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September Hospice Caregiver Award

Lori Preble, a Hospice Specialist at Gentiva Hospice, is the winner of the September Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Lori was nominated by Nate Gustafson, Chaplain at Gentiva Hospice, who described her with these words…

Lori Preble is a “Hospice Specialist” with our hospice organization. Her main role is to provide education about the end of life and the hospice benefit with local hospitals, physician groups and clinics across the Metro area. Last month Lori went out of her way to visit one of our patients, a 28 years old who, in a panic, revoked our hospice care and went to the local emergency room.

Once in the ER, Lori went to see him because he did not have any family close to him. The patient found out he had too many complications to overcome physically and was only expected to live 24-48 hours. The young man was afraid and alone and Lori stayed with him the whole day in the hospital. She found out that he loved hunting and had a favorite hunting magazine so she went to Wal-Mart and found his favorite hunting magazine and brought it to him in the hospital.

Lori did all of this out of her compassionate heart and deserves to be recognized for her selfless care.

Each monthly Caregiver Award 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!

Compassionate Professional Jennifer McBride

Jennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM is a Vice President at Horan and McConaty. She attended Parsons School of Design and St. Thomas Theological Seminary.  Jennifer has a Masters in Pastoral Ministry and is a Fellow in Thanatology, an advanced practice distinction from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She has been in funeral service for 17 years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you?  Enjoying our granddaughters, camping, hiking, getting “grounded” in the beauty of nature and the beautiful state of Colorado, live music and cooking!

What is the most important thing families should know about you? What a privilege it is to be invited into such sacred times in their lives.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty?We have the most caring, capable and compassionate staff family of any funeral service company.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? They will receive the best care possible, at the time of services and long after.

Tips for Helping You Cope During the Holiday Season

Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of someone loved. Rather than being times of family togetherness, sharing and thanksgiving, holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness.

Love Does Not End With Death

Since love does not end with death, holidays may result in a renewed sense of personal grief-a feeling of loss unlike that experienced in the routine of daily living. Society encourages you to join in the holiday spirit, but all around you the sounds, sights and smells trigger memories of the one you love who has died.

No simple guidelines exist that will take away the hurt you are feeling. We hope, however, the following suggestions will help you better cope with your grief during this joyful, yet painful, time of the year. As you read through this article, remember that by being tolerant and compassionate with yourself.

#1 Talk About Your Grief

During the holiday season, don’t be afraid to express your feelings of grief. Ignoring your grief won’t make the pain go away and talking about it openly often makes you feel better. Find caring friends and relatives who will listen-without judging you. They will help make you feel understood.

#2 Be tolerant of Your Physical and Psychological Limits

Feelings of loss will probably leave you fatigued. Your low energy level may naturally slow you down. Respect what your body and mind are telling you. And lower your own expectations about being at your peak during the holiday season.

#3 Eliminate Unnecessary Stress

You may already feel stressed, so don’t overextend yourself. Avoid isolating yourself, but be sure to recognize the need to have special time for yourself. Realize also that merely “keeping busy” won’t distract you from your grief, but may actually increase stress and postpone the need to talk out thoughts and feelings related to your grief.

#4 Be With Supportive, Comforting People

Identify those friends and relatives who understand that the holiday season can increase your sense of loss and who will allow you to talk openly about your feelings. Find those persons who encourage you to be yourself and accept your feelings-both happy and sad.

#5 Talk About the Person Who Has Died

Include the person’s name in your holiday conversation. If you are able to talk candidly, other people are more likely to recognize your need to remember that special person who was an important part of your life.

#6 Do What Is Right for You During the Holidays

Well-meaning friends and family often try to prescribe what is good for you during the holidays. Instead of going along with their plans, focus on what you want to do. Discuss your wishes with a caring, trusted friend.

Talking about these wishes will help you clarify what it is you want to do during the holidays. As you become aware of your needs, share them with your friends and family.

#7 Plan Ahead for Family Gatherings

Decide which family traditions you want to continue and which new ones you would like to begin. Structure your holiday time. This will help you anticipate activities, rather than just reacting to whatever happens. Getting caught off guard can create feelings of panic, fear and anxiety during the time of the year when your feelings of grief are already heightened. As you make your plans, however, leave room to change them if you feel it is appropriate.

