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Compassionate Professional Daren Forbes

Daren Forbes is Vice President/COO of Horan & McConaty.  He a graduate of Brigham Young University Cypress College of Mortuary Science and is a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner (CMSP). Daren has been in funeral service for 23 years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I love to spend time with my family which includes our three grandchildren. I also enjoy service opportunities in my church and mountain biking in the Colorado Mountains and Moab, Utah.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? Caring for families during some of the most difficult times in their lives allows me to be a part of something much larger than myself.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We provide unparalleled service and care during some of the most difficult times in one’s life.

Have Lunch or Dinner on Us

Back by Popular Demand!   The Horan & McConaty Staff is once again speaking and answering questions about the important topic of advance funeral and/or cremation pre-planning.

Pizza, salad, beverages and dessert will be served.

Join us for lunch or dinner at any of the below locations. Come for the food and stay for Horan & McCoanty’s presentation on what you can do in advance. Planning in advance is the best way to ensure you “Leave Well.” It’s easier than you think and we can help you get started. Our staff is specially selected and trained to help you and your loved ones through
planning a final farewell.

Visit our event page at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/4987037597 or call one of the numbers listed below to register for the date and time that works best for you.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 – RSVP’s appreciated to Lisa (303) 327-7220
Arvada Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p. m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – RSVP’s appreciated to Janice (303) 280-4688
Thornton Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p. m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 – RSVP’s appreciated to Amy (303) 986-9615

Lakewood Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p. m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 8, 2013 – RSVP’s appreciated to Christine (303) 221-0030
Centennial Maps/Directions
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p. m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


August Hospice Caregiver Award

Clorinda Salazar, social worker for Agape Hospice, is the winner of the August Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty. Clorinda was nominated by five of her co-workers, who described her with these words…

“Clorinda is a great team player, a very good co-worker and I like to work with her at any time.”

“Clorinda is so kind and is a great social worker.”

“She is a team player, is very committed, gentle and great at speaking Spanish.”

“I nominate Clorinda because she is one of the very best social workers.”

“Clorinda is a great team player!  She will help her co-workers at any moment and is a patient advocate.”


Thank you Clorinda for your commitment to those you serve!

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!

Andrea’s Story

For the staff at Horan & McConaty, Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t just a great opportunity to promote an important cause. It’s much more personal.

Andrea Horan, wife of Horan & McConaty President and CEO John Horan, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. This dreadfully alarming news turned the Horan family’s lives upside-down.

“My maternal aunt had breast cancer when she was about 38, and she had a mastectomy and was cured,” Andrea explains. Andrea also had a great grandmother who was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Knowing all that, I started having mammograms from the time when I turned 30.”

Andrea went in for a mammogram every single year until 1999, when she and John’s fourth child, John Luke, was born. Because Andrea was nursing, she had to skip her mammogram that year. The following year, Andrea was no longer nursing her son so she went back to be screened. Unfortunately, unlike all the mammograms she had received in the past, this one wasn’t normal.

Andrea still vividly remembers the day she got the call from her doctor. “It was 7:30 in the morning. I was getting my kids ready for school, and I received a call from my OB,” she recalls. “And although I love him, your doctor doesn’t call you at home at 7:30 in the morning.”

The doctor told Andrea her mammogram didn’t look normal. He then delivered the terrible news: Andrea had DCIS or Ductal carcinoma in situ. DCIS is a noninvasive breast cancer in the lining of the milk ducts that has not yet invaded nearby tissues. However, if left untreated, DCIS can progress to invasive cancer. “He said if you have to have breast cancer, it’s one of the most easily treatable,” Andrea said.

Still, the news was a huge shock to Andrea and her family. “I remember the morning Andrea’s doctor told her she had breast cancer,” John reflects. “Most of all, I remember the fears of our children and ourselves, and the questions. ‘Why her? Now what? Is mom going to die?’ Thankfully, we were able to get answers quickly.”

“It seemed like everybody sprang into action,” Andrea says.  Soon after her diagnosis, Andrea underwent a lumpectomy just days after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the pathologist came back with the news that the margins were not clear, so Andrea was scheduled for a complete mastectomy.

“I was in the hospital the day after Christmas for surgery because we were just going as fast as we could,” she remembers. Andrea underwent mastectomy and reconstruction at the same. Although she was anxious about the procedure, Andrea says the surgeons helped calm her nerves.

“My surgeon and plastic surgeon who performed the mastectomy and reconstruction are both women, and they were both in the operating room at the same time,” Andrea says. “They were absolutely wonderful. They were really supportive, and I just can’t say enough about them. They made the experience so much better than it could have been.”

