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August 6. 2018
Artful Grief Workshop: When Words Are Not Enough

Are you grieving the death of a loved one? Are you or a loved one currently dealing with a terminal illness and experiencing the grief that accompanies it? We invite you to explore an alternative to “talking through grief” in this free two-hour workshop facilitated by trained volunteers. No artistic skills are required! Participants will have an opportunity to express and process their grief experience through various artful activities such as collage. This artful grief workshop is open to both individuals and families, ages 6 to 106.

Sometimes words cannot adequately express one’s grief. Some bereaved individuals would rather not talk about their losses. Allowing grief to express itself through creative processes can be very helpful and fulfilling; it doesn’t require one to talk and share their grief verbally in a group.

The workshop is being held on Saturday, August 25, from 9:00 to11:00 a.m. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Space is limited. Participants need to pre-register by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 by August 20.
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June 4, 2018
Pine Tree Hospice and Beacon Hospice offer a Free One-Day Training on Caring for the Person with Dementia

As part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver series, Peter Baker, LMSW, Manager of Helpline Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, will present a one-day training titled Caring for the Person with Dementia. The training will take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Lunch will be provided.

The training will begin with an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. Participants will learn about effective communication strategies and find out current best practices on dealing with dementia-related behaviors. He will also discuss ways in which caregivers of those with dementia can take care of themselves and avoid burnout. The day will conclude with an overview of programs and services and a time for Q&A.

To register or for more information, call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org. This program is offered free of charge and is open to any community member caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illness, as a family member, friend, or professional caregiver.
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June 1, 2018
Palliative Care Seminar and Discussion

Have you ever noticed that gaining understanding often takes away the fear of a situation? Palliative (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is a term that can frighten folks because they don’t understand it. Simply said, palliative care focuses on treating symptoms for people who have a life-limiting illness, at any point in their illness and whether or not they are seeking curative treatments. Like hospice, palliative care focuses on improving a person’s quality of life—not only the physical illness, but also their mind and spirit.

Join hospice and palliative care nurse Jill Bixby, APRN to learn about palliative care—what it is, what it isn’t, similarities and differences between it and hospice. There will be plenty of time for questions and comments.
This event is sponsored by Pine Tree Hospice and is being held on Tuesday, June 5th, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center. Call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org to register for this fascinating and informative seminar!
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May 24, 2018
Yoga Nidra Benefits Caregivers and Hospice Volunteers

No movement Yoga?? That’s right – Yoga Nidra promotes healing and overall well-being with NO movement! The instructor uses visualization and affirmation to create an environment in which healing can occur, and leads a guided session with her voice. Yoga Nidra restores a balanced state of mind and a deeply rested body by relieving tension and stress at their root and it is done lying down.

Yoga instructor and Pine Tree Hospice volunteer Gayle Worden RYT, is offering free Yoga Nidra sessions for both professional and family caregivers in the community and for PTH volunteers, as well. The sessions are about 45 minutes in length and are held at the Congregational Church on West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. The next session is Saturday, June 9th at 9:00 A.M.

Space is limited. Please register for the session by contacting the PTH office at 564-4346 or emailing wecare@pinetreehospice.org. Gayle Worden’s website for Center Yoga & Healing Arts can be found at www.centeryoga.vpweb.com.
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May 17, 2018
Pine Tree Hospice and Mayo Regional Hospital Pair Up for 2018 Golf Open

Time to get those golf clubs out and join in the fun at Foxcroft Golf Club. The 2018 Golf Open co-hosted by Pine Tree Hospice and Mayo Regional Hospital will take place on Saturday, June 9th with a rain date of Saturday, June 16th. Shotgun starts will be at 8 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Registration fee is $40 per person and will include a cart and a hearty lunch. Prizes include 1st Gross: 18 holes and carts for a foursome at Webhannet Golf Club in Kennebunk Beach; 1st Net: 18 holes, carts and shuttle passes for a foursome to Mr. Kineo Golf Course. Many other fabulous prizes will be available.

To register, players should call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346. We hope you will join us along with family and friends in a fun-filled day of golf, delicious food, and wonderful prizes, all in support of a great cause. All proceeds will benefit Pine Tree Hospice’s volunteer hospice, caregiver and bereavement services.
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May 14, 2018
Palliative Care Seminar and Discussion

Have you ever noticed that gaining understanding often takes away the fear of a situation? Palliative (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) care is a term that can frighten folks because they don’t understand it. Simply said, palliative care focuses on treating symptoms for people who have a life-limiting illness, at any point in their illness and whether or not they are seeking curative treatments. Like hospice, palliative care focuses on improving a person’s quality of life—not only the physical illness, but also their mind and spirit.

