How to Choose a Provider

Choosing a Funeral & Cremation Provider

Did you know that Colorado is the least regulated state in the United States and anyone can hold themselves out to do this work? Unfortunately, this means that many local funeral providers offer substandard services. That’s why it’s so important to do your homework and choose a professional, compassionate and highly experienced funeral provider—a funeral home you can actually trust.

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Before you settle on a funeral provider, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is the funeral home family-owned and operated or is it owned by a huge national chain?

    In this region, which is dominated by huge chains and multinational conglomerates, Horan & McConaty proudly remains independent and family-owned and operated.

  2. Where does the owner live? Does he or she live here in Colorado or in another state?

    Horan & McConaty’s owner and CEO John Horan is a lifelong Denver resident.

  3. How long have they been in business?

    The Horan and McConaty families have been serving Colorado residents since 1890. Over the decades, we have provided compassionate care and unparalleled service to more than 100,000 families.

  4. Does the provider follow certain standards even though the state of Colorado does not require it?

    Because we are committed to excellence, Horan & McConaty voluntarily adheres to the highest funeral industry standards.

  5. Always ask “Do they have an onsite crematory?”

    At Horan & McConaty, we offer cremations at our own crematory, which means your loved one will never leave the shelter of our expert care. You can take comfort knowing our trained professionals will handle every step of the cremation process with dignity and respect.

  6. Do they offer full-time grief support to survivors?

    Horan & McConaty is the only firm in the Denver area to offer full-time grief support to the families we serve.

  7. Do they have comfortable, conveniently located facilities?

    Horan & McConaty offers 7 convenient locations throughout the Denver Metro area. Our beautiful facilities were designed to provide a sense of warmth, peace, serenity and comfort. We also offer elegant full-service reception centers that can accommodate virtually any type of event before or after the service.

  8. Is the funeral staff friendly, professional, compassionate and experienced?

    At Horan & McConaty, we have carefully chosen each member of our staff to ensure that our families receive professional, compassionate care. Our highly trained, caring experts are here to guide you through every step of the arrangement process and support you during this painful and difficult time.

We can guarantee that if you ask other funeral and cremation providers these questions, you will not receive the same answers. Again, Colorado is the least regulated state, which allows anyone with little or no qualifications to offer cremation from garages, industrial warehouses, contract crematories and other substandard facilities. With these substandard providers, mix-ups and other mistakes have occurred. Call 303.745.4418 today to ensure you receive the highest level of care and all of your questions are answered.

Why Independent Ownership Matters

You may not realize that many of the funeral homes in Denver are not locally owned, but operated by huge chains and multinational conglomerates. Because we are family owned you have more choices and the highest level of personal care.

Here is a glimpse into who owns the major funeral homes in our community:

Corporate Ownership…

SCI Group

Service Corporation International (SCI) in Houston Texas is the world’s largest funeral/crematory conglomerate chain and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. SCI Group owns the following local funeral homes:

  • Olinger Mortuaries
  • Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery
  • Highland Mortuary & Cemetery
  • Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery
  • Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services
  • Trevino Mortuary
  • Moore Howard Chapel
  • Neptune Society
  • National Cremation Society

Newcomer Funeral Homes & Crematories:

This Kansas-based company is part of a chain of funeral homes. The owner of these funeral homes is not a local resident, but lives in Kansas. Newcomer owns the following Denver area funeral homes:

  • Newcomer Funeral Home West Metro Chapel in Lakewood
  • Newcomer Funeral Home East Metro Chapel in Aurora

John Horan, Jennifer McBride, and Darren Forbes

Left to right:

John J. Horan, CFSP/CMSP
President/​CEO

Jennifer McBride
Vice President/Grief Support & Community Education

Daren Forbes
Vice President/​COO

Our family has been in Denver for over 100 years and Horan & McConaty is proud to remain independently owned. We have cared for over 100,000 Denver residents since 1890, and we offer the level of compassionate care only a family can provide. We are accountable to you and your family—not to stockholders and investors.

During your difficult time of need, choose a family company you can trust. Choose Horan & McConaty. Call 303.745.4418 to talk to one of our caring staff.

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