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Lean on us with Alive Hospice’s spring 2014 grief support groups

grief logoSupport is available for adults and children who are grieving the losses of loved ones. Alive Hospice’s spring 2014 grief support groups will begin meeting in March in Nashville, Madison,  Murfreesboro and Brentwood.

Registration is required and continues through March 10 or until the groups are full. To register, call the phone numbers listed below. There is a cost of $40 for each group, but this fee may be waived due to financial need.

Nashville support groups:

Loss of Spouse: Two eight-week support groups for loss of spouse are offered in Nashville, one on Monday mornings (10 to 11:30 a.m.) and the other on Monday evenings (5:30 to 7 p.m.). Call 615-963-4732 to register.

Loss of Parent, Sibling or Other Loved One (for adults): This eight-week support group will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 615-963-4732 to register.

Parents’ Loss of Children: This ongoing support group meets every other Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 615-346-8364 to register.

Madison support group:

Loss of Parent, Spouse, Sibling or Other Loved One (for adults): This eight-week support group will meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 615-346-8637 to register.

Murfreesboro support group:

Loss of Parent, Spouse, Sibling or Other Loved One (for adults): This eight-week support group will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 615-346-8680 to register.

Brentwood support group:

Loss of Parent, Spouse, Sibling or Other Loved One (for adults): This eight-week support group will meet on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 615-963-4732 to register.

Additionally, Alive Hospice offers Same-Sex Loss of Partner grief support groups. Call 615-346-8364 for more information.

Alive Hospice’s grief support groups and individual counseling services are available to anyone who has experienced a loss, regardless of whether a loved one was served by Alive Hospice. Call 615-963-4732 or click here for more information about these services.


Every fourth Thursday of the month, a group of Alive Hospice volunteers gets together to help with our Alive Grief Support mailings. We send out a monthly mailing full of tips, encouragement and info about our grief support offerings for those who have lost loved ones, and we couldn’t do it without our volunteers!

willieWhen they gathered in February, we had a little something up our sleeves. Ms. Willie Wolff was turning 95 years old, and as she sat stuffing envelopes, in walked our president and CEO and our director of volunteer services with a cake and flowers.

We’ll never forget the look on Willie’s face as they sang “Happy Birthday”!

“I know we’re a little early!” one person said. Her birthday wasn’t for another week, making it the perfect surprise.

We asked her to share a few words about life and living, and here’s what she said:

“Look outward, not inward.”¬†

Spoken like a true Alive Hospice volunteer.

Happy birthday, Willie! We love you, and we thank you for letting us be part of your life!

PREVIEW: Bluebird in the Boro

WKRN News 2 previews the upcoming Bluebird in the Boro: A Benefit for Alive Hospice! This inaugural event will bring the Bluebird Cafe experience to Murfreesboro, and for a wonderful cause. Proceeds will benefit Alive Hospice’s pediatric hospice program. Get tickets at!

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GALLERY: 2014 Alive At The Bluebird

Photo highlights from the 2014 Alive At The Bluebird concert series! More than 90 artists have been part of this year’s concert series benefiting Alive Hospice including Amy Grant, Sheryl Crow, Kristian Bush, John Oates, Larry Gatlin, Kim Carnes, Lionel Cartwright and many more.

Lunch and Learn Series: Advance Care Planning and Estate Planning (Feb. 28)

lunch and learnIf you’ve ever wanted a great overview of advance care planning AND estate planning, you won’t want to miss our next Lunch and Learn Series program in February!


  • Keith King, Alive Hospice community outreach coordinator
  • David Callahan, attorney, Callahan Witherington, PLLC

This free program will be held Friday,¬†Feb. 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Alive Hospice’s administrative office, 1718 Patterson St. in Nashville. The program is free, and lunch will be provided. RSVP to Keith King at 615-346-8418 or email

We encourage you to come out and bring a friend!

Alive At The Bluebird is coming back on Jan. 2!


Fans have been seeing a lot of The Bluebird Cafe thanks to the hit drama “Nashville,” but here’s something they haven’t seen on TV: the real-life Bluebird and real-life songwriters coming together to help a real Music City nonprofit: Alive Hospice! (As if that weren’t enough, they’ve been doing it for the last 21 years.)

It’s the Alive At The Bluebird concert series, and they’re doing it again in January 2014. More than 90 artists have signed on for this year’s series, which will help Alive Hospice provide hospice care and grief support services right here in Middle Tennessee.

Alive At The Bluebird, presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company and Tennessee Oncology, kicks off Jan. 2 with featured songwriters Ellen Britton, WT Davidson, Sally Barris and Henry Hipkens (9 p.m., $12). 

The series continues through Feb. 1 (23 shows in all) with artists including Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Kristian Bush, John Oates, Lori McKenna, Scotty Emerick, Larry Gatlin and Kim Carnes, among other Nashville favorites. (See the full calendar of shows labeled “A Benefit for Alive Hospice” and reservation information at

“You can’t beat having the genuine Bluebird Cafe experience and sitting just feet away from songwriters who have given us so many favorite songs. These fantastic artists and The Bluebird give even more by helping Alive Hospice each year,” said Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal. “When fans come out to The Bluebird in January, they’ll not only get an unforgettable evening of music. They’ll be helping people right here in their own community, too, and we hope to see you there for this 21st annual community partnership event.”

“January is always a ‚Äėwarm’ month at The Bluebird, despite the temperatures outside!” said Erika Wollam Nichols, GM of The Bluebird. “The songwriters we work with are all excited about being a part of this event to celebrate and support an organization that has given so much to members of our music community and to the community at large.”

This concert series has raised more than $500,000 over the years thanks to The Bluebird Cafe, sponsors, participating songwriters and fans.

Sponsors of the 2014 Alive At The Bluebird series include Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Tennessee Oncology, Cowan Benefits, Metro Medical Supply, Bass Berry and Sims, Aramark, Humana, Hylant Group, Pinnacle Financial Partners, InfoWorks, Avenue Bank, Adex! Homesellers, Blue Dog Merch, Chelsea Arts, Frantz Building Services, Hatcher & Fell Photography, HCA/TriStar, Isle of Printing, Levine Group and Mechanical Resource Group.

Live-tweet transcript: Alive Hospice’s Grief During the Holidays seminar (Nov. 21, 2013)

johnIf you missed Alive Hospice‚Äôs¬†Grief During the Holidays seminar on¬†Nov. 21, don’t worry! We‚Äôre pleased to provide a live-tweet transcript. Click here for highlights from the seminar.

COMING UP: Alive Hospice will offer two more seminars on Dec. 5: one in Nashville, and one in Murfreesboro. Both are free. For more information, call 615-963-4732 or click here.

Celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month with help from Mayor Dean


Pictured: Alive Hospice President and CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal and Board Chair Liz Schatzlein, Mayor Karl Dean, Alive Hospice Co-Founder Dr. David Barton and Mrs. Lynn Barton

November marks 38 years of service for Alive Hospice, and it’s also National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. With this in mind, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has issued a proclamation celebrating hospice care and those who provide it.

Mayor Dean visited Alive Hospice to present the proclamation during an anniversary celebration on Nov. 20. A few words from the mayor:

‚ÄúFor 38 years, Alive Hospice has played a special role in our community and helps make Nashville the giving and caring city that it is,‚ÄĚ Mayor Karl Dean said. ‚ÄúThe service Alive Hospice provides is a vital one, and I congratulate and thank them for the special kind of care that they provide.‚ÄĚ

Thank you, Mayor Dean!

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