Pine Tree Hospice volunteers offer comfort through the journey
Messages for Volunteers
and Volunteer Updates from Betsy,
of Volunteers and
Updated June 24
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Dear Pine Tree Hospice Volunteers,
I'm writing to share some exciting news with all of you.
Back in late April a faculty member in the University of Maine’s School of
Social Work approached us about hosting a student intern from the MSW program.
After spending several weeks discussing this possibility with the PTH staff and
Executive Committee, meeting with the intern candidate, and reviewing the
associated paperwork, we decided to go forward with this unique opportunity. Roy
Ulrickson joined us last week and will work with us until December as an unpaid
graduate student intern. He'll focus in particular on our bereavement programs,
and his work will include program development and event planning.
Once Roy has settled in a bit we'll be in touch with further details about his
internship and plans for an official "meet and greet" event. In the meantime,
please join us in welcoming Roy to Pine Tree Hospice!
Quoted from the book for hospice volunteers entitled When Autumn Comes
by Mary Jo Bennett
"A hospice volunteer is a humble creature, having no professional status among
hospice colleagues. However, since volunteers are not encumbered by an array of
specialized tasks to complete during the course of a visit, perhaps this
open-ended identity and flexibility, coupled with extended time periods spent
with the patient, help lay the foundation for companionship.
"What I have learned over the years in sitting with the dying is that it is never
too late to begin a friendship. The blessings from such a newly formed
friendship run both ways. For the person who is dying, it can be especially
healing and validating to have a companion with whom there is no previous
history or baggage. The volunteer is able to accept the individual
unconditionally, wherever he or she is right now.
"From this vantage point, the volunteer may be better able to fully attend to the
patient and his dying process than family or close friends, whose focus may be
divided between the patient's needs and their own issues of grief. Perhaps
volunteers provide not only respite for the caregivers but respite for the
patient- time away from his inner circle of caregivers, family and friends and
the challenging dynamics that can permeate these relationships."
Spring has finally sprung, and it's time to bring some much-needed color and
greenery to the garden beds at Pine Tree Hospice. To help get us started, Bob’s
Farm Home & Garden in Dover-Foxcroft has donated 2 bags of compost to begin
sprucing them up. If you are interested in lending your hands and muscle to some
garden work (pulling up old plants, edging beds, planting and mulching) let me
know. And if you'd prefer to assist in non-physical ways, we'd love it if you'd
consider donating a plant or two. Read on...
Dividing perennials? We'll happily accept divisions of hardy species like
daylilies, hosta, iris, rudbeckia, and yarrow. Hardy herbs, too, like chives or
catmint, would do well here.
Putting in annuals and have a few left over? We'll take them! One of our
existing beds (under the Pine Tree sign) gets a lot of sun and is well-drained.
The other bed (the shallow raised bed by our entry ramp) is shadier and will
tend towards dry soil. Pansies, lobelia, impatiens, and alyssum would do well
We're also pondering the possibilities for a few hanging baskets along the
entryway ramp and porch. The biggest challenge here is with watering during dry,
hot weekends. If you have ideas for plants that would weather some spells of
dryness and tolerate the partial shade of the location let me know. I also know
there are special "self-watering" planters out there; if you've had any
experience with them, feel free to weigh in with an opinion.
If you have plants you would like to donate to PTH please let me know by calling
the office 564-4346 or emailing us at
that we can arrange a drop-off or pick-up time.