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New “A Round with Agrace” Golf Outing to Benefit Sauk County Patients and Families Facing Serious Illness

On July 19, Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care will host an exciting, new golf event at Trappers Turn Golf Club. Proceeds will support Agrace’s nonprofit mission of compassionate care, including a program that provides free or discounted services to patients in Sauk County who cannot afford quality end-of-life care.

This fun summer getaway day in the Dells includes great food, games, prizes and 18 holes of golf on an award-winning course. Check-in opens at 9:30 a.m. on July 19, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. A variety of sponsorship and group golf packages are available. The individual golfer price of just $175 includes a box lunch, drink ticket, 18 holes of golf with cart and entry to the post-golf appetizer reception. The event also features:

  • Generous gift packages for every foursome—many of which include gift certificates for foursomes at other area courses
  • Prizes for first-, second- and third-place foursomes
  • The chance to win a motorcycle on a hole-in-one, courtesy of Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson

Guests will share the day with generous community supporters, including Construction Business Group, Cost Cutters, Culver’s, Foremost Farms, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells, Jack’s Tap, Johnson Bank, Our House, Retirement Specialists, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, and more!

Event sponsorships and registration fees from A Round with Agrace help Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care cover the cost of providing free or discounted care to local patients facing the challenges of serious illness. This often includes people whose insurance doesn’t adequately cover their care, those who are too young to have Medicare, and those whose lengthy or expensive medical treatment has left them without a cure—and with no way to pay for end-of-life care.

Registration for A Round with Agrace is open at www.agrace.org/events. For more information about sponsoring this event, contact Lindsay Huebner at (608) 327-7239 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 23 Agrace Volunteer Fair Lets Public Explore Opportunities for Hospice, Thrift Store Volunteering

In just a few hours a week, a person with time to share can bring joy into the life of another—whether by visiting a person who’s on hospice care or by helping customers at the Agrace Thrift Store. There are dozens of easy ways to support our community’s nonprofit hospice and come away feeling that you have gained more than you have given.

That’s the message Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care invites the community to hear at a volunteer information fair Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Agrace Thrift Store–East, 2402 E. Springs Drive, Madison. Staff and current volunteers will be on hand to talk about opportunities for adults to volunteer with Agrace’s hospice program or at its two Madison-area thrift stores.

In 2015, hundreds of trained volunteers donated nearly 77,000 hours in support of Agrace’s mission of compassionate care. Many helped raise funds by working in the Agrace thrift stores, while others provided companionship for patients, caregiver relief, or were simply a caring presence for patients and families in their homes.

Agrace needs additional volunteers now. The most immediate needs for volunteers to fill these roles on the Madison’s East Side and the adjacent suburbs:

  • Help prepare donations for sale and run the cash register at the Agrace Thrift Store on East Springs Drive, Madison (near East Towne Mall)
  • Visit patients living on the East Side or in Sun Prairie to provide companionship, help caregivers run errands and assist with basic housekeeping
  • Provide specialized services, such as therapy dog visits or licensed cosmetology services, or assist patients with music and art

Prospective volunteers who cannot attend the volunteer fair can contact Agrace’s Volunteer Services Team at (608) 327-7163 or visit agrace.org/volunteer.

Veterans Honored at Wyocena Memorial Day Celebration

A huge thanks to Log Cabin Family Restaurant in Baraboo for donating the delicious apple, blueberry & cherry pies for the Memorial Day Celebration Agrace sponsored at Columbia Health Care Center in Wyocena. Thanks also to Agrace's David Knoche for serving up the pie!

Photo as published in the Portage Daily Register.

Veterans Honored

Agrace Hospice Care Getting Groundskeeping Help from Goats

As reported by Hannah Flood on NBC15

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Agrace Hospice Care is getting help from a group of goats who are cleaning up their unwanted plant overgrowth.

 

This is the second year Agrace has hired the goats to come in and clean up their brush. They say it only costs about $3 a day and allows them to get rid of unwanted plants without the use of chemicals.

The Green Goats is a service based out of Kenosha and Green County Wisconsin. Depending on how much land the goats are hired to clear, you can rent their services for days at a time.

The goats clear out unwanted species like honeysuckle and buckthorn. After three or four years of repeat grazing the goats can eliminate up to 95% of these invasive plants.

This year, Agrace is raising money with the help of their lawn care management goats. All of the goats cleaning up Agrace this week are young and unnamed. With a $50 donation to Agrace you can name a goat and get more information about them.

