Horan & McConaty is among the few mortuaries in the area to operate our own, private crematory. Your loved one never leaves the compassionate, capable hands of our staff.
Most importantly, our certified, trained professionals handle every step of the cremation process with dignity and respect. Every member of our staff commits to our Cremation Code of Ethics, a pledge of honesty and dignity. They sign an oath that attests to their commitment, and each signed pledge is on display in the public area adjacent to our crematory.
We are among the very few mortuaries to operate our own crematory inside our clean and secure facility. It is important to understand that Colorado is the only state without licensing or inspections of crematories, which allows anyone with little or no qualifications to offer cremation from garages, industrial warehouses, contract crematories, and the like.
It takes more effort to ensure that the cremation is handled with care, dignity, and high standards. To assure your loved one is being cared for appropriately, we adhere to a rigid 23 Point Pre-Cremation Checklist and involve two staff members in every cremation process. Staff members sign an oath attesting to their commitment to our high standards. These signed oaths are on display in the public area adjacent to our crematory
We are the region’s first crematory to encourage your personal inspection. We are the first to offer a special viewing room located next to our crematory to facilitate those who wish to be present for the start of the cremation process.
We are members of the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to our staff. We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty.
Cremation is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone by way of heat and flame. We prefer to say “cremated remains” rather than “ashes” because we believe that the term “ashes” can be misleading. Our funeral directors or crematory staff can explain the consistency of cremated remains in as much detail as you prefer. If you are considering scattering we would recommend you ask us to prepare you for what you will encounter. If the deceased is Jewish, Christian Orthodox, Muslim, or Roman Catholic, you may wish to consult clergy or our staff for guidance. For example, the Catholic Church strongly advocates the presence of the body – not the cremated remains – for the Funeral Mass with cremation to take place later. The Catholic Church does not accept scattering. Our Cremation Authorization form goes into some detail in explaining the cremation process, our policies and procedures. You will receive a copy of the completed form.