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Learn about Queen Victoria’s Funeral

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Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire for nearly sixty four years, the second longest reign in British history. She reigned over 450 million people, a quarter of the world’s population at the time, during a period of great industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change, and she was instrumental in reshaping the role of the British monarchy. She escaped death many times, surviving at least six assassination attempts, before passing away in 1901, at eighty one years of age. As you’d expect from someone who’d been accustomed to being in charge for so long, she had her funeral planned out in great detail. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about that funeral:

  • Queen Victoria died at Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, and her body was transported to the mainland aboard the royal yacht Alberta.
  • She requested a military funeral, appropriate for a soldier’s daughter, and was the first monarch to have her coffin transported via gun carriage.
  • Inspired by Lord Tennyson to have a “white funeral”, she requested eight white horses to pull her funeral carriage, and a white pall over the coffin. This was extremely innovative, as funerals had previously been traditionally outfitted in black.
  • As her funeral procession traveled through London, crowds thronged the street, silently paying their respects to their beloved queen.
  • At Windsor, the horses broke harness, and as a result, sailors from the Royal Navy pulled her coffin the rest of the way to the chapel. This was, of course, unintended, but became a very moving part of the procession.
  • The queen was interred beside her beloved husband, Prince Albert, and at her request, she was buried with his dressing gown and a plaster cast of his hand. She also asked for a lock of hair from her servant and companion John Brown, and for his photograph to be placed in her hand.

Not every passing is an international event, but at Horan and McConaty, we believe every life deserves to be honored. We came to Denver back in 1890, and set out to start a funeral home that would meet the needs and expectations of families coping with end of life decisions. While Queen Victoria was being honored with an elaborate and historical funeral procession, we were giving the families of Denver the support and care they needed to honor their loved ones in a manner befitting the lives they’d lived.

Today, we continue that tradition of honor and care, and we believe that the best way to make sure your funeral meets your expectations is to plan ahead of time. You may not want eight white horses, but that doesn’t make pre-planning any less important, as a way to ensure that your final services honor your life without burdening your loved ones with difficult decisions. Visit HoranCares.com today, to learn more about what we have to offer, and to request your free pre-planning kit.

 

 

Caregiver of the Month – Mary Duah

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Mary Duah from The Denver Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Mary was nominated by Kristin Lyons from The Denver Hospice.

Mary Duah has worked with The Denver Hospice for 20+ years as a dedicated CNA. Mary’s bigger than life personality shines though as she consistently goes above and beyond to advocate for her patients. She leads by example with her excellent role model behaviors which were honored by her acceptance in the preceptor role. She brings humor and laughter in the most difficult of moments to buildup team morale and lift the sprits of our families. Her heart is hospice, through and through. She is a role model for all of us.

Kristin Lyons, RN, BSN

Clinical Manager- Southeast Team

The Denver 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Gretchen Norman

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Gretchen Norman from Porter Hospice/St. Anthony Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Gretchen was nominated by Joan Hummel from Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice.

Gretchen Norman is the consummate hospice grief counselor and resource in the Denver community for people from all walks of life accessing bereavement support. I’ve known her for over seven years (or is eight?), have done grief groups with her and been side-by-side with Gretchen as she’s provided loving, compassionate and in-depth support to so many families of both St. Anthony and Porter Hospice.

It dawned on me today that in addition to Gretchen’s amazing clinical caregiving, she makes incredible linkages for so many people in so many settings. In the last week alone, Gretchen was on deck doing the following activities in addition to her grief work with hospice families: she advocated as a volunteer before a hospital foundation on behalf of a community organization that supports equine assisted therapy, participated in volunteer support for the Alzheimer’s Association which has benefited from her art therapy expertise over the years, served as an inspiration for self-care opportunities for a multi-disciplinary group of bereavement professionals in the community whom she helps organize education and networking support for, and outreached two different hospitals in the community at which she’ll be providing no-cost education about hospice for newly minted nurses starting their healthcare careers. None of these things are in Gretchen’s hospice job description, most of them are done on her own volunteer time, and all of them are a tremendous resource to the community at large for receiving quality professional support, complimentary therapies and hospice education.

