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Helping Families for Over 128 Years

John Horan, Jennifer McBride, and Daren Forbes.

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Jennifer McBride

Director of Grief Support & Community Education

Daren Forbes


“My family has been serving Denver since 1890. For over a century our reputations has been unsurpassed. My associates and I work very hard every day to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve.”

John Horan, CFSP 

Do you know Colorado is the least regulated state in the United States and anyone can hold themselves out to do this work without training or experience?

We invite you to watch the videos below as families in our community share their experience of our services.

Your visit to any of our locations is welcome, so you can experience the difference in person.

During some of the most difficult times of your life, it makes sense to choose quality and expertise. You and your family deserve nothing less.

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“Celebrate my mom”

Amy Klein, Horan and McConaty client, and funeral director Michael Wellensick.

Amy shares how she overcame a great sense of fear, after her Mother’s death. Mary Frances “Fray” Leonard was a nurse by profession and cared deeply for her family. Amy found support and guidance with the staff at Horan & McConaty. We are honored to have her permission to share her experiences with you.


“Plan in advance”

Horan and McConaty clients Steven & Dorie Schaffner and advance planning advisor Vicki Hook.

Steven and Dorie Schaffner live in Parker and have been married for over 51 years. With Vicki Hook, Horan & McConaty Advance Planning Advisor, they were motivated by the love of their family to plan ahead so they could get on with living.


“When I needed it most”

Horan and McConaty CEO John Horan and client Vi June.

Vi June has been a resident of Westminster, CO for more than four decades. Vi June is a past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. Mrs. June shares her experience regarding planning services for her husband Bob and why she has now planned for herself with Horan & McConaty.


“Celebrate the life of my husband”

Horan and McConaty funeral director Dan Davis and client Mary Elizabeth Von Feldt.

Mary Elizabeth Von Feldt’s husband, Herb, was a well-known singer. Mary Elizabeth included his music as part of his service. With Dan Davis, Horan & McConaty Funeral Director, she created an unforgettable funeral service.


“Honor our mom”

Horan and McConaty funeral director Dan Davis and clients Liz Castillo and Barb Iredale.

Liz Castillo and Barb Iredale, talk about their Mother Norma Iredale. Norma loved baking cookies and was famous for always having them on hand for family. They decided to incorporate her love of cookies as part of her final tribute.


“Plan in advance”

Horan and McConaty vice president Daren Forbes and client Rick Crandall.

Rick Crandall is the morning show host of The Breakfast Club and program director for 1430AM. He believes it’s a great gift to his family to have his wishes recorded in advance. Rick shares his experience of the planning process and how his perspective has changed about the path his life has been on. We are grateful for Rick allowing us to share his journey with you.

Horan and McConotay did a fantastic job with Sheri's service. The photo montages were beautifully done by Vanessa.

Bancroft Titter
March 24, 2023

I want to extend my greatest gratitude to Emma Strauch. I can’t begin to express my appreciation for all that you have done. You have done more for our family then you could possibly imagine. Thank you for every kind conversation, every email, every question. Your professionalism and generosity have made this process so much easier. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to meet you. You have helped to honor our loved one at the highest standard possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Misty Thompson and Kimberly Repass
March 14, 2023

My deepest sympathy to Myra Kelly Chris Brennan and all the Galligan family. My heart is broken at the loss of my beautiful beloved friend Richard. I know he is in heaven with his true loving friends —his dogs. Looking down on us from the loving arms of Jesus. Larry

Larry Peschka
January 4, 2023

My beloved parents died within two weeks of each other in March, 2022. Amy May guided us through this immensely difficult time with utmost care, compassion, respect, sensitivity and warmth. We were also supported by her staff member Callum, who demonstrated the same crucial gifts in all our contacts m. My family and I are grateful and uplifted by the care we received.

Jon Richard
April 13, 2022

Catherine, Megan, Brian and the team at the Thornton facility helped us honor our son, their support and experience with law enforcement community went a long way in helping us recognize our son's years of service to the community he served, this was a very difficult time for our family and your team did a fantastic job, well done!

Robert and Pat Bobo
November 12, 2021

I just want to extend my greatest thank you to Kacey O’Conner. She was the absolute best at helping my family plan our father’s funeral. We had no idea how to begin and she was so very helpful, professional, kind and fun to be with.
I would recommend Horan and McConaty any time. My family was so very grateful to have such a caring group of people to walk us through the process.
Our father, Don Kerkhoff is resting peacefully thanks to Kacey and her team.
The Kerkhoff family

Peggy McNellis
September 7, 2021

I write to extend the most important “Thank You” of my life.

You, and each person involved in preparing Krys and providing support for his service, have done more for our family than we ever could have expected. Each conversation, question, call, and e-mail was met with remarkable care and professionalism. The team’s empathy and ability to know what to say and how to say it is not a learned skill—it is a unique, innate quality.

Krys was well taken care of in life. I loved being his mother. I needed a lot during the first week after Krys’ death. I needed him to be seamlessly cared for in death, as he was in life. My attentiveness and instinct to nurture him did not change from life to death. I needed you to be an extension of me. And you all were. My hands were on your hands as you cared for him. Your thoughts were my thoughts.

Thank you to those who transported Krys from McKee Medical Center to Horan & McConaty in Aurora. Amy, thank you for your call letting me know when Krys arrived. Amy and JaCobe, thank you for spending so much time with us as we made detailed decisions about Krys’ service, reception, and remains. Tori, Vanessa, and Samantha, thank you all for the warm welcome each time we arrived to see Krys. Vanessa, thank you for your patience as I cried in the doorway the first time I viewed Krys’ body. Marisa and Laleh, thank you for preparing Krys’. We needed to say goodbye, and you allowed us that incredible honor. Thank you for coming up to meet me so I could personally thank (and hug) both of you. Kristen, Dan, Catie, Megan, Tavin, Spencer, Jonathan, Benjeman, Alex, Jake, Evie, Chad, Sal, Sylvia, Monica, and Connor, thank you for all of your help caring for Krys. For dressing him, for moving him, for his peaceful appearance, for making sure he was ready for four viewings, for the beautiful service, for making arrangements to live stream Krys’ service for his Icelandic family, for preparing him (and us) for his cremation, and for allowing us to view and begin his cremation process.

As you may or may not know, your care and expertise in preparing Krys’ body, allowed his 9-year-old son to say goodbye. Every second you spent with Krys gave that little boy opportunities for closure. He had several opportunities to view and touch his father, all of which better prepared him for their final goodbye. Those important experiences and memories will comfort him throughout his lifetime.

Your work allowed our family to feel brave. We could not have done that without you.

Language and words seem far too limiting to express the gratitude we feel. Know our “Thank You” “higher than the sky, deeper than the sea, and bigger than the whole wide world”. Our “Thank You” is eternal.

I have one request of each of you. Please go home tonight and read this letter out loud to your family. Really. Out loud. Thank you.

Dawn W. Aurora, CO
December 24, 2018

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.

Andy H. Littleton, CO

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