Soon after her surgery, Andrea went home to recover with her family. “My recovery was actually pretty uneventful,” Andrea says, pointing out that her family and friends helped her through it all. “John was wonderful support, as were all my family and friends.” A few months later, Andrea had fully recovered from her surgery, and she finally received some great news: She was all clear. She wouldn’t have to go through chemo or radiation.

“Since that time, I’ve just had a lot of follow-ups and of course continuing mammograms,” Andrea says. “I’ve reached the 10-year mark, at which point you feel like you don’t have to think about it on a daily basis.”

After she was diagnosed, Andrea also underwent genetic testing to find out if her three daughters could be affected. Fortunately, she received more wonderful news: although there is a history of breast of cancer in Andrea’s family, it is not genetic. “That was good news, especially for my daughters,” Andrea says.

Since Andrea’s frightening ordeal, the Horan family has realized the enormous importance of early breast cancer detection.  “After I found out I had breast cancer, all of my friends went in for mammograms,” says Andrea. “In fact, when I was being wheeled off to surgery, one of my friends was going in for a mammogram at the same time. It was kind of a wake-up call for them.”

One in seven women will develop breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. Fortunately, early detection through screening mammography greatly improves treatment options and helps save lives.  “I believe early detection saved my life,” Andrea says.  “My breast cancer was treatable because it was discovered at such an early stage.  Take the time to learn about breast screening options- for your own sake and for your loved ones.”

Meet Debbie Winslow

Debbie Winslow is a funeral director at our SE Denver/Aurora location.  She has been in funeral service for over nine years.  She has a BS in broadcasting from Oral Roberts University as well as an AS in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College and has been in funeral service for over nine years. Debbie is a CMSP (Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner.)

What does “Live Well” mean to you?  Praying, Skiing, and SCUBA Diving

What is the most important thing families should know about you? My role as a funeral director is to gently and compassionately educate, so the people I meet can make informed decisions with which they are comfortable. My goal is to provide creative support throughout the process to help create services that are unique and meaningful.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? As a family-owned firm, we answer to the families we serve, not stockholders.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? Our professional, courteous, and compassionate staff is second-to-none.

Let Your Clergy Know How Much They are Appreciated

It is Clergy Appreciation Month! Whether you go to a church, synagogue, temple, or some other place of worship or of special religious significance, take time in October to simply say thank you to those who serve and help you in your spiritual journey.

Everyone needs more than just a handshake from time to time to let them know you appreciate their hard work and spiritual leadership.

Here are some simple ways to show your appreciation:

  • Make a special effort to pray for him/her every day this month and let them know you are doing so.  Invite others to join you!
  • Send a card or write a quick email letting him/her know you appreciate his teaching and leadership and tell them how they have helped you grow in your spiritual journey.
  • Add an extra thank you in your greetings and conversations with them.
  • Offer a helping hand.  Rake those fall leaves and take care of some yard work.  Offer up any services that might lighten his/her burden for a day.    
  • Make a special gift offering.
  • Bake a pie or bring lunch to a staff member or volunteer.
  • Invite him/her and their family over for dinner one night. 

How do you honor your spiritual leader?  We’d love to hear your ideas so please share them throughout the month here on the blog and on Facebook!

Meet Chuck Bowman

Chuck Bowman is the Vice President, Location Manager and a Funeral Director at our South Metro location.  He attended Mortuary school at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton,Colorado and has been in funeral service for 45 years. Chuck is a Colorado Mortuary Science Practitioner and a Certified Funeral Service Professional.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I spend time with family, caring for my 20-month-old grandson. I also enjoy woodworking as a hobby.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I have spent years in funeral service, caring for families and hopefully making a difficult time a bit easier to bear.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty?   I have the honor of working with the most professional and caring staff of any funeral home in the nation. The care and devotion each family receives is the most important element of the services offered by our staff and management.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? The care given to the family and the professional treatment of the deceased are held to the highest standard of any funeral home in the country.




Meet Compassionate Professional Sarah Foster

Sarah FosterSarah Foster is the office manager our Central Denver location and has been in funeral service for over four years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? As a single parent, I enjoy spending my extra time with my son and riding my Harley.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I am always 100% honest and strive to maintain a calm, compassionate and professional attitude with families at all times. I am proud to work with our team at Speer and Federal, a  historic building in the Highlands neighborhood.  We serve a diverse cross section of families and I love learning and honoring so many customs and beliefs.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty?   Horan & McConaty will always go above and beyond to honor your family’s wishes. We strive to create unique and meaningful services that are uplifting and help people cope and move forward.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? Horan & McConaty is family owned and we do not outsource for any service. Our staff are professionally trained and experienced, going “above and beyond” in Colorado where these high standards are optional.  Our 7 locations are convenient for families and we strive to create unique and  meaningful services for each one we serve.


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