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July Caregiver Award Winner

Tamesha Prout, CNA at Suncrest Hospice is the winner of the Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.

Chelsey McCrory, a coworker at Suncrest Hospice, submitted the following letter explaining why she nominated Tamesha.

” I am nominating Tamesha Prout because she has outstanding levels of caring and compassion for both her patients and her fellow CNAs. When I started working for Suncrest, she took me under her wing for 2 of my 3 days of shadowing and made me feel very confident and comfortable doing hospice care. She is the most caring and compassionate when attending to her patients’ needs and does everything she can to make sure they are the most comfortable and taken care of. Watching her with patients is a very rewarding experience, and I always strive to deliver the same amount of compassion that Tamesha possesses in doing this very difficult job. And she’s always there to help co-workers in any way she possibly can. She’s an outstanding caregiver and human being, and this is why I am nominating miss Tamesha. “

Thank you Tamesha 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!

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

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!

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.

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.

Honoring Officer James Davies

On Thursday, we will be serving the family of Police Officer James Davies.

We are honoring Officer Davies’ dedication to protecting our community, and for dedicating his life to keeping us safe. He will always be remembered. Our hearts go out to all of his friends and family.

Today, we are sharing the thin blue line in his honor today. The Thin Blue Line is a symbol of support for law enforcement officers and is used among fellow officers. The blue represents officers and the courage they have when facing insurmountable odds. The black background is a constant reminder of all officers who have fallen. The line is what police officers protect; it’s the barrier between order and chaos. Together, they symbolize the camaraderie law enforcement officers all share, the brotherhood like no other. Today, please share this photo with the Thin Blue Line in honor of Police Officer James Davies. May he rest in peace.

Click here to read Officer Davies Obituary

Time of Remembrance Candlelighting Memorial Services

Please join us for our annual memorial candle-lighting ceremony
to honor the memory of those whom we have loved
and who have died.

Monday, December 6, 2010- 3020 Federal Blvd.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010- 1091 S. Colorado Blvd.
Thursday, December 9, 2010- 5303 E. County Line Rd.
Monday, December 13, 2010- 9998 Grant St.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010- 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Thursday, December 16, 2010- 3201 S. Parker Rd.
Monday, December 20, 2010- 7577 W. 80th Ave.

All programs begin at 7:00 PM and last about one hour.
Refreshments will be served.
All programs are free and open to the whole community.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to 303.745.1771 x342 as to
The number of people and which evening you wish to attend.

Please contact Jennifer McBride at jmcbride@horancares.com with any questions or concerns.

Establishing Significance—Bringing Meaning

It has been said that “We can embrace the death of someone we have loved by re-embracing their life.” That phrase sums up a great deal of what a funeral or memorial service seeks to accomplish. We come together in order for our hearts, minds and spirits to confront, absorb and integrate into ourselves that someone that someone we love has died. There are many powerful and meaningful ways this can be expressed. Taking the time to listen to people helps them to communicate to you what would be meaning-making in expressing and honoring the life of someone loved. Another important phrase is to think of is “What does this loss mean to this person at this time in his or her life?” The answer to that question might be totally different for each family member or friend.

• Invite people into the process of planning by asking about meaningful scripture, poetry, readings, hobbies, and passions of the deceased person.

• Creating memory photo boards can be a wonderful process that ALL can enter into. The sharing of stories and memories while doing this is a marvelous way of getting people involved. Tell the stories behind the photos.

• Creating a memorial table helps to bring tangible, visual objects that express someone’s life. It can help, in a very simple and symbolic way to tell those present something more about the person’s life and loves. We have seen a handmade quilt draped over a casket, a guitar draped with flowers, a young person’s snowboard propped against a stand of flowers, and an embroidered cloth from the family table covering the table on which photos and other precious objects might be placed. When a baby has died, families sometimes bring objects that express the hopes and dreams they had for their child.

• Encourage people to write letters or notes expressing their thoughts or feelings that can be read during the service and then either placed in the casket for burial or into the cremation container. Children might prefer to express themselves through drawings or bringing objects that express their feelings about the person who has died.

• Music brings out so many emotions during a service. Depending on your tradition and what kind of music is permissible, choose music that expresses the feelings.

• Pallbearers, made up of family and friends, can be a different form of participation and service for some. Those who are not of strong stature can serve as honorary pallbearers.

• Candles brought from home or a number of candles that represent family members, children or grandchildren can be a powerful visual symbol of the light that continues on in their lives.

Please understand that we are here to serve you & your family in any way we can.

Cupcakes at the funeral home?!?

by Jennifer McBride

I heard a wonderful story about something one of our funeral directors did that added that “extra touch” for a grieving family…

Debbie Winslow was making funeral arrangements with a family for a woman who had died. In the course of the conversation, laughter and tears that are a natural part of that process, Debbie heard the woman’s children talk about their fond memory of their mother’s cupcakes. At each of their birthdays, her children (now grown), she would send them to school with cupcakes for their whole class that were personalized with the name of each child in the class. They talked about how proud they were to bring these to their classmates…

When the family came in for their private viewing, before others would come later that day, Debbie had a tray with a cupcake for each of the family with their name written in icing!

Thank you, Debbie, for not only hearing what is shared with you, but also really listening and honoring the important treasures that are shared with us each day by those whom we are called to serve.

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