August 16, 2016
Lunch & Learn Fall Series Provides Support for Adults Living With Grief
Pine Tree Hospice’s Lunch & Learn program provides a monthly support group open to any community member who is experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one, whether recently or in the past. The Lunch & Learn Support Group meets at the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Each month PTH volunteers serve a free nourishing lunch to attendees and a guest speaker delivers an informative presentation. The fall 2016 Lunch & Learn schedule is as follows:
September 13 Seniority Program with Lil Smith, Mayo Regional Hospital
October 11 Chair Yoga with Becky Feaser, Color of Life
November 8 Funeral Options with Ethan Annis, Lary Funeral Home
December 13 Grief Through the Holidays with Rev. Ray Beless.
Please consider attending one or more of these lunchtime sessions. To register for the Lunch & Learn groups, please call 564-4346 or email wecare
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August 16, 2016
Sound Bites: A Music and Dessert Experience
The 5th annual Sound Bites will take place on Saturday, September 17th
at 7 P.M. at Foxcroft Academy. This yearly fundraising event benefits
Pine Tree Hospice, our community’s volunteer hospice. Come relax in a
lovely café atmosphere where you can enjoy friends, beautiful music, and
delicious desserts created by local bakers. Live music, beautiful
decorations, and a lavish dessert buffet are the trademark features of
Sound Bites. This year’s musical entertainment will be provided by the
Doughty Hill Band and The Memphis Belles. Additionally, Isleen Halvorsen
will play her exquisite harp music pre-show and during intermission.
Come join us for this spectacular evening. Tickets may be purchased in
advance at $15 each or you may sponsor a table of eight for $100.
Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information call
564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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August 15, 2016
The Surprising Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering has been a part of the American landscape from the very start. From Ben Franklin’s starting the first volunteer fire department in 1736 to the launching of the American Red Cross in 1881, Americans have always placed value on the idea of helping the disadvantaged or the suffering through charitable volunteerism. Today, one in four Americans serves as a volunteer.
Not only does volunteering benefit communities, but it also benefits the volunteer. Here are some of the many benefits of being a volunteer:
-It connects you to others. Volunteers often build friendships, increasing their social and relationship skills.
Volunteering is good for your mind and body. Volunteering usually involves healthy physical activity. It also stimulates your brain as you think of creative ways to help others.
- It combats depression by putting our focus on others rather than ourselves.
-It increases self-confidence and gives a sense of purpose.
Volunteer support has been an integral part of Pine Tree Hospice’s services for 30 years. The need for direct care volunteers who are willing to provide companionship, to serve clients and their families in a variety of ways, and to be a caring presence in their lives has never been greater. Hospice volunteers soon realize how much just a little of their time is worth to the individuals and families they support. Volunteers have the freedom to choose how and when they provide services.
Please consider joining our supportive team of volunteers today! Our next training begins on September 8th (all trainings are scheduled on weeknights or Saturdays). Is now the time for you to become a volunteer?
To register for the trainings, please call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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August 4, 2016
Nights of Service Open House
A death in the family affects every member from the oldest to the
youngest. A child’s grief may be expressed in ways that are different
from an adult’s. Nights of Service is Pine Tree Hospice’s bereavement
program for children, teens, and their families who are experiencing
grief. It provides a safe place to share experiences of grief with
others who are also in the process of working through their grief and
For many bereaved children and adults walking into a support group can
be scary, especially if they do not know what to expect. Pine Tree
Hospice is holding an Open House on Sunday, August 28th from 2:00 – 4:00
p.m. at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in
Dover-Foxcroft. Dropping by the Open House will provide families with an
opportunity to learn about the program format, get questions answered,
and explore some activities used in the groups. You will even have the
opportunity to speak to former participants to hear their feedback on
For more information contact Pine Tree Hospice by calling 564-4346 or
e-mailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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May 15, 2016
Dementia Care Workshop Offers Help and Hope
Kathryn Pears of Dementia Care Strategies
On June 28th, Pine Tree Hospice is hosting a Dementia Care Workshop from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Kathryn Pears, Founder of Dementia Care Strategies, will be the speaker. Kathryn has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management and an Executive Certificate in Healthcare Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. Following a 15 year career with the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, she started her own company, Dementia Care Strategies. Kathryn trains and consults with families, health and long-term care professionals and facilities, and aging and disability community agencies on the non-pharmacologic management of the challenging behaviors that occur with dementia. Kathryn also has personal experience, her own father being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 58.
The workshop will cover topics such as: what dementia is…and isn’t, what
to expect in each stage, medication, understanding what triggers
behavior, creating a supportive physical environment, why people with
dementia don’t see the world the same way you do and how that impacts
care. The workshop is open to all personal and professional caregivers
and healthcare workers. There is no charge for attending and lunch and
snacks will be provided. To register, please call 564-4346 or email
wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
This event is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver
series, which is an ongoing program to educate, support, and encourage
area caregivers. Caregivers are individuals who take care of a disabled
person, an older person who has difficulty with daily living, or someone
with chronic illness. They can be paid or unpaid, personal or
professional. Caregiving is a demanding job that often receives little
recognition from society. Pine Tree Hospice recognizes that caregivers
need care! This is an issue that affects one in five Mainers. Another
issue that is affecting many families in Maine is having a family member
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May 3, 2016
Mayo Regional Hospital and Pine Tree Hospice Pair Up for 2016 Golf Open
Ethan Annis prepares for the
2016 Benefit Golf Open
Maine golfers squeeze every bit of time on the golf course from the
calendar year they possibly can. In a good year, that runs between May
and October. For the past few years, Pine Tree Hospice has held an
annual golf fundraiser, giving area golfers the opportunity for a good
day of golf for a worthy cause.
Mayo Regional Hospital is co-sponsoring the 2016 Annual Golf Open to
benefit Pine Tree Hospice at Foxcroft Golf Club on June 11th. Both Mayo
Regional Hospital and Pine Tree Hospice remain committed to supporting
those struggling in our communities. The rain date is June 18th. There
will be an 8:00 A.M. and a 1:00 P.M. shotgun start. The registration fee
is $40 per person with a delicious lunch included. Prizes this year
include Preservation Passes which entitle the winning team to 18 holes
including cart at any ONE of the following clubs: Sunday River Golf
Club, Old Marsh Country Club, Penobscot Valley Country Club, or Bath
Golf Club. Additional prizes are passes to Mt. Kineo Golf Course or
Mingo Springs Golf Course.
Please support your local volunteer hospice by joining us on June 11th
for a great day of golf for a great cause. Call Foxcroft Golf Club at
564-8887 to pre-register. For more information call Pine Tree Hospice at
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April 12, 2016
22nd Annual Pine Tree Hospice Variety Show
Rebeclyn Parker, one of the many
talented performers taking part
in this year’s Variety Show
On Friday, April 29th at 7:00 P.M. at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft, the curtain will rise on Pine Tree Hospice’s 22nd Annual Variety Show. Tickets are available by donation in advance at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft or at the door on the night of the Variety Show.
Lobby music will be performed by Sam Brown, Toby Hall, and Mike Kagan. Reverend Chad Poland will be the Master of Ceremonies. Local business sponsors will be highlighted during the always entertaining “Parade of Sponsors”. The program will showcase vocal and instrumental music and dance among other acts performed by local talent of all ages. Refreshments will be available by donation before the show and during intermission, prepared by Tri-County Technical Center Culinary Arts students.The annual quilt raffle drawing will take place after intermission.
The Variety Show is Pine Tree Hospice’s major fundraiser for the year. Please come out and support these talented performers while enjoying an evening’s entertainment for a great cause.