#8 Embrace Your Treasure of Memories

Memories are one of the best legacies that exist after the death of someone loved. And holidays always make you think about times past. Instead of ignoring these memories, share them with your family and friends. Keep in mind that memories are tinged with both happiness and sadness. If your memories bring laughter, smile. If your memories bring sadness, then it’s alright to cry. Memories that were made in love-no one can ever take them away from you.

#9 Renew Your Resources for Living

Spend time thinking about the meaning and purpose of your life. The death of someone loved created opportunities for taking inventory of your life-past, present and future. The combination of a holiday and a loss naturally results in looking inward and assessing your individual situation. Make the best use of this time to define the positive things in life that surround you.

#10 Express Your Faith

During the holidays, you may find a renewed sense of faith or discover a new set of beliefs. Associate with people who understand and respect your need to talk about these beliefs. If your faith is important, you may want to attend a holiday service or special religious ceremony.

As you approach the holidays, remember: grief is both a necessity and a privilege. It comes as a result of giving and receiving love. Don’t let anyone take your grief away.

Love yourself. Be patient with yourself. And allow yourself to be surrounded by loving, caring people.

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Copyright 2007-2013, Center for Loss and Life Transition

Compassionate Professional Lyman Wheeler

Lyman Wheeler is the Location Manager & Funeral Director at our South Denver location. He is a graduate of Wichita State University in Wichita, KS and Central State University in Edmond, OK.  Lyman is a Kansas Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and has been in funeral service for 30 years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I spend a great deal of time with my dogs and my friends (in that order.) I invest a lot of time at the gym, biking, and running.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? As a former funeral home owner, my commitment to each family’s overall experience, and to their wishes, is greater than they would expect.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? Families should know that Horan & McConaty is a place where the “right thing” is always done, without question. Making a difference in people’s lives is much more than just a motto here.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? A funeral experience is one that cannot be repeated or later improved upon, and we understand the importance of getting it perfect the first time. Most people go through a significant death very few times in their lives, and those moments should have a purposeful, profound impact. We understand that.

Compasionate Professional Lisa Baer

Lisa Baer is the Office Manager at our Northwest / Arvada location. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho.  Lisa has been in funeral service for three years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I live well by smiling and laughing every day with my family and friends. I enjoy singing and playing the piano and guitar. I love outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and snowboarding and feel at home in the mountains. I also enjoy playing sports such as volleyball, football and ultimate frisbee.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I love what I do and truly care about others. I will do everything in my power to help them, especially during some of the hardest times of their lives.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? Horan & McConaty is the best there is. I have never met a more capable and loving group of individuals who come together in so many ways to serve families.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? I recommend all of my family and friends to Horan & McConaty because I know they will receive the best care possible. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Compassionate Professional Jessica Faust

Jessica Faust is the Office Manager at our SE Denver/Aurora location. She graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a BS in Sociology.  Jessica has been in funeral service for three years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I love cooking & entertaining, especially for the Holidays.  I look forward to football & baseball season.  My husband and I love road trips together & going to the mountains and outdoor activities with our dog.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I am a fourth generation native to the Lakewood/Littleton area. I am very passionate about people and caring for others. I have found funeral service to be the area in which I am most fit to be in.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? Horan & McConaty is a professional, kind and compassionate family-owned business with a great reputation in the Denver area.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? We have state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional staff.

Compassionate Professional Curt Van Ryswyk

Curt Van Ryswyk is a Funeral Director at our SW Denver/Lakewood location. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with a BS in Finance and Arapahoe Community College with an AS in Mortuary Science. Curt is a Colorado Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner (CMSP) and has been in funeral service for 14 years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I travel, bike, read and watch movies.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? I will take care of all of the necessary details so the family doesn’t need to worry about them.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We are the best.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? We have the most professional, experienced staff in the area.

 

Meet Casey Coghlan

Casey Coghlan is the Location Manager & Funeral Director at our Northwest Arvada location. She is a graduate of St. John’s University and Arapahoe Community College. Casey has been in funeral service for 7 years.

What does “Live Well” mean to you? I live well by maximizing my time. I am surrounded by wonderful people, personally and professionally. I enjoy exercise and live music. When I am not working, I try to drive my car as little as possible. I am the happiest and most relaxed when I am outside.

What is the most important thing families should know about you? The care and kindness you receive from me as a funeral director can also be seen in how I treat my co-workers.

What is the most important thing families should know about Horan & McConaty? We are here to make the most difficult time in your life easier.

Why should families choose Horan & McConaty? It is very simple. We care and we are the best.

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!

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