National Funeral Directors Appreciation Day

Posted on March 11, 2022 by under Celebration
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Ancient Egyptians were possibly the first society to implement funeral directors – traced back to 3,100 B.C. – designating special priests for the passing of royals. March 11th, National Funeral Director Day, gives us an extra opportunity to honor these noble professionals.

Here at Goes Funeral Care, we are fortunate to have three exceptionally caring professional funeral directors.  It’s our pleasure to introduce you to them:

Funeral Director/Owner
Chris is co-owner of Goes Funeral Care and grew up in his family’s funeral home in southern New Jersey. Wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, he pursued Mortuary School, National Board Certification and Licensure. He worked with his parents for ten years before embarking on a new adventure here in Fort Collins. After a short stint with a local mortuary, he and his wife Stephanie opened Goes Funeral Care in late 1996, creating a funeral care establishment rooted in service and not sales. Chris has been involved in all sorts of community organizations and committees within his church. He thinks it’s important to give back from his own blessings through keeping involved, especially since it helps him remain closer to and stay aware of what is going on so he can help our community.

Funeral Director / General Manager
Rachel was born and raised in Texas and moved to Colorado to attend CSU. In 2007, she went on to work in hospice care, where she found her life’s work, supporting individuals and families through one of the most difficult times in their lives. She returned to school and earned her associate degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College.  Her approach to funeral care comes from her time spent serving people on both sides of their journey through death and dying. In hospice care, she learned not only how important these final moments are, but also the days, weeks and months that follow. She is honored to have found Goes Funeral Care where she works alongside others whose mission aligns with her own.

Funeral Director
Will is a Colorado native who began my journey in the funeral profession in high school while helping the funeral directors with services. After graduating, he attended Arapahoe Community College and received his Associates in Mortuary Science. For Will, funeral directing is a labor of love. His favorite part of the day is being able to help families by giving answers to endless questions – because there are so many unknowns! Death is unavoidable, but still a taboo stage for many families to ever talk about, let alone plan for. Whether families choose to lean on the pillar of their Catholic faith or want a potluck in the park, he is honored to help arrange the moving parts so that families can celebrate their loved ones and start their healing process.


Two of Goes’ Funeral Directors, Chris and Rachel, recorded an interview for the radio show “Faith in Progress” on KRFC, 88.9 FM which aired on March 10, 2022.  It is available through the podcast archive for the show.

Please join us in thanking all Funeral Directors for their compassionate service.

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