ron Urban has worked for Porter Hospice Residence for many years as housekeeping and maintenance. I could talk forever about all the ways he helps us at PHR, keeping us safe by shoveling and deicing, scraping windows, keeping our environment clean, repairing the inevitable things that go wrong with such a quiet and competent spirit and a kind smile every morning, but this is a caregiver award, so I’d like to describe how he cares for our patients. He cleans the rooms, respecting a patient’s need for quiet or a gentle, supportive, “normal” conversation, for instance, inquiries on their favorite colors. He gets to know the patients and is a welcome sight. Many patients might wake up to find a handcrafted butterfly in their favorite colors on their wall. After the patient leaves us, their family has a beautiful, individual reminder of their family member, and a butterfly that color will show up on our gazebo or in our trees. Ron’s humble gift is a reminder to us all that our patients are beautiful, different individuals that are with us physically for a short time, but their spirit remains in our hearts.

Danielle Andrews, RN
Supervisor
Porter House Residence       

From Andrea: I’ve worked with Ron over his past 3 years at Porter Hospice Residence. What surprises me about his role is he provides not only maintenance and expertise with our 18 room in-patient hospice facility, he also provides expertise in compassion and love. I don’t know of many maintenance men who come to work with the objective to not only repair and maintain a facility, but also outreach and support the patient’s, families, and staff. Ron does this in his own, quiet, unique way. If you weren’t paying attention, you might almost miss the signs that Ron has visited with someone. But inevitably, in conversation talking with families, if Ron has met them, he has left his mark. Ron’s humble and quiet countenance is a symbol and an example of the servant-like quality we wish to demonstrate to patients and families. Recently, Ron has taken on more leadership in his work area and been able to present issues that have come up within the team. Ron’s ability to be humble, love, and have compassion, sets him up to be a leader at our inpatient hospice. When Ron addresses things that are not going as they should, the staff listens. Ron’s dedication as well as his optimism and encouraging spirit, make him an integral part of our hospice team. Certainly, running a facility is vital, AND Ron Urban’s maintenance role goes far beyond that. With efficiency and grace he accomplishes emotional support and facility maintenance. He is a gift from God to our PHR team. Thank you Ron.                      

Andrea Helsel,LSW  
Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a Complimentary Lunch or Dinner and Learn about Preplanning

You are invited!  The Horan & McConaty Staff is speaking and answering questions about the important topic of advance funeral and/or cremation pre-planning.

Join us for lunch or dinner at any of the below locations. Come for the food and stay for Horan & McCoanty’s presentation on what you can do in advance. Planning in advance is the best way to ensure you “Leave Well.” It’s easier than you think and we can help you get started. Our staff is specially selected and trained to help you and your loved ones through planning a final farewell.

RSVP’s appreciated as space is limited.  Please call 303.743.8804 to register for the date and time that works best for you.

Monday, June 16
Thorton Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17
Arvada  Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18
South Denver Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 19
Centennial Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Start the Conversation with Kathleen Renner

Kathleen Renner is an Advanced Planning Advisor at Horan & McConaty’s SW Denver/Lakewood facility. She has been in the funeral profession for over 20 years and is able to use that extensive experience to assist families daily with their preplanning needs.

What does “Live Well” mean to you?  Spending time with family, going to estate sales and hiking.

What should people know about you?  I treat everyone I have the honor to assist like I would treat my own family.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty?They care about the families they serve.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? Horan and McConaty will go that extra step to help the family have the best experience possible.

Call Kathleen today to start the conversation.  She can be reached at 303-743-8804 or if you’d prefer you can email her at krenner@horancares.com.

Meet Advance Planning Advisor Larry Hagan

Larry Hagan is an Advanced Planning Advisor at Horan & McConaty’s Arvada facility. He has been in the funeral profession for 17 years and is fully experienced in all phases of this work.

What does “Live Well” mean to you?  Spending time with family and pets, worship, hard work and outdoor activities like hiking. 

What should people know about you?  I am knowledgeable, trustworthy, and caring.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty?We are family owned and fortunate to have a very compassionate and professional staff.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? Because we are the most preferred family owned funeral home in the area.

Call Larry today to start the conversation.  He can be reached at 303-743-8804 or if you’d prefer you can email her at lhagan@horancares.com.

March Hospice Caregiver Award Winner

Judy Fletcher is the winner of the March Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Sally Carey who had the following to say about why she nominated Judy.

Judy Fletcher is an exemplary hospice volunteer having served with us for the past two and a half years. She is sensitive in her care for others, always respecting their values and offering her time and resources to help meet their emergent needs be it running errands, preparing meals, doing laundry, going on doctor appointments with them, reading scriptures and praying – whatever is needed for support at that time. She offers to help with larger projects too: welcome baskets, pet food acquisition, hosting volunteer training and so on as she lives her value of service to others, be they family, friends, neighbors, church members, shelter animals or hospice families.

Judy has been a strong participant in continuous learning, adding new information and skills (Reiki energy work, vigil and bereavement support) to better support the people in her life. Judy is generous not only with her time, but with her genuine spirit of selfless service in a way that never diminishes others but brings a strong sense of caring and compassion. Judy Fletcher embodies the best qualities of hospice care and our families have been enriched by her caring attention through her years of loving service. We should all be so lucky to have a ‘Judy Fletcher’ in our lives!

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!

 

Cremation Standards at Horan & McConaty

Safe and secure for your peace of mind.

Discover peace of mind with our superior cremation services. When you choose Horan & McConaty for cremation, you’ll take comfort knowing that your loved one will always be in our staff’s compassionate, capable hands. Because we offer cremations at our very own crematory, your loved one never leaves the shelter of our expert care. Our certified, trained professionals handle every step of the cremation process with dignity and respect.

Personal inspections

Additionally, we are the region’s first crematory to encourage each family’s personal inspection of our facilities. We also offer a special viewing room located next to our crematory for those who wish to be present for the start of the cremation.

To learn more or schedule a tour of secure crematory, call 303-745-4418.

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