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Remembrance Ceremony Honors the “Tree of Life” October 23, 2014
Will's Shop 'n' Save Laptop Challenge September 12, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice Adult Bereavement Group Addresses “Loss of A Loved One”August_19,_2014 August 19, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice’s Fall Lunch & Learn Series August 19, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice's annual "Sound Bites" event coming to Foxcroft Academy on September 13th August 19, 2014
Is it Time to Give Back? Consider Becoming a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer! August 12, 2014
Evergreen, Help for Grieving Children and Adults August 12, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice Offers Dementia Care Training Workshop August 4, 2014
2014 Golf Open Raises Almost $5000 for Pine Tree Hospice July 2, 2014
Dementia Care Series June 30, 2014
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.
August 19, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice Adult Bereavement Group Addresses “Loss of A Loved One”

Pine Tree Hospice will offer an adult support group for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning October 14th at 7:00 P.M. at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. This group is open to any adult in the community who has lost a loved one, whether recently or in the past.

The group will provide a supportive environment where individuals can share their feelings and tell their stories. Grief is a natural response to loss; shock, sadness, anger, hurt, loneliness, and fear are outward expressions of grief. Through group and individual support, those who are grieving can begin the process of healing, find ways to cope with their loss, and provide strength and support for one another.

Pre-registration for the group is encouraged. Please contact our office at 564-4346 to register.
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August 19, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice’s Fall Lunch & Learn Series

Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to announce its Lunch & Learn Series topics for Fall 2014. On September 9th, we are focusing on Cooking for One in which ideas and suggestions for cooking for yourself will be shared. The importance of Staying Active is the topic for our event on October 14th where easy exercises and their benefits are explored. Getting through the holidays can be a hard time of year, so on November 11th, we will present Coping With Grief Through the Holidays. Finishing off our fall series on December 9th, the topic will be Grief in the Winter Time. We invite you to come to any or all events.

All adults who have experienced a death of somebody important to them are welcome to join us at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. The events run from 11 am to 1 pm and are free of charge. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. For more information or to register, please call 564-4346.
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August 19, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice's annual "Sound Bites" event coming to Foxcroft Academy on September 13th

Pine Tree Hospice's annual "Sound Bites" event will be held in the Foxcroft Academy gymnasium September 13th at 7 pm. Tickets for this entertaining evening cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door or the purchase of a table for six for $75. The ticket price includes a bountiful supply of decadent desserts and outstanding musical entertainment. This year’s featured musicians will be The Josh Guthrie Trio and Jason Curran with Peter Ippoliti, and harpist Isleen Halvorsen will perform as guests arrive and during intermission.

You will be charmed by café-style seating, aesthetic appeal of lush fall décor, enjoyable sounds of live music performed by local talent, and your taste buds will be delighted by a seemingly endless selection of desserts, fruits, and cheese. It is a perfect opportunity to escape from the rigors of daily life while simultaneously supporting a great cause.

All proceeds for this wonderful event–which is being sponsored by David Frasz, M.D. and Lesley Fernow, M.D., The Arnold Development Group, Foxcroft Academy, Camden National Bank, and JD Raymond Transport–will benefit Pine Tree Hospice, a volunteer hospice that has been providing invaluable services free of charge to the surrounding community for more than 25 years. For more information about this event or PTH in general, call 207-564-4346.
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August 12, 2014
Is it Time to Give Back? Consider Becoming a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer!

Do you have some spare time? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Pine Tree Hospice is pleased to offer a series of volunteer trainings this fall. These trainings will provide the knowledge and skills to equip you to help people in our community who are coping with a life-limiting, progressive illness. Trainings are arranged into three segments. The first segment, called the “Core Training”, provides the foundation for both direct care and bereavement work. Once volunteers complete this 11-hr. segment they may choose to take the 9-hr. “Direct Care Hospice Volunteer” segment, or the 14-hr. “Bereavement Facilitator” segment, or both.

