In-Home Marriage Brings Solace to Mercyhealth at Home Hospice Patient’s Last Days

It was a bright and sunny Saturday on July 1, 2017, when Troy Lange, 51, was surprised by his daughter, Niki and her fiancé, Brent. They arrived at his home, dressed to the nines. They brought with them Brent’s family from Port Byron Illinois, a local pastor and close family and friends to host an in-home wedding.

Initially, when Troy was diagnosed with lung cancer in April of 2017, the couple decided to rush their wedding, saving a date in early August but Niki’s father, Troy, was admitted into hospice care on June 28, 2017. He wasn’t expected to make it to see their big day just one month later. Lisa Petersen, hospice social worker, who was part of Troy’s care team, wasn’t going to let Troy miss his daughter’s wedding.

According to Lisa Petersen, “I helped them organize their wedding to take place in Troy’s home just a few days after he was admitted to hospice. It turned out beautiful. With the help from the Mercyhealth Development Foundation and Sentry on Court Street, we were able to purchase flowers, cake and breakfast for the family that came to Troy’s home to celebrate the surprise wedding.”

They had very little time to arrange the surprise wedding. Originally, Niki and Brent were happy to be married in private, but with the help of Brent’s family, they were able to find a beautiful yellow dress for Nikki, and dress clothes for Brent and the couple’s children. Lisa also lined up a licensed pastor, Gary Shields to officiate the nuptials.

Troy passed away peacefully in his home in Janesville the following day, July 2, 2017 with Niki and his wife, Brenda, by his side.

We are so thankful to have kind, compassionate staff like Lisa and the Mercyhealth Hospice team who do whatever it takes to create such amazing memories for our patients and their families. This unwavering gesture of kindness is a testament to our passion for making lives better.


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