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Voted #1 in Coloradobiz Magazine!

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It is our honor to be voted #1 by over 20,000 voters in coloradobiz Magazine’s, 2018 Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards. Horan & McConaty was voted best Funeral/Cremation Service business among 87 other business category winners. We attribute this honor to our tremendous team of direct caregivers and support staff, a reflection of their passion for helping people cope with some of life’s most difficult times.

Congratulations to the others named “Best in Colorado.” We are proud and honored to be in your company.

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Keeping Memory in Memorial Day

Ah, Memorial Day! The first long weekend of summer, when millions of Americans celebrate with backyard parties, beach trips, parades and general revelry. But is that what Memorial Day is really about? In truth, this is a holiday meant for remembrance. It’s a somber occasion, thinking about those who have lost their lives for our country, and the families they left behind. For many families who have lost a loved one who was serving in the military, the celebrations on Memorial Day can be a painful reminder of loss.

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How do we honor the true meaning of Memorial Day? By acknowledging that real people, with hopes, dreams, and lives, fought and died for our freedoms. The picnics and parades are a wonderful way to celebrate those hard-won freedoms, but there must be a moment when the celebratory mood turns solemn, and we remember what’s been lost. The “National Moment of Remembrance” Resolution, passed in 2000, is meant to promote exactly that: At 3 p.m. local time, all Americans are called to voluntarily observe a moment of remembrance, either taking a moment of silence or listening to “Taps”. But beyond this token moment of respect, what can you do this Memorial Day to truly honor the intent of this day?

• Ask a veteran about friends who were lost. Do you know someone who has survived combat? Talk to that person about their experience and the people who didn’t make it out alive. Ask open ended questions, taking time to truly listen to the story and understand the experience.
• Add a tradition of remembrance into your family’s holiday. Maybe it’s a moment of silence, or singing the national anthem, or talking about soldiers and their sacrifices. Find something that will be meaningful for your family, and incorporate it into your Memorial Day traditions.
• Visit a military cemetery. A military cemetery is a good place for reflection, and the monuments can be a powerful reminder of the overwhelming sacrifices that have been made. If you have a loved one buried there, decorate his or her grave. If not, you might want to bring flags or flowers to decorate the graves of those whose families haven’t done so.
• Wear a poppy. Since just after World War I, poppies have been worn to symbolically honor those who died in service of our country. Sometimes, you can find crepe paper poppies sold by veterans’ charities, in order to raise money. If you can’t, creating these paper poppies at home with your children might be a great way to teach them what Memorial Day is all about.

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• Support military families. Military families endure great hardship in support of our nation, so the least we can do is give back some of that support. If you know a family whose loved one is deployed, invite them to join your Memorial Day gathering. If you know someone who has lost a loved one in combat, provide a listening ear. If you live in a community with military families, show your support in a tangible way, by offering to babysit or inviting them to dinner. If you don’t have the opportunity to personally help military families, do so by donating to charities that offer support.

We deeply respect and appreciate the sacrifices made by our nation’s military members and their families. That’s why we work especially hard to honor veterans, working with their families to ensure that they receive the full honors to which they are entitled. For more information on our services, and how to plan a life-honoring tribute that memorializes the service of an American hero, contact us or stop by for more information. In the meantime, we wish you a meaningful Memorial Day.

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Caregiver of the Month – Kathy Nelson


Kathy Nelson is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Sally Carey.

I’m honored to nominate Kathy Nelson for the Hospice Caregiver Award. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kathy for the past 4+ years. In that time, Kathy has revealed an impressive depth of knowledge of caring for elders, especially those under hospice care. She has supported not only individual patients and family members with their unique needs and concerns, but also is attuned to the needs of staff members, whether they be team members, volunteers or staff in care facilities.

Kathy’s extensive hospice experience began at St. John’s Hospice in 1999 where she began many close collegial relationships that continue to this day. In 2009, she moved into a team management position at The Denver Hospice, where her people skills where honed to include supervision, active management & support along with meeting organizational needs & goals. As TDH looked to restructuring their management model, Kathy found an opportunity to serve closer to home both physically & spiritually. In 2013 she joined Hospice of CovenantCare, another non-profit and a faith-based hospice where she continues to serve.

