Messages for Volunteers

Messages
and Volunteer Updates from Betsy,
our Coordinator
of Volunteers and Client Services
Updated June 24
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June 24

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!

Betsy
June 14

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."
May 2013

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 here.

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 send mail to wecare@pinetreehospice.org
so that we can arrange a drop-off or pick-up time.