Funeral Advice

Free Funeral or Memorial Service Advice

Rev. Christopher Mohr, Minister
Free Tips, Green Funerals, Support Groups and More

91DSCN4328If you are experiencing the loss of a loved one and are looking for help in creating a dignified, budget funeral or memorial service, Chris Mohr can help you as a minister, MC or officiant to create a simple, memorable euology and service with a military burial, direct cremation, traditional chapel funeral ceremony or even an outdoor mountain memorial service. Our services are tastefully designed. They weave in your inspiring or humorous stories with your deepest sentiments about your loved one with optional nondenominational prayers, readings, and a service which respects your beliefs and inspires everyone in attendance. Each service is unique, because each person’s life journey is unique. We work with a funeral director who can make funeral, burial or cremation arrangements at an affordable price.

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“Thanks for your inspiring words. I laughed and cried, and I never realized all the other things Phil had done in his life. He was even more amazing than I realized.”      -Janet

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Here are a few tips to help make this difficult time a little easier:

1.) Get help. If you don’t have a minister, priest or rabbi, the ministers at Foothills Chapel can help you make your service a true expression of your love for your departed family member, spouse or friend. Ask a neighbor, family member or close friend to come with you to ask questions.

2.) Delegate the work: Don’t take on all the planning yourself. Ask siblings, close friends and neighbors to take on certain tasks like bringing snacks or drinks for after the service, printing up things, organizing a poster with photos, etc.

3.) You can get free 24 hour help from hospices, and they can also refer you to grief support groups.

4.) Decide on the kind of funeral or memorial service you want to have. Don’t let people pressure you into a service that does not reflect your values. You can scatter ashes in a mountain setting, have a direct cremation with a memorial service at home, or rent Foothills Chapel for a church setting for the service you want to have.

5.) Do have a minister or officiant help organize and emcee your memorial service, wherever you choose to hold it. You may plan to deliver a eulogy, and it is reassuring to know someone is there to read it for you if necessary. A nondenominational minister can also organize the various elements of the memorial service to make sure it flows smoothly and doesn’t last too long.

6.) Ask questions of your minister and funeral director. Whatever’s bothering you, be it cost, what will be said in the funeral, whether to have the loved one’s cremains in an urn at the service, an open casket or closed-casket service, ask, ask and ask some more. It’s amazing how much stress can be reduced after all of your practical concerns are answered.

7.) Contain costs: The average funeral costs $10,000, but people are having memorial services for a fraction of that amount, often saving thousands of dollars.

8.) Have some kind of memorial service. Whether you are religious person or not, the loss of a loved one creates a deep need for people to come together. The support that people can give you is enormous. It creates deepening bonds among family and friends. Old friends “come out of the woodwork” and everyone learns something new about the deceased. It is a profoundly enriching experience for everyone, often to people’s great surprise.

9.) Get support! Here are some bereavement services:

Agape Hospice Services

6041 South Syracuse Way, Suite 220
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
720-482-1988
www.agape-hospice.com

Grief support available by calling Judith Wimpee.

Centura Health at Home

(Incorporating St. Anthony Hospice and Porter Hospice)
1391 Speer Boulevard – Suite 600
Denver, CO 80204
303-561-5000
www.centurahealthathome.org

Grief support groups; information and referrals; retreats; monthly community education programs open to the community. Contact: Andrea Helsel, Volunteer Coordinator

The Denver Hospice

501 S. Cherry Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80246 303-321-2828
www.thedenverhospice.org

The Denver Hospice (formerly Hospice of Metro Denver) offers a variety of support groups to bereaved adults, adolescents and children. Daytime and evening series available.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care

6455 S. Yosemite Street 6th Floor
Englewood, CO 80111 303-872-9952

Full bereavement program: one-on-one, groups, etc.

Exempla Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center

3210 Lutheran Parkway
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
303-425-8000
www.exempla.org

Provides grief support groups following death loss; grief education series for adults. Daytime and evening series available to the community. Dragonfly Program – grief support for young people.

Heartland Hospice Services

Bereavement Support Group

Broomfield Senior Center
280 Lamar
Broomfield, CO 80020
303-926-1001
www.heartlandhospice.com

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday of month at 10:30am

Provides individual and group support for members of the community who have experienced the death of a loved one. Daytime and evening groups available. Contact Sally Carey.

