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January 19, 2016
Caring for the Caregiver:  "It's All About YOU"

As part of its ongoing effort to support caregivers through the Caring for the Caregiver Program, Pine Tree Hospice is hosting “It’s All About You!” on March 5th at the Charlotte White Center, 572 Bangor Rd. in Dover-Foxcroft.

This free event is open to all caregivers, professional and family, whether in the present or in the past. Pine Tree Hospice Executive Director, Jane Stitham states, “We want to honor our caregivers who are the unsung heroes in our community.” One in seven Mainers are taking care of a spouse, parent, friend, or neighbor. These caregivers dedicate themselves sometimes for years at a time and at great personal cost in terms of their own physical, mental and financial well-being. The Caring for the Caregiver program offers several programs throughout the year to educate and uplift area caregivers.

At “It’s All About You!,” caregivers will be pampered through massage therapy, aromatherapy, essential oils, manicures, a delicious lunch by Spruce Mill Farm, and other personal care services. Pre-register for this event by calling 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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January 18, 2016
Invitation to Become a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer

Are you willing to become a Pine Tree Hospice volunteer? Never has there been a greater need for hospice volunteers in the almost 30 years that Pine Tree Hospice has been in existence. We are looking for caring and compassionate individuals who might have a few hours each month to be of service to those individuals with progressive, life-limiting illnesses. Our volunteers provide non-medical support by doing such things as taking clients fishing, going for a drive, providing companionship, grocery shopping, or stacking wood.

Pine Tree Hospice is offering a free hospice volunteer training beginning in March 2016. This training will supply the necessary tools for individuals to become competent and effective volunteer caregivers. Training starts with an 11-hour Core Training, which is split up into 4 sections: Tuesday, March 8, 5:00 – 8:05 p.m.; Saturday March 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.; Tuesday, March 15, 5:00 – 7: 35 P p.m.; and Thursday, March 17, 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. The trainings will be held at the Mayo Hospital Resource Center. Dinner will be provided for trainees at the evening sessions and snacks provided at the Saturday session.
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January 17, 2016
Pine Tree Hospice Presents a Video Series, Death: A Personal Understanding”

This is a monthly video series and discussion that is designed to provide participants with an introduction of the “who, what, where, when, why, and how of death in our society.” Death is a topic that affects each of us personally because of our own mortality and because of our relationships with others who die. The goals of this video series and accompanying discussions are to help us deepen our personal understanding of the various dimensions of death and dying and to help us become more empathetic and effective caregivers.

Interested? Participants may attend any or all of the sessions. Space is limited, however, so please r.s.v.p. by calling our office at 546-4346 or by emailing us at wecare at pinetreehospice.org.

Sessions will be held in the Piscataquis Room of the MRH Resource Center, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., on the 2nd Wednesday of February, March, April, May and June 2016.
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Regional Teams
Marsha Hansen, Stacy Shorey, Pam Goulette, Jill Jones, Kathy Willey, Emily Poland
 January 16, 2016
Pine Tree Hospice Regional Teams
Regional Teams consist of a group of volunteers who are dedicated to developing community awareness of Pine Tree Hospice’s services in the core towns of our coverage area, including: Milo & Brownville, Dexter & Corinna, Guilford, Greenville & Monson, and Dover-Foxcroft.

The Regional Teams are organized to support other PTH volunteers, identify community needs, provide educational opportunities, and to assist PTH in identifying resources in each regional area. Each Regional Team has a Team Leader who works closely with the Coordinator of Volunteers and Client Services.

Teams meet with the Coordinator at least three times per year. Additionally, Regional Team members gather regularly to share thoughts and concerns, provide information on area needs, receive support, and hear updates about current PTH events as well as new information about hospice or bereavement care.

If you have a few hours available to help Pine Tree Hospice strengthen its support to members of your community please join your area team. If you know of someone you think would be a great asset to the team, invite him or her to consider joining as well. Once on the team you can identify what areas of its work you would like to put your talents to work on. Some options are:

Assist in recruiting additional volunteers and help to build regional strength in local service connections.

