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March 4, 2019
Restructuring Relationships

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Many people often discover that there are multiple unexpected losses following the death of a loved one. Acquaintances and friends may not know how to interact with the bereaved and begin to withdraw from their relationship. Family relationships often change. The bereaved will attempt to maintain prior relationships, but for whatever reason people may not reciprocate. These losses or significant changes in friendships, family, and connections can make one’s grief and grief journey all the more difficult to navigate.

Dr. Deborah Drew, Professor and Director of Counseling and Human Relations at Husson University and Clinical Consultant for Pine Tree Hospice will be addressing this topic at the next session of Lunch n’ Learn. Lunch and Learn will take place on Tuesday, March 19, from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. in Dover-Foxcroft and is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Grief Support Program. The program is open to adults in the community who have experienced grief due to death, whether recently or in the past. The support group, presentation and delicious nutritious lunch are all free of charge.

To pre-register for Lunch ‘n Learn, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346.
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February 25, 2019
Advance Care Planning – It’s All About How You Want to Live

Advance Care Planning isn’t just for those with life-limiting illnesses – but for all of us. Pine Tree Hospice is offering a FREE informative seminar at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 17 Church Street in Sangerville, on Saturday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Advance care planning involves ongoing conversations and review of written wishes and goals for your life, end of life, and death. It encompasses several areas of concern including financial, property and health care decisions, how you want to be treated, how you want to be remembered and what you want to have done after your death. For you and your loved ones, advance care planning is the way you can make a difficult time easier.

For more information and to register, call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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February 14, 2019
March Caregivers Book Club

Experience something new and thought-provoking this winter with our Caregivers Book Group. This group offers readings that will broaden and deepen your understanding of loss, injustices and the American experience.

Our next group meeting is Monday, March 4th, from 3:30 – 5:00, at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft. We will be discussing poems in the second section of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s American Anthology, and the novel What Do We Lose, by Zinzi Clemmons. All materials are available at the Thompson Free Library. Our experienced facilitator is Greg Winston, professor of English at Husson University, who asks questions, provides insights, and enjoys learning from the group as much as we enjoy learning from him.

This Book Group is the perfect place to meet new people, connect with friends and enjoy a new reading experience. For more information, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare@pinetreehospice.org
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February 13, 2019
Volunteer Training Spring 2019

You have so much to offer – and we need you!

Would you like to help people and make a difference in your community? Pine Tree Hospice volunteers offer non-medical support to individuals and families in Piscataquis, Penobscot and Somerset counties who are dealing with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and/or grief. There is an ever increasing demand for volunteers who are willing to provide companionship and support, play games, run errands, take folks out for a ride, or just sit quietly so a caregiver can rest. There is also a need for volunteers to provide bereavement support to children and families. And you can do this by offering just a few hours of your time each month.

Our tagline is “We can’t add days to your life, but we can add life to your days.” Volunteering will add life to your days, and to the people you support! Pine Tree Hospice is offering a FREE volunteer training that begins on Thursday, March 21st, in Dover-Foxcroft. We encourage you to participate in this training and explore the possibility of making a difference in someone’s life. Pine Tree Hospice is a community-based, not-for-profit volunteer hospice that has provided service in 39 communities for over 30 years.

Call 564-4346 or email wecare@pinetreehospice.org for more information or to apply.
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February 12, 2019
Winter Movie Selection for volunteers and book club members

Pine Tree Hospice invites our volunteers and previous book club members to be part of our Winter Movie & Discussion Series. February’s movie will be Heaven is For Real, with a brief discussion afterward, facilitated by a member of our Education Committee. It’s bound to be an interesting and fun winter activity. For PTH volunteers, attendance will count towards continuing education hours.

he movie will be on February 24th, at 2:00pm, at the Pine Tree Hospice office, 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. Heaven is for Real is based on the New York Times best-selling book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. Four-year-old Colton Burpo is the son of Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear), pastor of a small church in Nebraska; while undergoing emergency surgery, Colton says he experienced heaven and describes to his incredulous family what he saw. At first Todd isn’t sure what to believe, but then becomes convinced his son has really glimpsed the afterlife. Told from a Christian perspective, this is a touching and true story.

Please RSVP by February 21st, as space is limited. Call us at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org
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February 11, 2019
Trivia night gives community a chance to support local Hospice FUNdraiser

Pine Tree Hospice will be hosting a Trivia Night at The Commons, located at 152 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, starting at 7 p.m. on March 8, with a snow date of March 15. We thank our event sponsors Will’s Shop ‘n Save and Rowell’s Garage for their generosity in helping us bring this event to the community.

