As funeral directors and end-of-life caregivers, we all realize what a sacred time this is for surviving family members. The process of “leave-taking” is an extremely important and tender moment—when loved ones say their final goodbyes to the body of their loved one, and we have only ONE opportunity to do this well.
During this sacred transition, our actions are always:
These “sacred transitions” can take place in a hospice care center, hospital, home or other setting. Wherever it takes place, our staff members are always neatly and respectfully attired. We introduce ourselves to family and/or friends if they are present, and we assess the readiness of those present for this movement to occur. If the deceased person is at home, we check for the safest and most dignified route to take, ensuring that this is also satisfactory to the survivors.
If family members or friends are present, we ask if they want to remain present or leave the room as we transfer their loved one. We then place a pillow with a fresh pillowcase under the deceased person’s head and gently wrap the body in a fresh sheet before moving it to the stretcher. Unless we are requested to do so, we do not cover the face. We then cover the sheet with a specially designed, beautiful quilt, rather than the sterile plastic that many funeral providers use.
Once we reach the front door of the home, hospice care center or other facility, it is important that we stop and offer those present as much time as they need to say another goodbye. This is not a time to rush. As far as we are concerned, this sacred transition is a powerful responsibility. Finally, we leave a fresh rose behind with a card that expresses our intent to care for this person as we would a member of our own family.
This “sacred transition” is just one more advantage to our relentless pursuit of excellence. Don’t allow a substandard funeral provider to handle this significant moment. Refer your families to Horan & McConaty for the most respectful, dignified and compassionate care.
As one of the funeral homes in the area, Horan & McConaty is a one-of-a-kind funeral and cremation provider. We specialize in providing first-class services and compassionate care to Denver area families. With more than 120 years of experience, we offer state-of-the-art facilities, a kind, professional staff and unsurpassed attention to detail.