Identify educational and support needs of area volunteers and/or assist with volunteer events to provide education and support to those volunteers.

Aid PTH with publicizing and representing PTH in their communities; i.e., placing posters in public areas advertising PTH events, representing PTH at meetings or public opportunities, and assisting with programmatic events in their regional area.

Inform PTH of any opportunities in their local area to educate citizens about PTH and to make it more visible in their community.

Expand PTH’s ability to stay in closer touch with citizens throughout our service area to better respond to needs and opportunities.

Occasionally assist with gathering/procuring refreshments for events (such as cookies or breakfast breads for golf tournaments, Caring for the Caregiver, etc.)

For more information, please contact Pine Tree Hospice at (207) 564-4346.
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Empty rocking chairJanuary 4, 2016
Empty Rocking Chair

One of the most difficult aspects of bereavement is the loneliness that often accompanies grief. Seeing an empty chair that was once the favorite of a loved one can be particularly painful.

In addition to providing support for clients with progressive life-limiting illness and their families, Pine Tree Hospice offers bereavement support to adults throughout the area who have experienced grief and loss, whether recently or in the past.

Lunch & Learn is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. A delicious lunch is provided along with a chance to socialize with others who are learning to live with grief and loss. There is a presentation each month on a relevant topic, often suggested by one of the participants. On January 12th, the topic will be “Cooking for One.” February 9th’s topic is “Funeral Options,” and on March 8th, “Meditation and Relaxation.” Lunch & Learn, like all of Pine Tree Hospice’s programs, is free of charge.

The Adult Bereavement Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft, from 7 – 8 P.M. This group is led by trained bereavement facilitators and gives participants an opportunity to be in the presence of others going through similar experiences. Pre-registration is recommended for both programs by calling 564-4346 or emailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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October 5, 2015
Remembrance Ceremony Honors the “Tree of Life”

On Sunday, November 1, 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 through which we all must pass. Meaningful activities for all ages are planned, and the afternoon will conclude with 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 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
September 10, 2015
Evergreen Nights of Service Aids Grieving Families

At some point, every family will experience loss through death and the grief that accompanies it. Parents of children or teens are often challenged with helping their children adjust to the many losses incurred by the death.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Evergreen Nights of Service is a six-week program that is designed specifically for children, teens, and their families who have experienced a death of a loved one and provides a safe place for kids to share their experience with others who are also in the process of working through their grief and loss. Each session has a different focus, such as feelings, other expressions of grief, memories, and coping. Participants are encouraged to engage in various activities including art, play, journaling, and talking so that each person may discover what works best for him or her as an individual to help process their grief and to help integrate the loss into one’s life. An adult support group is also available for parents or guardians of the children to attend at the same time the children meet.

Families must register and attend an orientation meeting to determine if the Nights of Service is an appropriate match for each family member’s needs. The next Nights of Service program begins October 7th and continues through November 11th. Groups meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church.
September 10, 2015
Sound Bites: Possibly the Most Delicious Fundraiser Ever!

On Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 P.M. Pine Tree Hospice will host its fourth annual Sound Bites fall fundraiser at Foxcroft Academy. This event treats the senses with beautiful decorations, an amazing selection of delicious desserts, and live music.

The music performed will have a wide appeal for all ages. Harpist, Isleen Halvorsen will be playing as people arrive. The Memphis Belles, a vocal trio, will open the show with a repertoire of music from the 20’s to the 60’s at 7:00 P.M. The Josh Guthrie Trio will follow with a mix of styles from R & B to rock ‘n roll to classic country music.

Sponsors for this event include Arnold Development Group, Camden National Bank, Dr. David Frasz and Dr. Lesley Fernow, Foxcroft Academy, and Plum Creek.

Tickets to Sound Bites are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A table of 6 can be reserved for $75. Tickets are available at the Pine Tree Hospice office