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Advance Planners Receive National Certification

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation to Advance Planning staff of Horan & McConaty Funeral Service.  Those receiving this prestigious certification include, Jane Baki, Paul Dwyer, Larry Hagan, Vicki Hook, Rebecca Pfoff, Jordan Smith, Kristen Van Ryswyk and Dena Winters.

The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals and cremations in advance.  In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.  CPC’s must demonstrate their on-going professional commitment by fulfillment of specific requirements as they renew their certification every four years.

Horan & McConaty is Colorado’s most preferred family-owned and operated funeral home.

“Colorado is unique,” said John Horan, President and CEO of Horan & McConaty.  “We are the only state that does not require licensing for funeral directors, embalmers and cremationists. We have always held our employees to the highest standards in the profession and so it just makes sense for our Advance Planning Advisors to be held to the same level of professionalism.”

John Horan President Horan & McConaty

As an independent funeral service and cremation provider, Horan & McConaty offers a complete array of options at seven locations throughout the metropolitan area.

“Our goal is to help families prepare for the worst day of their lives,” said Thomas Folkert, CPC, Vice-President of Advance Planning at Horan & McConaty.  “We plan in life for so many other things.  We should also be thoughtful of those we leave behind and have our final wishes prepared.”

Thomas Folkert, CPC, Vice-President of Advanced Planning

NFDA’s Certified Preplanning Consultant program, established in 1997, recognizes qualified, knowledgeable individuals who are committed to provide to provide ethical and caring advance planning services for all families.  “Those who have earned the CPC designation have achieved a unique career distinction that is highly valued by families that want to plan meaningful funeral in advance,” according to Colleen Klein Murphy, who manages the program.

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest professional funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries around the world.  NFDA is a trusted leader, beacon for ethics, and a strong advocate for the profession.  NFDA offers comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral service professionals.

The Mythical Pursuit of “Closure”

Jennifer A. McBride VP- Director of Grief Support & Community Education

“Closure” around our grief at the death of someone loved is a commonly held myth in our society that must be talked about.

Nancy Berns, sociologist at Drake University, does an excellent job in this 17 minute video of a talk she gave discussing this powerful issue.

We grieve because we have loved and grief is not something we “get over” after a period of time, just as we don’t “get over” the love we have for this person.

Rather we learn how to live with our loss, embracing the wide range of emotions that arise.

Please take the time to watch Nancy’s talk and share it with others! >>View Video

May Caregiver Award Winner

Anita Kuhn, Social Worker with The Denver Hospice is this month’s winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

Pictured: John Horan, President Horan & McConaty, Anita Kuhn, Social Worker with The Denver Hospice and Bev Sloan, CEO The Denver Hospice

Pictured: John Horan, President Horan & McConaty, Anita Kuhn, Social Worker with The Denver Hospice and Bev Sloan, CEO The Denver Hospice


Although we only had the gift of your care for a few days at the end of my mother’s life… we would like to nominate Anita Kuhn for the Hospice Caregiver Award.

Anita was very compassionate, caring and thoroughly focused on helping us understand the process we were embarking on.

She was so sincere and connected so well with my mother, my sister and myself very gently and easily.  ALL of the hospice caregivers were great, but Anita stood out most!

Peter Italiano, Son of Mary Italiano

Thank you Anita for your dedication.

Each 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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