As I have worked with her, and in the past 15 months shared an office with her, I have come to witness the quality of relationships she has forged which speaks to her ability to connect with and care for so many. She keep in touch. She reaches out. She advocates for patients, staff members and facility staff. Her natural and seemingly boundless empathy inspires those around her to look beyond the obvious to understand the feelings and motivations of those who may be harder to know or accept. Her capacity to be mindful of the struggles of others humbles and encourages me to suspend judgment and offer grace.

Kathy has shown herself to be a natural and understated leader, gracefully adapting to the changing needs of the staff and organization she works within. She attends to the details of facilitating teamwork, including tech support, and fosters developing leadership. She takes on special projects and conducts home health social work visits as the organization needs. Kathy is the Swiss-army-knife for our team, gracious and self-effacing, always working for the good of all.

Sally Carey


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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

3 Tips for Helping Children and Youth Understand Funeral Services and Death

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As a parent, you have a natural instinct to protect your child from harm. Some wish to spare their children the pain and sorrow of a funeral. However, excluding your child from a ceremony or ritual could do more harm than good, denying them the opportunity to grieve and be with others who are mourning. In this article we will explain how best help your child to understand the service and rituals following the loss of a loved one.

1. Answer questions before the ceremony. This will give your child the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about their loved one and what happens next. When answering your child’s questions, be sure to keep it simple and avoid using euphemisms. Explain your loved one can no longer think, breathe, feel pain, cold, or hot and that their body has simply stopped working. Using terms such as, “passed away” or “deep sleep” could further confuse your child.

2. Inform your child what to expect. Whether your loved one will be cremated, have an open casket ceremony or a closed one, it is important to let your child know what they will see and experience during these services. Go over the ceremony or ritual schedule in detail including what they will see, who will be doing what and why.

Explain to your child that cremation happens when your loved one is placed into a special box and transported to a crematory. A crematory is place that gets so hot (hotter than the hottest desert), it turns a person’s body into something like gray sand. From there, the sand is placed into a very special container called an urn. Avoid using words like flames, burning and fire.

If your loved with is having an open casket ceremony, contact your Horan & McConaty Funeral Director to schedule a private viewing before the service. This will give ample time for your child to ask questions and know what to expect when viewing the deceased. If your child wishes to touch your loved one, demonstrate how by gently brushing along the hand or hair.

For closed casket ceremonies, questions of being afraid of the dark may be asked, simply remind your child they can no longer become scared, cold, or feel pain. Our funeral directors are present for further explanation if needed on why the casket remains closed.

3. Create a sense of choice and control. It’s okay if children choose not to attend a service but encourage them to do so. Schedule a tour with a Horan & McConaty Funeral Director of the facility where the service will take place. A sense of familiarity with the area can go long way if your child becomes anxious or nervous. Have a designated relative or care taker who can take your child for a walk or away from the ceremony if they feel overwhelmed. Present the option of going to a friend’s house, or even the opportunity to invite their peers. This shared experience will help friends adjust to your child’s new norm, making it less awkward and easier to talk about in the future.

 Experience the difference with Horan & McConaty – Let our family help yours. Contact us today for more information and assistance.

For a more in depth look into the importance of memorialization and the role it plays in the lives of our youth, we invite you to view the eBook and video below.


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Caregiver of the Month – Heather Neubauer

HMC-0759-FB-Caregiver-neubauer-SmHeather Neubauer is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. She was nominated by Meg Paraspolo.

I would like to nominate one of our CNAs for the Caregiver of the Month Award. Heather Neubauer provides amazing and compassionate care for all of her patients, but I am nominating her for this award after hearing about how she went above and beyond with a recent patient.