The event welcomes all ages as team participants, and spectators are encouraged to attend. Prizes for the top two teams, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, snacks for team tables, and a cash bar are just part of what’s on the agenda for the evening’s festivities. Each table will consist of teams of six participants. If you have less than six team members, individual participants can join together to form a team that night, or teams may pay the full table price of $90 for up to 6 players. Admission is $15 per person and $5.00 for spectators. There will be a limited number of tables available, so we encourage teams to reserve their tables now.

Trivia night is all about breaking up a cold winter’s evening with a fun competition and maybe learning a thing or two in the process. Teams will be competing against one another for the grand prize as well as bragging rights as Central Maine Quiz Masters. The grand prize is a Whitewater Rafting trip with Northeast Whitewater. Second place finishers are entitled to an 18-hole round of Golf at Foxcroft Golf Club. Along with raffles throughout the evening, we will also be having several "Silent" Auction items (a photo session with Brenda Shultz Photography, dinner for two at The Quarry, Diane Laurie Needlepoint, Dove Tail Bats, and a gourmet gift basket from Chloe’s Collections) available for people to bid on.

If you are interested in reserving a table or have questions about this engaging event, please contact us at 207-564-4346 or wecare@pinetreehospice.org.
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February 5, 2019
“It’s All About You” a Thank You for Area Caregivers

“Self-Care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown
Are you or have you ever been a caregiver either personally or as a professional? To thank you for what you give of yourself to others, you are invited to attend “It’s All About You” on Saturday, March 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guilford United Methodist Church. All area caregivers, male or female, will have the opportunity to be pampered through massage therapy, aromatherapy, essential oils, manicures, guided meditation and more. Fun and relaxing activities are planned: puzzles, scrap booking and games, taking the opportunity to chat with others, or to just sit quietly. Learn more about caregiving and caregiver resources with information available at the event, such as Penquis Lynx Transportation or Advance Care Planning Workshops. A delicious lunch by Dillon Catering of Milo will be served.

This free event is part of the Pine Tree Hospice Caring for the Caregiver program. Caring for the Caregiver supports and educates those who are involved in the many aspects of caregiving. For some, it means being a family caregiver and caring for a spouse or parent. For some, it means supporting and caring for a person with disabilities. For others, it means working for an agency or facility, providing in-home or residential care. For still others, it means being an educator, a medical professional, or childcare provider.

One in five Maine residents is involved in caregiving. Pine Tree Hospice realizes the incredible worth of caregivers to our community and the Caring for the Caregiver program is designed to reflect the value we place on these community heroes---caregivers.

For more information and to register, call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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February 4, 2019
Adult Grief Support Group

The death of a loved one often reminds us just how fragile and temporary life is. It can also motivate us to take control over planning for our own future and end of life. At the same time, processing and making decisions about such important matters can be made more difficult by grief. For this reason, at the next Pine Tree Hospice Lunch & Learn program Ardie Hacker will be presenting some basic information about Advance Directives in the form of the Five Wishes document. The form is easy to follow and can help the bereaved get some plans in place in case there is a time they cannot speak for themselves about their goals and desired care.

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 19, from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. in Dover-Foxcroft and is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s adult bereavement support program. The program is open to adults in the community who have experienced grief due to death, whether recently or in the past. The support group, presentation and nutritious lunch are all free of charge.

To pre-register for Lunch ‘n Learn, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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January 31, 2019
Advance Care Planning – It’s All About How You Want to Live

Advance Care Planning isn’t just for those with life-limiting illnesses – but for all of us. Pine Tree Hospice is offering a FREE informative seminar at the Congregational Church in Dover Foxcroft on Saturday, February 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Advance care planning involves ongoing conversations and review of written wishes and goals for your life, end of life, and death. It encompasses several areas of concern including financial, property and health care decisions, how you want to be treated, how you want to be remembered and what you want to have done after your death. For you and your loved ones, advance care planning is the way you can make a difficult time easier.

For more information and to register, call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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January 3, 2019
Tying Up Loose Ends

Being faced with loose ends after someone dies is the topic of Pine Tree Hospice’s January 15th Lunch & Learn, held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Donna Peterson, Register of Probate, will present Tying up Loose Ends. Part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Bereavement Series, Lunch & Learn is a monthly support program for adults who have lost someone recently or in the past. Donna Peterson will discuss the loose ends that may have been left or forgotten during this very difficult time. After someone dies, their loved ones often discover that there tasks that must be taken care of – closing of accounts, transferring titles, and paying bills are just some of those things. The process of probate – when there is a will and when there is not is also an important topic that Donna will talk about. Bring your questions and Donna will give you information and tips about how to make this process easier.

This event is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Bereavement Support and is FREE of charge. Remember this program is open to adults in the community who have experienced grief and loss whether recently or in the past. A FREE nutritious lunch is included.

To pre-register for Lunch ‘n Learn, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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