Hospice asks its workers to sometimes wear multiple hats. I’ve known Gretchen to style the hats she wears in such a fashion that her work goes beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary. The majority of the clinical work she does, as it’s confidential and private in nature, goes unrecognized most of the time as her work requires her to touch upon the intimate suffering that grief brings about. Many people are not in a position to share their innermost therapeutic experiences with the outside world after they’ve experienced grief counseling. However, I get the benefit of having Gretchen’s clients in my grief groups from time to time. The way they speak of Gretchen’s insights, ability to help them with their problem solving and amazing connection to what really matters as they move forward in their healing is absolutely something I recognize firsthand. This is because, as my colleague, Gretchen has performed these very same roles for me on a personal support level, especially after my experience of several personal losses and life transitions over the last two years. I truly do not feel I would be the functioning professional in my work at the level I am able to be at if it weren’t for Gretchen’s continual support, loving grace and optimism about all that we can accomplish if we just take care of ourselves as we do this work. Gretchen Norman is an inspiration to me every single day, to our hospice families in every way, and to our larger caregiving community ongoing!

Joan Hummel, LCSW

Grief Counselor

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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Stevetta Rose

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Stevetta Rose from Suncrest Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Stevetta was nominated by Rosann Bryant and Jerry Mihlbachler.

This nomination comes from the family of Barbara Mihlbachler

Stevetta Rose had such a beautiful smile and a warm approach for our mom every day.  Often helping two people at a time during meals, she was so patient and willing to work with whatever mood, ability or needs presented from day to day.

She was just so sweet and tuned in and found a way every day to touch Mom’s heart and her inner soul while taking care of her physical self.

Nominated by Rosann Bryant and Jerry Mihlbachler

 

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 – Stephanie Bergslien

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Stephanie Bergslien is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Stephanie was nominated by Rosemary Sleevi from Halcyon Hospice.

I want to nominate Stephanie Bergslien for the Hospice Caregiver Award. Stephanie is one of our Care Coordinators on the Maroon Bells Team serving the northern region of our service area.

I started working with Stephanie from a distance when I became the BVT coordinator. One of the functions of the Care Coordinators is to follow up in the facilities they are assigned to when one of Halcyon’s patients dies in that facility. A plant or flower arrangement is delivered along with some goodies for the staff who cared for the patient and the other residents who live in that community. Grief Support is offered to staff, family members and friends at this time. It is part of the Bereavement Plan of Care. The Care Coordinators send me an email to notify me when that visit is completed so I can document the visit and follow up with grief support if requested.

Most of the emails I receive state ‘condolence visit completed; no concerns’. Or something like ‘condolence visit completed; please contact John Doe and set up support for patient’s roommate’. Or ‘Administrator requests support for residents and staff’. I have enclosed a sample of Stephanie’s emails below. Stephanie not only knows the staff at her facilities, she is intimately involved with our patients, their families, the staff caring for them and the other residents who live in these facilities. She is truly an ambassador for Halcyon going above and beyond her job description.

Peace and Blessings,

Rosemary Sleevi, 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Coping with Holidays and Other Special Days

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Coping with Holidays and Other Special Days
By Jennifer McBride, M.A.
Horan & McConaty Funeral Service

While holiday times bring a certain kind of sorrow to those who are grieving, it can be the significant times in a person’s life, times not on everyone’s calendars, that can be especially difficult.

These might include:
• Anniversary of the death
• Wedding anniversaries
• Birthdays
• Birthdays of other family members
• Major family occasions such as weddings, baptisms, graduations
or other milestones

There are many ways to observe and commemorate these important occasions, such as visiting the final resting place of a family member or finding a visual, verbal or symbolic way to remind others of a special person’s continued presence in the life and history of their family. Recently, one family shared favorite holiday memories of their loved one. There was laughter. There were tears. And there was relief brought about by releasing feelings honestly and directly.