Months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting one of our patients upon admission, a woman in her late 50’s who was battling breast cancer and coming to the end of her journey. When August 21, 2017 arrived, Heather was there with our patient getting her tired body ready for a special trip. Heather went above and beyond that day, helping a bedbound woman with a love of astronomy to get into a wheelchair and safely up to the roof to experience and enjoy the total solar eclipse that occurred that day. I heard this story told by the nurse on this case, and it immediately brought tears to my eyes. Heather gave such an incredibly special gift to this woman, and I am so thankful to know that Heather is a part of the hospice team.

Meg Paraspolo


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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Chaplain Winn Allison



Chaplain Winn Allison is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. He was nominated by the Lutheran Hospice Team.

Dean, a hospice patient who had served in the military during the Korean War had only one dying wish; to be buried in his Marine dress uniform.  Through the years of multiple moves, the uniform had been lost.  The cost of a new one was prohibitive for a family already struggling with the expenses of serious illness.  Chaplain Winn Allison reached out to retire vets who were able to purchase a brand new US Marine Corp dress uniform, complete with hat, belt, gloves, brass buttons and medals.  During this process Dean’s military record was researched and it was discovered that he had earned two additional medals.  These were quickly procured.  Dean’s last wish was carried out, and it was better than he had imagined.  His family will forever cherish the love and commitment strangers had for one person.

Winn attends monthly gatherings for the development of best practice chaplaincy, quarterly sessions for professional development and annual conferences which focus on mental health, personal spiritual and self-care, leadership and best practice chaplaincy. He reads widely in the area of pastoral and spiritual care, chaplaincy, mental health, addiction, suicide, PTSD and family dynamics. He also takes advantage of monthly webinars made available for LMC chaplains.

Winn focuses on the care team as passionately as he does his patients and their families. His “door always open, never too busy for you” attitude invites the team members in for listening, support and validation. This allows them to replenish their own souls so that they can again and again, provide the expert and genuinely compassionate care they came here to do.

 Our hospice would not be the same without Winn.

 Submitted by the entire Lutheran Hospice Team


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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Kristi Knight


Kristi Knight is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Sharon Wharton.

It is my pleasure to nominate Kristi Knight for the Hospice Caregiver Award. I have worked with Kristi for over a year, and she continues to inspire me with her kindness, generosity, and strength in leadership. But of all the wonderful things I could say about her, what really stands out is the way she makes you feel when you’re the lucky recipient of her attention and care. Even when things are hectic at work, when you come to her with a need, she gives you her full presence and you feel important, valued, and cherished.

She continually responds to the changes within our organization with grace and humor, but most of all with a team-based perspective. Each member of our team knows that Kristi will listen and respond to their needs, and act on their behalf if needed. Knowing she’s there for us means we have the confidence to act on our values in our work. When we are empowered to be our best selves, our patients and families are better cared for. Kristi’s dedication to her work is truly inspiring, and I know I speak for many others when I say that she exemplifies the heart of Hospice care.

Thank you,

Sharon Wharton

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

What it’s like to be a part of Horan & McConaty

Every year our company gathers in December to review the year and acknowledge kindness and excellence.  This year we went through the company and asked what it’s like to be part of the company, and we decided to share with you the video we presented at our gathering.  I know I speak for my fellow owners Jennifer McBride, Alvin Braswell, Mark Pipkin, and Daren Forbes and our company officers Dan Frakes, Michael Wellensiek, and Tom Folkert when I express our pride and gratitude for each and every person in the company.   We are honored by the work they do and grateful for the trust placed in us.

– John Horan


Making It Through the Holidays

What do the holidays mean to you? For many people, it’s a joyous time of year, a time to celebrate family and friends, and a time to be grateful for life’s blessings, remembering important days gone by and rejoicing in the present moment. For others, though, the holidays are a painful season, when the vacant spaces left by lost loved ones make them wish the holidays would pass quickly. How do you celebrate the holidays, when you don’t feel like celebrating anything?

  • Don’t cancel. It may be tempting to hide away from the holidays, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice. Instead, decide how you want to celebrate it, and let your loved ones know about changes you plan to make. You may want to get away entirely, maybe taking a vacation, or you may be comforted by familiar traditions. Everyone grieves differently, and how you choose to spend your holiday is yours to determine.


