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 … Read moreEstablishing Significance—Bringing Meaning
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 … Read moreCupcakes at the funeral home?!?
It was in 1996, my first year at Horan & McConaty, that I took a daylong class from an organization called American Academy of Bereavement. The instructor was a woman named Judith Skretny. What I learned from Judith that day has been useful for me and for the individuals and families we care for over … Read moreSome of the Most Helpful Things I’ve Learned Over the Past 14 Years… by Jennifer McBride
Coping with Holidays and Other Special Days By Jennifer McBride, M.A. Director of Grief Support & Community Education While holiday times bring a certain kind of sorrow to those who are grieving, it can be the significant times in a person’s life, times not on everyone’s calendars, that can be especially difficult. These might include: … Read moreCoping With Holidays and Other Special Days
A Time of Remembrance 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 7, 2009– 3020 Federal Blvd. Tuesday, December 8, 2009– 1091 S. Colorado Blvd. Wednesday, December 9, 2009– 5203 E. County Line Rd. Monday, December 14, 2009– … Read more
11 words… I forgive you. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. Dr. Ira Byock, one of the pioneers and proponents of palliative medicine (care for those with chronic life-threatening illness), spoke to a small group brought together by The Denver Hospice. Dr. Byock believes people whose lives reflect these 11 words are much … Read moreThe following was written by John Horan for our staff newsletter – we want to share it with you as well.
I received this email last week (I removed the last name of the deceased and replaced with an initial): John, Today at our Grant Chapel we had a funeral service for Violet C., and the family had talked about how she and her husband, Dominic, were great dancers. This was also part of their DVD … Read more
Welcome to our blog. Our purpose is to provide information that helps you cope with some of the most difficult and painful times of your life. I hope you find this helpful and interesting. Your feedback is encouraged and appreciated! A well-known therapist and researcher on death and dying described Americans as the only country … Read moreWelcome!