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A Time of Remembrance

Please join us for a memorial candle lighting ceremony to honor the memory of those whom we have loved and who have died. All programs begin at 7:00pm and last about one hour.  Refreshments will be served.

  • Thursday, Dec 4- Horan & McConaty, 3020 Federal Blvd.
  • Monday, Dec 8- Horan & McConaty, 1091 S. Colorado Blvd.
  • Tuesday, Dec 9- Horan & McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Rd
  • Thursday, Dec 11- Horan & McConaty, 9998 Grant Street
  • Monday, Dec 15- Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth
  • Tuesday, Dec 16- Horan & McConaty 3201 S. Parker Rd. (Heartlight Center)
  • Thursday, Dec 18- Horan & McConaty 7577 W. 80th Ave.

All are welcome and there is no cost for this program.

Please RSVP to jmcbride@horancares or call 303-745-1771 x342 as to the number of people and which evening you wish to attend.







Meet Our October Hospice Caregiver Award Recipient


Joan Hummel, Grief Counselor at Porter Hospice/St. Anthony Hospice, is the winner of the October Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Gretchen Norman who had the following to say about why she nominated Joan.

Joan Hummel is not only an amazing bereavement counselor, she is an amazing co-worker. She is a wealth of knowledge with resources, history, procedures and policies within our company, the community and the world in general! She exudes compassion and is the model of having an all accepting, strength-based approach to our bereaved family members and to our staff. Recently, it happened AGAIN in one of the grief groups I was facilitating. Joan’s name got brought up by one of the participants who is seeing her for individual grief counseling. Several other people in the group perked up as they are being followed by her in bereavement. I added that in years past, having my office next to Joan’s office, I would hear such robust laughter during the sessions that it was hard to believe something as heavy as grief counseling was going on in there. Joan later explained they talk about a lot of things, some very funny things – perhaps as a way of keeping the grief in perspective I imagine. In my group that night, there was such enthusiasm and faith that this ‘miracle worker’ named Joan would be there for them to deal with the grief. And I know Joan, she will! 

Gretchen Norman
Centura Health at Home/Porter Hospice and Butterfly Program

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.


Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

June Caregiver Award Winner

Jamie Weatherly, Director of Nursing at Suncrest Hospice is a winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

Pictured: Jennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM VP Horan & McConaty, Jamie Weatherly, Director of Nursing at Suncrest Hospice and John Horan, President Horan & McConaty

Jamie was nominated by Janet Moeller, RN Suncrest Hospice who shared just one story of how deeply Jamie is committed to the care for the patients she serves.

“Last week we had a patient who wanted to go home from the hospital to die.  Her family was willing to care for her, but their apartment was extremely hot.

Jamie got permission to purchase a swamp cooler from our business manager and went and bought the swamp cooler.

Then she took it to the apartment and carried it up a flight of narrow stairs (in heels no less!) and installed it in the window.  The patient and family were very appreciative.

When I came to admit the patient, the room was much cooler and the patient and family were very comfortable.”

Thank you Jamie 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!

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

April Caregiver Award Winner

Horan & McConaty HospiceDebbie Summers, RN with Halcyon Hospice is this month’s winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

“Debbie Summers is a phenomenal hospice nurse who works tirelessly to provide compassionate care for all of her patients.  She is dedicated, knowledgeable and thorough in her attention to detail.  I have had the pleasure of being part of care coordination meetings where Debbie is the RN Case Manager and I am always impressed.  She has such a gentle-natured way about her and relates so naturally with patients and families.

Debbie is the epitome of what a hospice nurse encompasses.  There should be many more people/nurses like her!”, stated Meredith Baldwin the Community Liason for Halcyon Hospice.

Thank you Debbie 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!

Heartlight Event, “It’s All About Love..Inspiring Hope!”

Congratulations to the HeartLight Center for the outpouring of support for their annual event, “It’s All About Love…Inspiring Hope”.  The evening was a big success! See Photos.

This year’s event honored 4 community members who are bringing help and hope to our community in outstanding ways.

Carole O’Shea, Coordinator of the Victim Services Unit of the Aurora Police Department; Dan Georgopoulos, Founder of Hands of The Carpenter; George (Skip) Noe, Aurora City Manager; Jennifer McBride, President and Co-founder of HeartLight Center.