  • Keep the world out if that’s what you need. Even for people in good spirits, the commercialism and constant cheer of the holidays can be a bit wearing. If you’re grieving, it’s likely to be nearly unbearable. Take some quiet time, to do something you enjoy, without any interference from the outside world. Maybe that’s doing some holiday baking, maybe it’s reading a book and listening to your favorite music, or maybe it’s something completely unrelated to the holidays, like going for a pedicure or facial, taking a walk, or seeing a movie. The important thing is to find a way to relax and enjoy yourself.


  • Don’t expect perfection. You may have hosted a Pinterest worthy holiday meal every year in your home, and your decorations may have been the best of anyone you know, but this year, it might be time to let some things go. Make a big meal, or delegate it to someone else, or don’t have it at all! Shop for the perfect gifts, or give everyone gift cards you ordered online. It may help you to do the things you’ve always done, or it may benefit you to go for whatever is easiest. There’s no wrong answer, but don’t put pressure on yourself to live up to the “perfect” holiday.


  • Let people in. Talk to your friends and family members about how you’re feeling. Spend time with your favorite people, and accept offers of help and support. While it’s certainly fine to turn down invitations you think will be stressful or painful, it’s also important to feel connected with other people. Sharing your feelings and memories with those you love can help you begin to heal.

We hope that your holidays are meaningful. That’s why we offer assistance to those who have lost a loved one, through information about grief counseling, support groups, recommended reading, and services of remembrance. If there’s any way we can help you this holiday season, as you work your way through a difficult time, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Please contact Jennifer McBride at 303-577-6057 or jmcbride@horancares.com for information about grief support options in our community.

5 Tips for Dealing with Grief During the Holiday Season

It seems like every year the holiday season gets longer. Stores start putting out Christmas decorations before we’ve even moved past Halloween, and it seems like the holidays go on for months and months. For those who are grieving, it can feel like an eternity. How will you make it through the holidays this year? Decide on a course of action, and follow some simple guidelines.

1. Make your own plans. You get to decide whether to keep holiday traditions or create new ones, and you can do as much or as little as you want to do. Be assertive about events held in your own home, letting your loved ones know ahead of time what changes you are making to the holiday celebrations. If you’re going somewhere else to celebrate, make sure to take your own car so that you aren’t stuck waiting for someone else to be ready to leave. You need to be able to leave if you become uncomfortable or just want to be home.

baking2. Allow yourself to feel. It’s ok to be sad when everyone else is celebrating. Don’t resist joy if it presents itself, but don’t feel guilty for experiencing negative emotions. Your grief experience is your own, and whatever you feel, be it sadness, guilt, anger, or joy, is part of that unique experience.

3. Accept support. This may mean surrounding yourself with friends and family, or it may mean talking about your feelings with one trusted person. It can also mean reaching out for professional help, whether that means attending a support group or a service of remembrance, or seeking counseling.

sadwoman4. Make room for memories. The holidays can be a nostalgic time, even for those who haven’t suffered a loss. If you allow them to, your memories may be a helpful part of your healing process. Share your memories of your loved one with others by telling stories and looking at photo albums. You can also make a memory box with photos of the person you’ve lost, and notes from family and friends. Consider memorializing your loved one in your holiday celebration, perhaps by setting an extra place at the table or lighting a special candle.

memories5. Reach out to others. Sometimes it can be very healing to help someone else. Find ways to connect with those around you by giving of your time, talents and resources. You might invite a guest to dinner who might otherwise be alone, or you might “adopt” a needy family for the holiday. You could also give a donation in memory of your loved one, or provide flowers or other decorations to your place of worship. Being generous with others helps you as you’re helping them, and can ease the pain of your grief.

If you need help dealing with grief this holiday season, we are here to help. We can provide resources, from recommended reading, to support groups, to counseling, to help you find your way through the grief and onto the path toward healing. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer. And above all, we hope you have a meaningful holiday season.


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