A funeral or memorial service is a first step in the grieving process. The days, weeks and months following are often very difficult for those mourning the loss of a loved one. During this time, the support, encouragement and guidance of others is very important. That’s why Horan & McConaty offers compassionate support to our community.

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In-House Grief Support Expert

Jennifer McBrideJennifer McBride, MA, FT, DM, our Director of Grief Support & Community Education, can guide you and your family through this painful time. Jennifer has worked with Horan & McConaty for more than 15 years, 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. 

Jennifer is here to offer you support and information about the grieving process as well as connect you with other resources in the community. She offers the following invaluable 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 as well as other community grief education events
  • Grief education materials for all ages

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

HeartLight Center

HeartLight_logo.jpgOur Aurora funeral home on E. Dartmouth Avenue also serves as the headquarters for the HeartLight Center. A not-for-profit organization founded in 2001, HeartLight Center 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 gives participants insight to gain the strength and peace they need to effectively move forward with their lives. HeartLight also provides education programs for professional and volunteer caregivers in our community who are working with those who are grieving.

We seek to serve our community, both the general public as well as the community of caregivers who deal with those who are dying and their families. Our goal at HeartLight is not to duplicate existing programs that already serve our community, but to listen closely the public and professionals and create the type of programs they need.

For more information, visit www.heartlightcenter.org.