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“Final Resting Place”- a 60 Minute investigative report reveals corruption at corporate-owned cemeteries with locations in Denver

On May 20, 2012, 60 Minutes, reported about improper conduct, dumping of human remains, mishandling records, and corruption at cemeteries owned by, Service Corp International, a company listed on the NYSE.

Denver residents may not be aware that this corporation also owns many locations in Denver: Olinger Crown Hill, Olinger Hampden, Olinger Highland Chapel, Olinger Eastlawn, Advantage Aurora Stevenson, and Trevino Funerals/Cremation, Moore Howard Chapel, Advantage Runyan, and Advantage Aurora Chase Chapel.

Bereaved families may think they are dealing with family businesses, but many of the funeral homes and cemeteries in Denver are actually owned by large corporations.

John Horan, owner of Horan and McConaty and Denver’s largest family owned funeral home, issued the following statement.
“We would like to express our deep condolences to all families whose deceased loved ones have experienced poor treatment at such cemeteries. During some of the most difficult and painful times of people’s lives, they need and deserve to be treated with integrity, genuine professionalism and compassion. We encourage families to choose a locally owned company with a reputation for honesty and quality. ”

Colorado is the only state without licensing or inspections of funeral homes or crematories. With unregulated and non-traditional sellers offering consumers many options for purchasing burial goods or services – consumers face risk.

“We encourage the public to ask who is caring for their family member, if the company is locally owned and operated, where their crematory is located and if the deceased ever leaves their care,” Horan stated.

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Horan & McConaty wins Best Large Business Award in Thornton

The City of Thornton recently held its annual Business Expo, which features the Business Recognition Awards recognizing five businesses that stand out from the crowd in their contributions to the community. Through a month-long online nomination process, a total of 12 businesses were nominated by business owners, managers, employees and customers. From these nominations, the BTAC Commissioners selected award winners for five different categories. The Best Large Business Award went to the best business in Thorton with over 21 employees. We are pleased to announce that Horan & McConaty was awarded the Best Large Business award at the 2012 Thorton Business Expo. Stephanie Grein, location manager, accepted the beautiful award that is now displayed proudly in the North Metro location.

We have been giving back to the community through our support of the Children’s Chorale and the Thornton Chorus, among other organizations. We are tremendously honored by the award and congratulate all who were nominated.

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