I have been a Denver resident for more than 40 years, having moved here when my father, Stephen J. Cohen, took over Feldman Mortuary from my grandfather, Aaron Cohen. I'm proud to continue the heritage of deep respect for Jewish funeral customs and traditions that have always been at the core of our organization. I'm equally proud of my long history of participation in the Denver and Jewish communities, including serving as President of Emanuel Congregation, Denver’s largest Reform synagogue. I also have served as a member of the endowment committee of the Allied Jewish Federation, chair of the Steinberg Leadership Institute of the Anti-Defamation League, board member of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, chair of the Jewish Senior Recreation Network and numerous other community organizations.
I received a B.A from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. I have been recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Funeral Director since 1995.
Being in this business forces me, on a daily basis, to appreciate and value the love and joy of my family!
Born in Denver, I entered my father’s funeral services business immediately after graduating from the University of Colorado in 1966. I moved to St. Louis in 1968 and returned to Denver to take over Feldman Mortuary in 1980, after my father Aaron became too ill to continue working. I served as president of Feldman Mortuary for more than 20 years.
My involvement in Denver's Jewish community has included: Jewish Family Service, where I was recognized with the Business Leader of the Year award, as well as with Jewish Community Center, Emanuel Congregation, Allied Jewish Federation, and numerous other volunteer activities within the broader Denver-area community.
I moved to Colorado in 1972 after serving my country in the armed services. I graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a degree in Business. Some clergy friends, with whom I had worked closely as a Youth Director earlier in my life suggested the funeral profession to me. They thought I had the “it” to be in this business.
What I've learned is that, even though it is a business, this profession is also one that provides a genuine service to families in need. It fulfills me and I believe it’s what I was meant for.
My wife Diane and I have four children spread across the country and many grandchildren to visit as often as possible. I am an avid golfer and racquetball player, anything to keep me active.
I first worked at a funeral home in La Junta, CO, where my cousin was the owner, and where my first case was a young man who died in a car accident. At the burial, his grieving mother hugged us and thanked us for letting her see and say good-bye to her only son. I knew then and there this is what I wanted to do.
I joined Feldman Mortuary in 2005. These many years later, I’m still committed to providing care and respect according to people’s funeral traditions. I have helped members across our community, as well as members of my own family, during some of the most difficult times in their lives. I am proud to be a Funeral Director and Embalmer, knowing I give comfort to families by reassuring them that their loved one is respectfully cared for.
I’m also a 1995 graduate of the Colorado Springs Firefighter Candidate Program, did my internship at Johnson-Romero Funeral Home in La Junta, Colorado and then spent two years at Romero Funeral Home in Denver.
People ask me how I came to choose the funeral profession—and I find it difficult to answer—it was just meant to be. Once I discovered my calling, I enrolled in school and spent three years pursuing a mortuary science degree. I graduated with a 4.0 in the fall of 2017 and passed my National Board Exams shortly thereafter.
Feldman Mortuary was a natural choice for me because it isn’t sales driven—it’s family-oriented and and truly involved in the community. People are my passion and I take immense pride in caring for my fellow humans here in Denver, especially during some of their darkest times in life.
When not working, I enjoy cuddling my two love-inspiring dogs, appreciating art of all kinds, singing, reading, eating chocolate, and discussing the mysteries of life with my chosen family.
People ask why I would want to work in such a “depressing” business. I tell them, it’s not depressing. It’s a gift. I truly believe it is a gift to help the families Feldman’s serves to carry their pain, if only for a short time. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to help people through some of their most difficult days.
In my role, I work hard to help people put funeral plans in place long before they need them, when they can make educated decisions unclouded by grief. Once the funeral pre-planning is done, people often lean back in their chairs, take a deep breath, and say, “That was so much easier than I expected.” As a Denver native, I have long and deep connections to Feldman Mortuary and the Cohen family. When my grandparents, Joe and Emma Naiman died, the Cohens and Feldman’s staff guided my family with kindness, caring and compassion.
I am on the board of Jewish Family Service, Kavod Senior Living, and the Jewish Community Relations Council. My husband, Jon, and I have two amazing sons, Alec and Danny. We love to hike, see movies, and play games.
Talking About Death Won't Kill You | Jamie Sarche | ICCFA DEAD Talks
Breaking down the taboos about death | Jamie Sarche | TEDxCrestmoorParkWomen
Death Rituals: Creating Jewish Life | Jamie Sarche | ELI Talks
I was given the opportunity to become the Director of Community Outreach at Feldman in 2017, a position that gives me the opportunity to build relationships through education and the empathy that comes from my own personal experience with loss.
In January 2015 we lost our 17-year-old son, PJ, to suicide. Being a parent surviving child loss helps me to be absolutely present with people in the wake of their sorrow. And it is truly an honor to walk with people as they find their way through grief. I help foster relationships as well between hospital staff, hospices, retirement communities and nursing homes, engaging with healthcare professionals and caregivers to provide education in Jewish traditions and rituals at the time of death, as well as facilitating open discussions about grief and loss, and practicing self-care.
Not quite a native of Colorado, I’ve lived here for 43 years. My husband Steve and I live in southeast Denver. We are very proud parents of our daughter, Gabrielle, a graduate of CSU and our son PJ, who forever lives in our hearts.
Dubarry, Comfort Specialist
Sometimes, you just need a dog to pet. As the resident therapy dog, Dubarry has a natural ability to know when a person is emotionally distressed and needing comfort. Friendly and sweet, Dubarry’s gentle companionship is a welcome comfort during funeral planning and bereavement. Instinctually Dubarry senses when he is needed and will do all he can to make you feel better.
Dubarry was trained as a comfort specialist at Canine Companions for Independence and adopted by Feldman Mortuary, Director of Pre-planning Jamie Sarche to provide comfort to our families.
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"I am aware that you, yesterday, allowed me far more time with you than was necessary for us to conduct “business”, for which I am most grateful. Clearly, I needed “hand-holding”, far more than I had anticipated that I might.
I feel very comforted by having made funeral arrangements with Feldman Mortuary, through you, and I truly intend to share that feeling with others, as opportunity arises.
I will continue to be grateful for your “hand-holding” and “business” assistance, of yesterday.
- Jane C. P.
The death of a loved one is among the most difficult circumstances any of us will face. We’re here to help you through this challenging time. With compassion and deep experience, we’ll help you make informed choices and guide you through the many details of preparing for a funeral service or celebration of life.
If a death has occurred, call us at (303) 322-7764, anytime, day or night. For preplanning and other longer-term needs, use our contact form and we’ll get back to you quickly during regular business hours.