Grief Services

Grief Support Services

After the funeral or memorial service, which is a first step in the grieving process, the days, weeks and months that follow are often difficult for mourners. During this time, the support, encouragement and guidance of others play important roles in healing from the loss of a loved one.

For generations, Horan & McConaty has supported our community by providing a range of services that ease the grieving process. We encourage you to take advantage of all offerings that are right for you or family.

In-House Grief Support Expert   HeartLight Center

In-House Grief Support Expert

Jennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM, Director of Grief Support & Community Education, can guide you and your family through this painful time. Jennifer has worked with Horan & McConaty for decades, offering grief support to the metro-Denver area. She has conducted hundreds of community education programs for hospice and hospital staff members, victim advocates, as well as other professional and lay caregivers. She is a Fellow in Thanatology of the Association for Death Education & Counseling and holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Thomas Theological Seminary.

Providing information about the grieving process and helping you connect with other resources in the community, Jennifer is here to offer a range of services:

  • Support at the time of the viewing, funeral and after the service—in person, by phone or by mail
  • A listing of support groups in the Denver metro area
  • Referrals to groups, workshops, retreats, counselors and other resources
  • Invitations to holiday memorial programs and other community grief education events
  • Grief education materials for all ages

The families we serve receive all benefits at absolutely no charge.

Jennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM

HeartLight Center

The headquarters for the nonprofit HeartLight Center is located in Aurora Funeral Home on E. Dartmouth Avenue. Founded in 2001, HeartLight Center serves the general public as well as the community of caregivers who work with those who are dying and their families.

HeartLight provides affordable grief support and education for adults in our community who are experiencing the pain and sorrow following the death of a loved one. Offered in group sessions, the HeartLight Center’s support shares insights that help participants gain the strength and peace they need to move forward with their lives.

HeartLight also provides education programs for professional and volunteer caregivers in our community who work with those who are grieving.

Our purpose is not to duplicate existing programs that already serve our community. Instead, upon hearing from the public and professionals, we fill gaps by creating the type of programs they need.

For more information, please visit www.heartlightcenter.org.

 

Customer Review

Andy H.

Littleton, CO

My wife Rosa passed away on 2/2/14 after a six year battle with cancer.  I only knew of one Funeral Home close to my house and since I had heard commercials before, I thought Horan & McConaty would work fine.  I had no idea what a positive, life-changing experience it would be for myself and family.  Within an hour of my wife's passing, a kind representative from H & M arrived at Denver Hospice to explain the process.  Within about 24 hours, I received a call from Jim Moon at the Centennial Location to not only offer his condolences but also to set up a time to meet and to arrange a time for the viewing.

My wife went through a very difficult time.  I remember the strain on her face as she fought for her last breaths of life and I remember how she looked when the nurse woke me up to let me know my beautiful wife had passed on into eternity.

To say the viewing was life-changing is an understatement.  It is hard to find the words to express how much comfort and peace that brought.  She never looked so beautiful and in fact looked 10-15 years younger than when I last saw her at Denver Hospice.  It was truly incredible and it's an image I will hold dear to my heart forever.

Jim was absolutely amazing during the whole process.  He called me every day to see how I was doing.  He offered guidance and his expertise wherever and whenever needed.  Pressure never once entered the equation.  I worked closely with Christine on the flyer and pictures and she was simply fantastic.

The service was on 2/15 and although Jim was not able to attend, Lucas was and he did fantastic.  I had a couple of tricky recordings that needed to be queued up during the audio portion and he nailed it!

The service was flawless.  The music and pictures played beautifully.  The stage looked so elegant and beautiful.

It's an excruciating thing to lose your partner and best friend - even more when there is suffering involved.  Having a partner like H & M there to ease this process and transition is an extraordinary gift.

I feel very fortunate and blessed to have partnered with H & M to begin my process of healing.  This was a very positive experience for me and my family.  I am a customer for life and I cannot imagine considering anyone else for funeral and cremation services.  It's not a sexy business and certainly not something we like to talk about too much but it is a part of life that we all have to face sooner or later.  I feel I have gained a friend and an invaluable resource through all of this.

I've read some of the reviews and although I can't speak to some of the negative experiences, I can only speak to mine and I absolutely recommend H&M because I believe this is a business that truly cares about helping loved ones through this difficult time and I received nothing but compassion, understanding and integrity through the entire process.  It may not have been the cheapest in town but for what I received and the healing it brought me, it was worth every penny.