Mission and Services

Pine Tree Hospice staff and volunteers provide non-medical care, support, and education, with respect and dignity, to people journeying through progressive life-limiting illnesses, caregiving, and bereavement, thereby enhancing and honoring quality of life.
Pine Tree Hospice foresees a community in which members openly discuss caregiving, end of life, and bereavement issues and actively provides compassionate care to one another through these precious life journeys.
Respect and Dignity
Comfort and Peace of Mind
Learning and Education
Empathy and Compassion
Open and Honest Communication
Quality and Safety of Care
November 2017
Hospice care is a unique philosophy and team approach to care provided to people during the final phase of life.

Hospice is not a place. It is a family-centered effort that provides support and care for the whole family during the process of dying and bereavement.

Hospice emphasizes enhancing the quality of life and preserves a sense of dignity while providing palliative comfort care.

Trained volunteers are key team members who work along with healthcare professionals to provide support.

Hospice supports the individual in making his or her own decisions about  end of life care.

Pine Tree Hospice is proud to be one of less than 70 volunteer hospice programs in the United States.
Pine Tree Hospice was incorporated in 1985, is governed by a Board of Directors, and is composed of community representatives.

Pine Tree Hospice employs an Executive Director, a Coordinator for Client Services and Volunteers, a Bereavement and Education Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, and a Program Assistant.  More than 90 dedicated active volunteers provide direct and indirect services to hospice clients and families.  Our service area is located in rural north central Maine.

Funding is provided by various grants and donations, the annual Variety Show, memorial contributions, an annual appeal, and various other fundraising events. We receive no State or Federal funding, nor do we receive any insurance monies

Pine Tree Hospice provides free training and continuing education for all volunteers, and offers many free educational events for the community.

Clients receive all Pine Tree Hospice services free of charge.

Hospice volunteers provide direct services such as companionship, respite care for caregivers, transportation to appointments, meal preparation, shopping, medication delivery, light housekeeping, and bereavement support.  Hospice volunteers also provide indirect services such as building ramps, running errands, planning events, assisting in the office, serving on committees, or writing grants.  Volunteers do not provide personal physical care.

Pine Tree Hospice hosts bereavement support programs.  Bereavement facilitators support children and adults who are experiencing grief.  

When a person or family faces a life-limiting illness or experiences grief over the loss of a loved one, Pine Tree Hospice volunteers can make a difference.  We can't add days to your life, but we can add life to your days.