In the News

March 19, 2015
Evergreen Children’s Bereavement Program Announces New Format

Pine Tree Hospice is excited to announce a new series which will meet weekly for six weeks periodically throughout the year. Each session will have a different focus, such as memories, feelings, and coping. An adult/parents group is also available while the children meet.

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. Evergreen is Pine Tree Hospice’s program for children, teens, and their families who are experiencing grief. It provides a safe place for kids to share their experience of grief with others who are also in the process of working through their grief and loss. Trained bereavement facilitators use a variety of activities to encourage expression. Participants may talk about their experience or choose not to talk. Please contact Pine Tree Hospice by calling 564-4346 or e-mailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org to pre-register for the next session. [return to menu]
March 11, 2015
Lisa White Joins Staff at Pine Tree Hospice


Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to announce that Lisa White will assume the role of Coordinator of Volunteer and Client Services on April 1st of this year. Please welcome her as she will be working alongside Betsy throughout the month of March. Lisa is a native of Dover-Foxcroft, and has recently returned in order to be closer to family after several years in Virginia and Maryland. She has a Master’s Degree in Thanatology, which is the study of death, dying, and bereavement.

Last fall she participated in the fall volunteer training and began to serve as a direct care volunteer, bereavement facilitator, and as a member of the Education Committee. Lisa is passionate about caring for families who are facing end of life issues and supporting those who are bereaved. She is also dedicated to educating the community about how we can come together to help one another cope during these difficult life transitions.

“The position of Coordinator of Volunteers and Client Services offers me a new and exciting challenge and opportunity not only to serve families in our communities but also to serve and support the many dedicated volunteers who selflessly serve in numerous ways,” writes Lisa, “I am honored to be a part of Pine Tree Hospice and look forward to working with the staff and volunteers as we continue to strive to meet the mission and vision of Pine Tree Hospice.” [return to menu]
March 10, 2015
Prepare to Care: 5 Steps to a Caregiving Plan for Your Family

On April 9th from 6:00- 8:00 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center, Pine Tree Hospice will present a Caring for the Caregiver event, “Prepare to Care: 5 Steps to a Caregiving Plan for Your Family”. Josephine Cirrinone, Family Caregiver Specialist from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging will present information to assist and educate individuals and families who may be involved in caregiving either now or in the future.

Most people understand that it’s helpful to plan for the future. But when it comes to caring for an aging relative, many families don’t have a plan until there is a problem. Lack of planning doesn’t mean a lack of commitment. Families often avoid discussions about the future because they don’t want to think about changes in the lives of the people they love most.

Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50 – and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. For many of us, our lives will include caring for an aging parent or relative. And as the nation grows older, the need for care giving will be as common as the need for child care.

So, if you have not yet begun to discuss a caregiving plan with your family, it’s not too late. It doesn’t matter who starts the conversation. What really matters is that every family has the opportunity to talk about creating a caregiving plan for their loved ones based on the needs and wishes of those who will be receiving the care.
“Prepare to Care” helps families discuss and create a caregiving plan for yourself, an aging parent, other relative, close friend or neighbor. “Prepare to Care” offers five steps including information on how to get started, questions to ask, and where to find basic resources.

To pre-register for this free event, please call 564-4346 or send an e-mail to wecare at pinetreehospice.org. [return to menu]
January 29, 2015
“It’s All About YOU”: Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for Caregiver Event

“It’s All About You!” will be held on February 21, 2015 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Charlotte White Center at 572 Bangor Road, Dover-Foxcroft, “It’s All About You!” is a free event open to all personal and professional caregivers, past and present. Attendees will have the opportunity to have a massage or manicure; and to try reiki, guided meditation, B.E.S.T., acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy and essential oil therapy. A delicious lunch will also be served.

More than 20% of Maine households are impacted by caregiving responsibilities. This translates to one in five Maine families coping with care for a disabled or chronically ill family member or friend. In the United States 90% of long-term care is provided by unpaid caregivers. Many caregivers report having difficulty finding time for one’s self, managing stress, and balancing work and family responsibilities.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver programs focus on addressing the needs of caregivers in our community. So often, these individuals devote their time and energy to caring selflessly for another, often sacrificing their own well-being. Caring for Caregivers events offer support and a little pampering for these individuals. So, caregivers, treat yourself to a little care. You deserve it! Please pre-register for this event by calling 564-4346 or emailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org
October 23, 2014
Remembrance Ceremony Honors the “Tree of Life”

On Sunday, November 2, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. there will be a community celebration of remembrance sponsored by Community Health and Counseling and Pine Tree Hospice at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Road in Dover-Foxcroft. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Tree of Life” which symbolizes the interconnectedness of all life as well as the seasons of life that we all must pass through. Meaningful activities for all ages are planned culminating in a poignant balloon release. Music will also be a part of the day’s program and refreshments will be provided. All community members and families are welcome to come and celebrate the memory of friends and loved ones. To pre-register, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346
September 12, 2014
Will's Shop 'n' Save Laptop ChallengeBetsy's new laptop

As a result of a challenge by Will’s Shop ‘n Save to make a generous donation towards the purchase of a new laptop for our Coordinator, Betsy Miller Minott, several area businesses and individuals stepped up to the challenge and donated towards this goal. The challenge was met in April and PTH is happy to announce that Betsy is now in possession of a brand new laptop! The following businesses contributed to this project:

Rowell’s Garage, Solutions Consulting Group, Dr. Skip MacDonald, Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union, Will o’ Wisp Soaps, Friends of Community Fitness, R.A. Thomas Logging, Inc., Haley Construction, Guilford Bed & Breakfast, Steinke & Caruso Dental Care, and several anonymous donors.