Alive Spring 2023 Newsletter

As spring unfolds with new life around us, we’re looking forward to our annual Butterfly Release in just a few weeks. This is a special time for remembering loved ones who have died while finding strength and joy in the love we still have for them.

We’re also preparing for Healthcare Decisions Day in April. We encourage you to talk to your friends and families about hospice care and advance care planning. We have all the resources you need!

Our 30th season of Alive & The Bluebird is underway with great fundraising results, so far, and more shows to come. Read on for the details and more updates, PLUS stories from the community!

Kimberly Goessele, Alive President and CEO


Student fundraiser for hospice patients and familiesHelp Sponsor Belle!

Alive’s youngest supporter, Belle Yeagle, and Harding Academy helped raise nearly $17,000 last week in support of Alive during the school’s annual Jump and Hoop it Up event. Belle’s father was cared for by Alive, and her essay describing the support she and her family received from Alive won the event’s support. If you’d like to give, there’s still time. Donations are being accepted until March 19. Click here to sponsor Belle!


Camp Forget-Me-Not!

Do you know a child or teen (aged 8-17) who has lost a loved one? Apply now for one of the limited spots at our overnight grief camp, Camp Forget-Me-Not taking place August 12-13 at the fabulous YMCA Camp Widjiwagan in Nashville! Traditional camp fun (ziplining, swimming and water slides) is combined with therapeutic activities to remember loved ones and make connections with peers who are also grieving. Teens have their own groups and activities.


Alive Butterfly Release 2023

Two children playing with a butteflyThis year’s Butterfly Release will take place June 10 in Nashville at Green Door Gourmet and will include memorial activities for the whole family. Stay tuned for more details:


Spark Good Round Up with Walmart!

Did you know? For the month of March, when you shop on or the Walmart app, you can support Alive by rounding up your change and donating it in support of our services. Click here to choose Alive as your charity of choice!


Alive hospice patientAlive Patient Leaves Legacy of Love and Song

David Thomas was a patient in our Nashville residence who worked to leave a legacy during his final weeks with us. Read more.


Alive hospice social worker for patientsAlive Social Worker Reunites Family Across Borders to Grant Mom’s Final Wish

One of Amanda Street’s proudest accomplishments as a social worker at Alive has been reuniting a mother and daughter separated by immigration. Read more.


Support for hospice patientsMurfreesboro Expansion Complete

Thank you to all who donated to help us complete the long-planned expansion of our Murfreesboro residence (from ten to sixteen rooms) to better serve the Rutherford County region. Read more.


Alive & The Bluebird

Thanks to The Bluebird Cafe and participating singer/songwriters, our beloved Alive & The Bluebird benefit concert series kicked off its 30th year in January and raised over $200,000 in the first month of shows! We are so grateful to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for details of upcoming events at Green Door Gourmet and Amy Grant’s Farm later this year!

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