All prospective volunteers must take the “Core Training” segment, scheduled for: Thursday, Sept. 18th, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 25th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The dates and times for the Direct Care and Bereavement Facilitator segments will be announced at the Core Training. To discuss volunteer options or to register for the Pine Tree Hospice volunteer trainings, please call
564-4346.
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August 12, 2014
Evergreen, Help for Grieving Children and Adults

Evergreen, the Pine Tree Hospice Center for Grieving Children and Adults, will start a new season on September 24th from 7:00-8:00 P.M. The Evergreen Program will then meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month providing a safe place for children, teens, and adults to work through their grief experience after a death whether recently or in the past. Small peer groups provide an opportunity for individuals to share their feelings, remember the person who died, and give and receive support from others. Using art, play, or an activity, children are encouraged to discover what works best for them in their healing process. Groups are led by trained volunteer facilitators. Training and programs are modeled after the nationally acclaimed Center for Grieving Children based in Portland, Maine.

At Evergreen we recognize that the intensity and duration of grief is different for every individual. We also know that each person has the capacity within them to heal, and that support helps in this grief process. A supportive environment with others who have experienced similar losses can be extremely beneficial.

Parents and guardians are welcome to join a support group which is held at the same time as the children’s groups. Families must attend an orientation prior to attending Evergreen programs. To receive an Evergreen information packet or more information, call Pine Tree Hospice’s office at 564-4346.
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August 4, 2014
Pine Tree Hospice Offers Dementia Care Training Workshop

 As part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver series, Wynona Randall, Director of Professional Development at the Charlotte White Center, will present a six-session Dementia Care Training Workshop beginning Tuesday, September 16th from 6-8 P.M. and continuing each Tuesday evening through October 21st. The workshops will be held at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center.

The training was developed by the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is based on the model of dementia care called “Habilitation Therapy”. This is a comprehensive behavioral approach to caring for people with dementia, focusing not on what the person has lost due to the illness, but on his or her remaining abilities. Habilitation Therapy creates and maintains positive emotional states through the course of each day, engaging the dementia patient’s capabilities, independence, and morale to produce a state of psychological well-being. In this way, difficult symptoms can be reduced or eliminated, even as the illness progresses.

This curriculum has been taught in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day programs, and hospice settings. The format includes discussion activities, lecture, demonstration, role-play and group work. The training is presented in Powerpoint format. Topics covered will include: Understanding Dementia, Communication, and Personal Care and Family Care.

Space is limited. Call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 for more information or to register.
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July 2, 2014
2014 Golf Open Raises Almost $5000 for Pine Tree Hospice

The Pine Tree Hospice Golf Open, which began at Dexter Municipal Golf Course on June 28 and concluded at Foxcroft Golf Club on June 29, raised a grand total of nearly $4900 for Pine Tree Hospice, a volunteer hospice that has been providing vital services free of charge to the surrounding community for more than 25 years. Jim Costedio, Rick Sherburne, Shane Baxter, and D. Richardson led the tournament wire-to-wire and comfortably finished with the best gross score. Matt Spooner, Matthew Spooner, George Kousaie, and Donna Kousaie had the best overall net score.

Pine Tree Hospice’s next major fundraiser will be the always-popular Sound Bites event, an evening featuring wonderful food and music. Sound Bites will be held in the Foxcroft Academy gymnasium on Saturday, September 13 from 7-9 pm.
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June 30, 2014
Dementia Care Series

A six-part series of workshops on caring for someone with dementia will begin on Tuesday, September 16th, 6-8 P.M. at the Mayo Hospital Resource Center and will continue each Tuesday evening through October 21st. Wynona Randall, a Pine Tree Hospice volunteer, will be presenting this informative series that addresses communication, understanding dementia, personal and family care. Aging can present challenges and afflictions for seniors that are beyond our control. Maybe you’re noticing that grandpa is forgetting conversations that you’ve just had, or that mom is starting to get confused and is misplacing things more frequently. Perhaps you are noticing that your elderly loved one is becoming more irritable and experiencing increased difficulty communicating or performing everyday tasks. These are all possible signs and symptoms of dementia. This workshop will provide support and information for those who would like to gain a better understanding of dementia and who are living with or caring for someone with dementia, either professionally or personally. Enrollment will be limited, so please call to register early. [return to menu]