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Answer Our Trivia Question and Help Support the Charity You Believe In Most

Horan & McConaty Funeral Homes is supporting non-profit organizations within Denver and the surrounding communities through a new program “Horan Cares for the Community”, driven by your interaction with us on Twitter and FaceBook.

Every month, a trivia question will be posted on the Horan & McConaty FaceBook page and Twitter Feed. For every individual providing the correct answer to the question, $1 will be added to the donation account.

At the end of the month, we’ll ask you to post a suggestion for a non-profit organization in need of donations. The non-profit organization must be non-denominational and Colorado-based. We encourage you to either suggest an organization or “like” a suggestion made by another fan. The suggestion with the most “likes” on the deadline will receive the donation for that month.

Each month there will be a new trivia question and a chance for a non-profit organization to win the money in the fund. If you’d like to participate in the “Horan Cares for the Community” program, make sure to become a fan on FaceBook. And remember to invite your friends and/or fellow non-profit organization members to ensure you get the votes needed to win the donation for your preferred organization.

In Attendance… Virtually

Imagine attending birthdays, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, baptisms and funerals “virtually.” It is said that grief shared is grief diminished and joy shared is joy multiplied. Do you believe that?

Under what circumstances is it appropriate to attend an event via webcast? How would you feel about your guests attending your birthday virtually instead of attending in person?

One might say that if a special person couldn’t make it, due to distances, or other circumstances, they’d rather they be present virtually than not at all, which is a very valid point. But who decides which reasons are “acceptable” or not, and at what point does it feel lonely, with more people attending virtually than in person.

As technology advances, human interaction and communication seems to be decreasing. Texting has eliminated many “two-minute” phone conversations, and more and more people are emailing messages as well.

With all the great advantages technology brings, it has created a disconnection in interpersonal daily activities. But, we must acknowledge that the significant events in life have a need for some level of personal touch, interaction and camaraderie.

Life’s most significant events, hellos and goodbyes, celebrations and consolations, can be addressed in a variety of ways. How do you feel about webcasting in this context? When is the convenience of webcasting the enemy of genuine and meaningful human interaction and when is it necessary and/or appropriate?

What Happens To A FaceBook Account Upon Death?

While social networking has brought together long-lost friends and connected distant relatives, Facebook has filled yet another role- a memorial board for those who have passed.

We’d like to share the process of converting a FaceBook account into a memorialized account. It’s important to take these steps to ensure that the account remains active, if the family chooses to do so.

According to FaceBook support, “Facebook does not grant access to a deceased person’s account. Instead, FaceBook has a memorial status that turns the individual’s user page to a memorial page. Upon status change, friends can view and post their condolences or sympathy messages on the wall. “

Additionally, “The memorial page can be customized by close relatives upon approval by Facebook, but certain features like joining groups and posting status updates are disabled in this state. Should the family wish to have the page taken down and the account deleted, a request to FaceBook accompanied by a copy of the death certificate is required.”

Facebook already hosts thousands of memorialized accounts for deceased users. Many families are finding keeping their loved one’s FaceBook account active and placing it in memorial status allows them to share stories and memories and connect with others whose lives have also been touched by that person.

For many, FaceBook has helped support them through the holidays and other difficult times. Whenever one wants to remember or reflect on the deceased person’s life, there is now a place where comments have been left and memories shared.

To learn more about how to memorialize accounts or for the form to create a memorialized account, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/blog.php?post=163091042130.

Are you living your life to the fullest?

With today’s economic recession, there are many people trudging through life, living in their roles, living week-to-week, always looking for “someday” and forgetting to live life to the fullest today.

We challenge you to evaluate your life. How would you describe your life today? If a book or movie was written based on your life, would it be an adventure? Comedy? Romance? More likely than not, it’s probably a mix of a few different types.

As you are living life today think of years from now. When you look back, will you feel as though you truly lived life to the fullest, taking every experience in life and fully living it? Or will you think back with some regret, wishing you had done more, and possibly risked more.

Living life doesn’t require risk or action, but instead about the experience it creates, even if the activity is conservative and safe. Live in the moment, not in the future. Start living your life more fully today!

Unique Ways to Handle Cremains

As cremation becomes an increasingly popular choice for many, there is an increase in new and unique ways to handle cremains, also known as cremation remains.

Traditionally, cremains are handled by placing them in an urn. Urns are made from a wide variety of material and come in many different styles, designs, shapes and sizes, allowing families to select one that has significance to their deceased loved one.

But placing and keeping cremains in an urn is not the only choice families have; Scattering them at sea is another common way for handling the ashes. In the US, this is not allowed, so the ashes would have to be scattered over international waters.

Other less-traditional ways to handle cremains include placing them in keepsake urns, such as pendants, or incorporating them into paintings, tattoos, or beads.

An artist in Pennsylvania has dedicated his artistic abilities to incorporating cremains into his artwork. He creates custom paintings based on something that is meaningful to the family. He is among several artists across the country focusing on “memorial art” using cremains.

Embraced Jewelry in New Hampshire has also found a way to incorporate cremains into unique keepsakes. Using cremains, they create beads that can be incorporated into bracelets, necklaces and rosaries.

The choice on how you handle the cremains of your loved one is based on what you feel is best. We hope you find closure and peace in making that decision.

Who Should Attend A Wake

When a distant relative, acquaintance, coworker, or friend’s family member passes, it is sometimes difficult to determine whether or not to attend the wake. So when is it appropriate to do so, and under what circumstances can you forego attending? Here are some guidelines:

Keep in mind that a wake is an opportunity to express your respect and love for the deceased as well as an opportunity to show sympathy to the family. If you are close to a family member of the deceased, it may be comforting to the family to see you at the wake. Even if it is a short visit, there is a kind gesture in attending, signing in, and paying your condolences. This gesture goes a long way and is not usually forgotten.

If you knew the deceased, but are not sure if you were close enough to them, ask yourself how affected you are by the news. If you were affected by the death in a strong way, attending the wake can give you closure and forward you through the grieving process. Remember, It’s okay to do it for reasons other than to comfort the family.

Another circumstance that often comes up is when it pertains to the death of a coworker or a coworker’s loved one. Again, you should start by evaluating how close your relationship is/was with the coworker and determine whether to go or not from there. If you work closely with him or her, you may want to consider a visit to the wake, even if it is short. Otherwise, a sympathy card is a sufficient expression of sympathy.

One of the only circumstances that would be deemed “unacceptable” for you to attend a wake is if the family has opted for a private funeral service, which means that attendance is by invitation only. Unless requested by the family, you should not attend a private funeral or wake.

Remember that a wake is not only an opportunity to pay respect and show love for the deceased, but also a time to offer you closure and show sympathy and comfort to the family of the deceased. Follow your heart and your feelings when deciding whether you should attend a wake.

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