In the News

October 14, 2016
November, a Time to Remember

On Sunday, November 6th Pine Tree Hospice and Community Health and Counseling Services will host an annual Celebration of Remembrance at the Charlotte White Center from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. Open to the community, this event is an opportunity for young and old to honor and celebrate the memory of family and friends who have died, whether recently or long ago. This year’s theme is “Bouquet of Memories” with the idea that all our cherished memories form a beautiful, lasting bouquet. Memorial activities for all ages will be offered, as well the opportunity to be with others who have experienced loss. Music and refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon. The release of white balloons into the sky will bring the program to a poignant close. For more information contact Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email at wecare at
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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 at
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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
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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
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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 loss.

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 our program.

For more information contact Pine Tree Hospice by calling 564-4346 or e-mailing wecare at
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Kathryn Pears of Dementia Care Strategies
May 15, 2016
Dementia Care Workshop Offers Help and Hope

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

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 with dementia.
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Ethan Annis
Ethan Annis prepares for the
2016 Benefit Golf Open
May 3, 2016
Mayo Regional Hospital and Pine Tree Hospice Pair Up for 2016 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 564-4346 or email wecare at
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