As we are grieving it may be helpful to acknowledge that holiday times can be difficult and even marginalize those who aren’t feeling like “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Knowing that there is no right way or wrong way to grieve, only your way, gives you permission to do what is best for yourself and those close to you at holidays and anniversaries.

Here are some suggestions…
• Care for yourself – mind, body & spirit.
Do things that are helpful, nourishing and comforting for you, such as listening to music, having quiet time, enjoying a cup of tea or a bath that can be soothing.

• Reserve the right to change your mind.
Well-meaning people may extend invitations, and even press us to attend. Just because someone invites, doesn’t mean our attendance is required. Care for yourself in terms of how much socializing you can tolerate. People who truly care will understand if you tell them how you are feeling.

• Keep some traditions… or create new ones.
Some people wish to do things in the ways they’ve always done them. This can be the best thing for some, but others might find it helpful to create new traditions or do something completely different. Exercise your right to grieve in your own way.

• Acknowledge that life has changed.
Sometimes people don’t want to mention the name of the person who died, thinking that this is easier for us and what we would prefer.. Let people know through your words and actions that it’s OK to speak of the person who died. Set a place at the table and perhaps place a candle or photograph there that shows that that person’s presence is still felt.

 

 

Caregiver of the Month – Karrie Filios

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Karrie Filios is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Karrie was nominated by Alice Duran from Agape Hospice.

Karrie Filios knows her job well, gets her job done, works well with the hundreds of families and friends who need her. She has the right words to say and always follows through with anything and everything she says and does. She is an amazing woman!

Karrie has so many qualities that would not fit on this nomination form. Writing this about her just makes me speechless due to not being able to find that one word that describes her. She is loved by everyone.

Alice Duran
Agape 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Corinne Strat

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Corinne Strat is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Corinne was nominated by Jeff Jenkins from Agape Hospice.

Corinne Strat exhibits a compassionate heart and is dedicated to the care of all her patients. She is a leader among Agape’s chaplains and a veteran in her field.

Corinne recently did an amazing job caring for the family of a patient who completed suicide, which affected her, of course, on a deeply personal level.

Jeff Jenkins
Agape 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.

Caregiver Award

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Caregiver of the Month – Cathy Broida

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Cathy Broida is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Cathy was nominated by Jackie Hibbard from Halcyon Hospice.

Cathy Broida is an RN with Halcyon. She recently assisted one of our patients to apply to participate in the Honor Flight from Colorado to Washington DC. He was accepted and she accompanied him on the journey on September 13-14. This patient and his son, who also went along, had an amazing experience visiting the sites in Washington. The patient felt honored and never thought he’d experience anything like this in his life. Cathy went over and above her normal nursing duties to honor this man’s service to our country. She has a passion for working with veteran’s and does all she can to thank each one for their service and commitment to the United States. As Cathy shared her weekend experience with the team she was in tears describing the experience that she, the patient and the son had. She is a shining example of what it means to be a servant leader who goes beyond the job description to meet the patient’s needs. Cathy is also putting together an education session for the rest of our staff about the Honor Flight and how to help other veteran’s apply for this amazing experience.

Jackie Hibbard, MDiv

Team Lead

Maroon Bells Team

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!

Caregiver of the Month – Felicia Kile

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Felicia Kile is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  Felicia was nominated by Desiree Lurie from The Denver Hospice.

Felicia Kile is volunteer “extraordinaire.” She picks up food from the food bank and stocks the pantry! She is also a very dedicated visitor to a sweet woman with dementia; visits twice a week, faithfully, reports to the team, and treats this lady like her own family member. She is very kind and considerate.

This lady speaks very little, but Felicia is able to get her to talk and enjoy music and other activities. Felicia has vastly improved her quality of life.

We love you Felicia!!

Sincerely,

Desiree Lurie, LCSW
Social Worker
Southeast Neighborhood
The Denver 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!

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