Administrators at Agrace Hospice Care say it's a fun way for them to get the yard work done and their patients and their families enjoy watching them work.

Local businesses partner to help grieving children

As reported by Jason Busch in In Business Magazine

When a loved one dies, a lot of attention naturally goes toward that individual — honoring their life and ensuring their end-of-life intentions are fulfilled.

Survivors can become an afterthought, especially children who might seem like they’re okay but only because they haven’t yet learned how to understand and properly cope with death.

Grieving Activity BookA new resource is now being made available locally to children who are grieving and learning to cope with the loss of a loved one through a partnership between National Guardian Life Insurance Company (NGL) and Thysse Printing Service. Through their collaboration, Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care received 500 copies of When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book created by the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

According to Maria Lubick, corporate communications specialist for NGL, the National Alliance for Grieving Children collaborated with grief experts, grief centers, and children’s hospitals to gather ideas and/or activities to create the book, which is designed to provide a space where children can remember their loved one who died, identify their own strengths, and connect with their caregiver about grief.

“The activity book provides children and their caregivers with opportunities to interact in positive, healthy ways, while still acknowledging their grief and how to cope with the changes after the loss of someone they love,” says Lubick. “It is an activity book that children can work on alone or with their caregivers. Each activity has suggestions for the caregiver on how they can help children who are grieving. Each child has their own way to cope with grief, so every activity will impact children differently.”

The activity book is filled with pages for bereaved children to draw pictures, play games, and map their feelings. It is designed to guide them as they remember their loved one, learn about the concept of loss and grief, and realize that it’s okay to be happy again.

“My father passed away when I was 12 years old,” notes JJ Giese, sales and marketing at Thysse Printing. “I still vividly remember a lot of downtime while my mother sorted out important details and my brother and I wondered what would happen next. While this activity book will initially help by passing awkward minutes, coping with a myriad of emotions, and working bravely toward a new normal, I expect a high percentage will be maintained as keepsakes.”

The book is divided into five sections:

  • Understanding death and remembering with ritual
  • What is grief like?
  • My support … how I cope with grief
  • Grief at school and with friends
  • Special days and remembering my special person

Lubick says some of the activities including in the book are:

  • Favorite things — This activity allows children to write down their favorite activities and the favorite activities of the person who died. It helps a child identify with person who died, but know that they should still be themselves. It is an opportunity to talk with the child about what makes them unique, and allows the caregiver to plan activities around the child’s favorite things to help develop a strong, trusting relationship.
  • Remembering your person — Memories are a way to stay to connected, but they can also be difficult. On one side of the page the child is asked to draw or list memories that are difficult for them to think about. On the other side of the page the child is asked to draw favorite memories of their person. This activity helps the child remember their best times alongside the unpleasant times — the funeral or watching their person’s illness progress, etc. — and opens the channels of communication between the child and caregiver.
  • A map of grief — This make believe adventure game allows children to follow a map and label their grief in areas, including volcano of anger, sea of tears, great fog of forgetting, island of loneliness, and more. Because children often express their grief through play, they can draw and write on the colorful map to create their own adventure.

“Losing a loved one is difficult at any age,” notes Jill Muenich, vice president of marketing services at NGL. “I can’t imagine how challenging it is for someone who doesn’t fully understand the concept of death. When I learned that more than 300 kids each year have had someone they love at Agrace, I knew this book could greatly benefit them.

“Our company believes in giving back to help people in our community,” Muenich continues. “I’m pleased that NGL could partner with Thysse Printing and that our efforts will make a difference during a difficult time in a child’s life.”

Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care has already started utilizing the children’s activity books to encourage discussion after the loss of a loved one. The activity books will be used in all of Agrace’s service areas — now 11 counties in southern Wisconsin.

“In addition to providing hospice and palliative care to patients, Agrace also provides free grief support to anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one,” explains Cheri Milton, community grief support specialist at Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care. “This support is free and available to any community member whether or not the deceased was an Agrace patient. This child/parent grief workbook is an excellent resource and will be helpful to many. We are so thankful to NGL and Thysse Printing for their generous donation that enables us to offer this resource to those in need.”

In conjunction to offsetting half of the cost for printing the books, NGL donated $2,500 to National Alliance for Grieving Children to produce copies of the book. Resources and educational opportunities are available through the National Alliance for Grieving Children for anyone who is supporting grieving children and teens.

Organizations interested in learning more about the activity book or how they can print copies can go to National Alliance for Grieving Children at ChildrenGrieve.org or contact CEO Andy McNiel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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