Join hospice and palliative care nurse Jill Bixby, APRN to learn about palliative care—what it is, what it isn’t, similarities and differences between it and hospice. There will be plenty of time for questions and comments.
This event is sponsored by Pine Tree Hospice and is being held on Tuesday, June 5th, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center. Call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org to register for this fascinating and informative seminar!
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May 10, 2018
We Need to Talk…Family Conversations With Older Drivers

On Thursday, May 17th Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to host for the public the AARP seminar We Need to Talk…Family Conversations with Older Drivers offering helpful tips on how to navigate this difficult subject. The event will be held at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. Mr. Court Dwyer, a trained AARP instructor, will facilitate the seminar. Family caregivers and friends will learn to hold successful conversations with their loved ones about remaining active and participating in the community when it is time to limit or stop driving.

During the We Need to Talk…Family Conversations With Older Drivers seminar, participants will learn how to:
-Better understand the psychological and social impact of limiting or stopping driving;
-Recognize the warning signs indicating an older driver may need to limit or stop driving;
-Identify opportunities to hold “family conversations”; and
-Help meet transportation needs if driving is limited.

This seminar, which is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver program, is open to the community and is free of charge. To pre-register please call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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April 20, 2018
Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga – easy, comfortable and fun exercise for everyone – is the topic of Pine Tree Hospice’s Lunch n Learn Bereavement Program from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, on May 8th at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Movement, even very gentle movement, is important for our flexibility, peace of mind, and relaxation and is beneficial to one’s grief journey. Take it with you - Chair Yoga is easy and can be done anywhere you go – at home, in the airport, on a bench by the lake. Learn the basics from Becky Feaser, owner of Color of Life Yoga Studio, have an opportunity to talk with others, and enjoy a free nutritious lunch.

This event is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Bereavement Program and is free of charge. It is open to any adult who has experienced a loss through death, whether recent or in the past. Participants are required to register for Lunch ‘n Learn by contacting Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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April 10, 2018
“We Didn’t Sign Up For This”: Helping Families Cope With Grief

Nobody is ever really prepared for grief. Whether a death is expected or sudden, our grief can surprise us with how unpredictable it is. A death in the family affects every member of the family from the oldest to the youngest. Children’s grief is typically expressed in ways that are different from adults’ and how well a child copes is affected by how the parent is coping. When families need help navigating through the pain and sadness of losing a loved one, when parents with children are at a loss as to how to help them; Pine Tree Hospice is there.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Nights of Service program is a family-oriented program which is structured with children and teens in mind. Participants are grouped according to age and may participate in age-appropriate activities with trained bereavement facilitators. The activities are designed to encourage expression, but the participants decide if and when and how to share with others in the group. Each session has a different focus, such as feelings, memories, and coping. Adults who accompany the children also have an opportunity to share with one another if they choose.

The next six-week Nights of Service program begins on Thursday, May 3rd and meets each Thursday through June 7th, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Please pre-register by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or emailing wecare@pinetreehospice.org by April 16, 2018.
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April 6, 2018
Variety Show 2018

The curtain will rise for the 24th time for the always entertaining Pine Tree Hospice Annual Variety Show on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 P.M. at Center Theatre. The night promises a great time with music, drama, humor and plenty of laughs!! Toby Nelson will emcee this year and there will be an array of new acts for your entertainment.

Acts of all ages will feature ballroom dance, guess the tv show music for interactive fun, youth cheerleaders, clogging, songs, comedy and more will be in the lineup!
The ever popular Parade of Sponsors featuring local children making their way across the stage carrying signs with Pine Tree Hospice’s business sponsor names will again hit the stage. A gorgeous quilt crafted by Rita Mountain and Helen Higgins, machine-quilted by Quilting Mania, will be raffled during the evening.

Show tickets will be by donation and are available at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft, or at the door the night of the show. Please join us for what promises to be a fun evening of family entertainment!
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April 5, 2018
Book Club, April

Begin spring by joining an engaging Book Club! Sponsored by Pine Tree Hospice and the Maine Humanities Council, this book club offers a wide range of readings that will make you think about the subject of tenderness as you never have before.

This group will provide a platform to read different, distinctive works that will fascinate and intrigue you. Read, discuss, or feel free just to listen – and enjoy this experience. Members need not attend all events. We will be meeting at The Mill Café in Dover-Foxcroft. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 24th at 3 pm.

The meetings are facilitated by Greg Winston, professor at Husson University. Our reading for April is Ursula Le Guin’s The Farthest Shore - a book you may have read many years ago, but will transport you today. This selection is one of the author’s Earthsea series which has become one of the best-loved fantasies of our time.

Books are now available to borrow at Pine Tree Hospice, 883 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft. Call us at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org to find out more.
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