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Light Up a Life this Holiday Season

Family and friends are the heart of the holiday season. Though we may miss loved ones who have passed away, our Light Up a Life campaign to support patient care at Aspirus Seasons of Life Hospice House provides a way to help us remember and celebrate them. 

Dedicated to quality of life, hospice offers a support system of professional staff and volunteers who assist the patient and their family in meeting their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Hospice care stresses the importance of human needs that go beyond the physical care of the patient. These services affirm life and regard death as a normal process, and while they aren’t designed to add years to a patient’s life, they can provide life and light to their remaining days.

“What we do is part of the continuum of care from birth to death,” said Amy Kitsembel, Bereavement Program Lead with Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. “We want to provide people with the best end of life experience that we can.”

While no one is turned away due to an inability to pay for services, the average cost per day for a patient at Seasons of Life is $250. The Howard Young Foundation has set a year-end special gift initiative goal to raise $100,000 to pay for 400 days of care for  patients at Aspirus Seasons of Life Hospice House, helping them manage pain and symptoms so that their remaining time can be spent in peace and dignity. Hospice services can include grief support for the patient’s family, palliative care, home, hospital, spiritual, emotional and bereavement care as well as massage, music and pet therapy.

To create a special place of remembrance, a beautiful tree will be lit outside of Aspirus Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff for the entire month of December. If you choose to Light up a Life with a gift this holiday season, your name and/or the name of a loved one that you are honoring will be displayed alongside the tree. “This tribute tree gives us something beautiful to look at during the darkest time of the year while celebrating those who have passed,” Amy said.

“We can remember. We can celebrate. We can light a candle and mourn. We can find joy. We can give back. We can go on with our love and with our memories of love.” During this season of giving, please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to Light up a Life and remember a loved one. On behalf of the Howard Young Foundation, we wish you peace and good health this holiday season.

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