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ThankYouImageThis wonderful note reinforces the importance of having team members who are warm, kind, and professional.  Kudos to our funeral director, Abby Sweeney!

-John Horan

Good afternoon Mr. Wellensiek.

I hadn’t been involved in a family Memorial service, up close anyway, before May of this year. My father passed on Mother’s day this year.

I went with my mother and brother to the Horan & McConaty facility on South Wadsworth. We had an appointment, or so I thought, but it appeared upon our arrival that no one was expecting us.

That’s when we met Abby Sweeney. I’ll admit, I had some preconceived, unfounded, ideas about the kind of people we would meet at the Horan & McConaty facility. Abby dispelled my negativity very quickly. She put us at ease and genuinely seemed to care for and about us. At the end of our initial meeting I felt as if we had really added a caring person to our grieving family.

Abby called the cemetery for us, and set an appointment for us to meet with them. There was quite a contrast to the warm professionalism we were received with by your team.

As we worked through arrangements during the week we felt supported and helped by Abby and others at Horan & McConaty. We made several calls and emails to Abby and always got timely and helpful responses. I went to the Lakewood office, met two more ladies of your excellent staff, handed off picture files and chose music for the very nicely edited picture presentation done by your willing and helpful team.

From preparation and through the week Abby was there for us. At the graveside service Abby and the team were helpful, supportive and always appropriately positive. At the church, for the memorial, Abby was a great resource when we had questions about how and what to do.

I’m not sure what else I can say. Abby and the others we met from the Lakewood team did an excellent job for our family. I just wanted to let you all know.

Many thanks to your team for helping us make what could have been a very trying time, into a time we could focus on family and friends instead of logistics and facilities.         

Kevin R.

May Hospice Caregiver Award

MayCaregiver2015Carol Robertson is the winner of the May Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Carol was nominated by Dina Schall.

I had to write and tell you how exceptionally kind and caring my mom’s CNA, Carol Robertson, is.  My mother was diagnosed almost 10 years ago with Alzheimer’s.  Her doctor put her on hospice care in January 2015.  Mom had a hard time connecting with any caregivers for years. I figured it was due to her disease.  Upon suggestion from mom’s social worker, we decided to try Carol.  Within five minutes of Carol walking in the door, we heard Mom laugh and saw her smile!!  I was amazed!  She showered her, dressed her, fed her and held her hand the entire time.  I knew then she was sent from heaven!  The second time Carol was here, I even heard my mom singing in the shower.  After all these years with the disease, Mom doesn’t remember anything.  She hasn’t known who I am for many years.  There is something special with Carol.  Mom couldn’t tell you her name but she seems happy and content when Carol is near.  Carol never fails to give Mom a hug, even when Mom is having a very bad day.  She… Carol… is the most devoted and caring person I think I have ever met.  I don’t know how much time I have left with my mother but I will be eternally grateful for the time we both have had with Carol Robertson.

Sincerely,
Dina Schall
Daughter

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!

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
Map & Directions
Noon and 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, July 22
9998 Grant Street, Thornton
Map & Directions
Noon and 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 23
5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial
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Noon and 6:00 p.m.

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!

Meet Our April Caregiver of the Month

AprilCaregiver2015aRosemary Sleevi is the winner of the April Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Rosemary was nominated by Jackie Foglio, LSW, Halcyon Hospice.

In a nutshell, being around Rosemary Sleevi brings a smile to everybody’s face. She is kind, caring, helpful, funny, and has a wonderful demeanor/calming presence about her. Not only has she been a huge asset to our south office and our bereavement program, willing to help out wherever she can, she does an amazing job out in the field with patients, doing energy work, massage and aromatherapy. She has brought peace and relief to patients, caregivers and staff alike. She is a complete badass, and I feel honored to have her on our team!

Jackie Foglio, LSW
Halcyon 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!

Congratulations to Our March Caregiver of the Month

MarchCaregiver2015Jennifer Moss, LCSW at Suncrest Hospice, is the winner of the March Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Jennifer was nominated by Judy Jones, LCSW Director of Social Services at Suncrest Hospice.

Jennifer Moss represents hospice social work to the fullest. Her many years of experience are evident in her knowledge of resources, ability to problem solve and provide compassionate presence with our patients and families. She moves easily between the “head and the heart” – both so important in making end of life decisions. Jennifer’s passion is teaching about end of life issues, whether that is students in the classroom, new employees or families – she brings a wealth of knowledge and commitment all that she does. It has been one of my greatest honors to work with someone with Jennifer’s level of professionalism and all around niceness. I nominate her for Caregiver of the Month wholeheartedly.

Judy Jones, LCSW
Director of Social Services
Suncrest 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!

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.

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