HeartLight Center

11150 E. Dartmouth Avenue
Aurora, CO 80014
720-748-9908
www.heartlightcenter.org

Programs and support for individuals and professionals addressing a wide range of topics. Resource library and referral to area support groups. Check website or call for latest programs.

Heartbeat/SPIN (Suicide Prevention Intervention Network)

7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
303-770-1859
bobandjanb@q.com
www.spinheartbeat.com

Contact Jan & Bob Burnside. Meets in conference rooms 3&4 every second Thursday from 7-9pm at:

Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122

North Metro Heartbeat Support Group

Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
8300 W. 38th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Contact: Katie Ford, MA, LPC- facilitator
303-755-2679
kford@idcomm.com

Ken Wiig- co-facilitator Group meets 1st Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm in 2nd floor cafeteria conference room.

Hospice at Home (VNA)

Bereavement Group
390 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
303-698-2121

Provides community grief support to all ages. Contact Chaplain Robert Crump-Bertram.

Hospice of Saint John

1320 Everett Court
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-232-7900
www.hospiceofsaintjohn.org

Provides a variety of support groups for bereavement. Groups are open to the community.

Judi’s House

1741 Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80206
720-941-0331
www.judishouse.org

Facilitated support groups for children ages 3 to 18 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Groups meet every other week for one to two hours. Parents and caretakers also have the option to meet in a facilitated support group to share feelings and receive ideas for helping their children.

Littleton Adventist Hospital Grief Support

7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
303-730-5884

Provides community grief support for adults. Group meets at Littleton United Methodist Church (5894 S. Datura Street, Littleton, CO 80120) from 7-8:30pm. Call Lewis Root at 303-791-6287 for details.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

444 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203
303-425-5902
www.madd.org/co

Trained victim advocates, guidance through the judicial process, civil attorney referrals, support groups and memorial programs.

Mt. Evans Hospice

3081 Bergen Peak Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
303-674-6400
www.mtevans.org

Provides individual and group support for those experiencing loss through death.

Namaste Hospice Care Group

1633 Fillmore Street Suite 300
Denver, CO 80206
303-860-9915
namaste@namastehospice.com

Individual, family and group counseling as well as pastoral support, community memorial services, ritual development workshops, seasonally appropriate programming and intensive weekend retreats.

Rafael Spiritual Healing Services (Jewish Family Service)

3201 S. Tamarac Dr. Suite 240
Denver, CO 80231
303-597-5000 x392

Offers spiritual counseling & an 8 week Jewish spiritual bereavement support group. Groups provide spiritual & psychological support and foster connection with self, faith and community by integrating Jewish traditions and rituals. Registration required.

Contact Arleen Gershen, Director agershen@jewishfamilyservice.org

Rainbows for All God’s Children, Inc.

2100 Golf Road Suite 370
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
1-800-266-3206 Jennifer Harris at ext. 18.

Weekly peer support for children/adolescents for single-parent families following divorce or parental death. Various metro Denver locations. Please call the 800 number and Rainbows will find the closest group to where you are located.

Senior Hub

2360 West 90th Avenue
Federal Heights, CO 80260
303-426-4408
www.seniorhub.org

Senior Solutions provides information and assistance to bereavement support groups for senior citizens in Adams County. Other programs are available.

Society of Military Widows

Denver Metro Area Chapter 22
303-745-5830
www.militarywidows.org

Monthly daytime meetings. Support and friendship group.

VistaCare Hospice

4350 Wadsworth Blvd.
Suite 250
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
303-639-9243

Please call Ken Atherton for information.

Widowed Persons Service of Denver (AARP)

3006 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
303-333-3482

Contact Eileen Doherty www.senioranswers.org WPS recognizes the need to provide information to seniors on a wide variety of topics. Numerous helpful services are offered to all senior persons at no charge by trained volunteers.

Contact Foothills Chapel at 303-279-2152 (info@foothillschapel.com) or Foothills Cremation and Funeral Service at 303-279-1110 (www.foothillsfuneral.com): contact us in person or make online arrangements for more information about a budget funeral or memorial service.

What is a Green Burial?

Simple and natural. Green burial, or natural burial, ensure the burial site remains as natural as possible in all respects. Interment of the bodies is done in a bio-degradable casket, shroud, or a favorite blanket. No embalming fluid, no concrete vaults. For more information, visit http://www.greenburials.org

“We would like to thank you for the wonderful service and the thoughtful words you had to say to us…”   – Ron