Learn more about the HeartLight Center, dedicate to providing affordable grief support and education for adults in our community who are experiencing the pain and sorrow following the death of a loved one.

March Caregiver Award Winner

Will Reller of Gentiva Hospice receives award after being nominated by Jan Cico, Office Manager at Gentiva Hospice.

Pictured: Daren Forbes Horan & McConaty VP/COO, Will Reller Chaplain Gentiva Hospice, Jan Cico Office Manager Gentiva Hospice, Jennifer McBride VP Grief Support Horan & McConaty

“Will Reller is never too busy for anyone. He goes above and beyond when there is a need. He is very easy to talk to; he is a good listener and has good advice. He has a wonderful reputation in the facilities and is sought out by his peers as well. He is mild mannered and has a wonderful calming sense about him. Will is always ready and willing to do Memorial Services, attends funerals, is a wonderful spiritual counselor, and always has our patient’s best interest at heart. Always smiles and goes the extra mile for everyone”, said Jan in her nomination.

Congratulations Will! Thank you for your kind and uplifting devotion to your colleagues and patients.

February Caregiver Award Winner

Shalom Hospice Jolain GrafWe are honored to award our February 2013 Hospice Caregiver Award to Margaret Hapeman with Shalom Hospice.

Margaret was nominated by Jolain Graf, Chaplain & Assistant Director at Shalom Hospice.

“We enthusiastically recommend Margaret Hapeman for the Hospice Caregiver Award. Margaret tends to all her patients with heart, mind and soul. She goes the extra mile, paying attention to the small things that make patients happy. She has stopped to pick up a soft drink, hamburger or shake to share with one of her patients. Margaret also takes care of the staff in the facilities she serves. She bakes cookies for holidays and takes them out for a special treat. Margaret is clinically strong, a true patient advocate, supportive of the nurses who work with her, and shares her delightful sense of humor with all she meets.

Margaret works in the community.  She has Lowry Park where she cares for a lot of Medicaid folks.  Her heart is in caring for people who do not have anyone or who have special needs.  She has had several deaf patients and some who barely survive.  She is great with men who need someone to give them a “bad time” so they trust her.  She is fun!”, said Jolain in her nomination.

Congratulations Margaret.  Thank you for your caring devotion, joyful spirit and kindness to the community!

Resources for Coping During This Difficult Time

With the events that occurred on Friday, we would like to offer some resources from the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

Resources for coping with traumatic loss and violence
Helping children in the aftermath of a shooting (APA)
Resources for talking to children after disasters (AAP)
Educational pamphlets about trauma (ISTSS)

Please also visit our library of grief  articles: http://www.horancares.com/_mgxroot/page_10747.php

If you are in need of support, please contact Jennifer McBride, Director of Grief Support & Community Education at jmcbride@horancares or 303-745-1771 x242.

Our hearts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, Connecticut.

Support During This Difficult Time

Now more then ever we need to be mindful of caring for ourselves and for others around us. We have all been deeply affected by this tragedy. HeartLight Center is a place for grief education and support. The most powerful gift we can offer is a place of community where people are welcomed, honored, and cared for as they integrate what has happened.

Please remember…

Give expression to your thoughts and feelings- verbally, in writing, through exercise and movement.

Be kind to yourself and tolerant of fluctuations in energy and emotions.

Others may express their feelings in very different ways than we do. Seek to understand.

Being outdoors and connecting with nature can help to literally ground us.

There will be two events taking place at the HeartLight Center:
The Labyrinth at HeartLight Center

Walking with our Grief
Monday, July 30, 2012 7pm

“Life is a constant traveling in the labyrinth, arriving and moving on, finding one’s way to the center and then leaving it, proceeding into the path ahead.” Another writer says, “The labyrinth is a sacred place, set aside for reflections, beginning a healing process, bringing comfort in times of grief.” Come and spend time walking with others who are grieving and use the HeartLight Center labyrinth as a source of guidance through the community’s pain and your own personal grief journey.

Coping With Sudden, Traumatic Loss
August 6 and 20 at 7pm

For more information please visit the HeartLight Center’s website:
HeartLight Center- Parker Rd. & Dartmouth Ave. 720.748.9908 www.heartlightcenter.org


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