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September 30, 2019
Growing Through Grief

Growing Through Grief is one of Pine Tree Hospice’s new Adult Bereavement programs and has taken the place of the former Lunch and Learn group. The “lunch” might be gone, but the support, delicious desserts, and learning experiences continue. The Growing Through Grief program begins with a facilitated grief support group for adults which is then followed by a grief-related presentation or workshop.

It’s difficult to believe, but the holiday seasons are fast approaching! The coming months, filled with special events and festivities, can be especially difficult for people who have suffered the death of a loved one recently or in the past. In the presentation portion of our next Growing Through Grief Group, which is scheduled for October 15th, Reverend Ray Beless will be providing some very helpful tips on how to cope with grief throughout the holiday season and how to navigate your way through all the events and activities.

Knowing you aren’t alone at this time of year and that there are others who share the pain of loss can be comforting; being able to talk about your pain can be very healing. Many people find comfort by sharing their feelings of pain, emotions and thoughts in a group setting, or just listening, and this facilitated grief support group is a place you may find solace.

Growing Through Grief meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 1:00-3:00 in Dover-Foxcroft. The grief support group, presentation, and delicious dessert are FREE of charge. Participants must preregister by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346.
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September 10, 2019
Trivia Night in Dover-Foxcroft is Back!!

Pine Tree Hospice brings your second chance to be named THE Trivia Master of Piscataquis County! This fun event will be held on October 5th, 7:00 pm, at The Commons in Dover-Foxcroft at 152 East Main Street. Enjoy a great evening with laughs, boisterous fun, trivia knowledge – with snacks, sodas, water and a cash bar with wine from Spruce Mill Farm and beer from Bissell Brothers Brewing. Tables accommodate 6 players, but smaller teams are welcome, too – the cost is $15 per person.
All ages are encouraged to be a part of the teams, and spectators are welcome for $5, (however spectators cannot participate).

Event sponsors this year are Steinke & Caruso Dental Care, Eaton Peabody, Dr. Lesley Fernow and Dr. David Frasz, J.D. Raymond Transport and Bissell Brothers Brewing. Our generous raffle sponsors are Chloe’s Collections Florist, T. Dow Photography and Cup of Hand Pottery. First place prizes are 6 gift certificates donated by Bob’s Hardware, Farm and Garden, and second place prizes are 6 gift certificates provided by Center Theatre.

Awaiting you are fun, friends, great company and fabulous prizes – a 50/50 raffle AND fantastic raffle prizes, too!! Tables are limited so call and reserve now by contacting Pine Tree Hospice us at 207-564-4346.
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August 27, 2019
Lunch and Learn Becomes Growing Through Grief

Growing Through Grief is one of Pine Tree Hospice’s new Adult Bereavement programs and is taking the place of the former Lunch and Learn group. The “lunch” might be gone, but the support, delicious desserts, and learning experiences continue. The Growing Through Grief program begins with a facilitated grief support group for adults which is then followed by a grief-related presentation or workshop.

Our first Growing Through Grief group will take place on Tuesday, September 17, from 1:00—3:00 pm in Dover Foxcroft. Creative Play Coach, Life Stress Reduction Facilitator, and local artist Terri Kelley Palin will facilitate the workshop/presentation portion of the program and will be addressing “Artful Grief”. Allowing grief to be expressed through creative processes can be incredibly healing and fulfilling and may even open new channels of creativity.

Are you are grieving the death of a loved one? Whether your loved one died recently or in the past, we invite you to join the Growing Through Grief group and to explore ways to express yourself through artistic activities. No artistic skills are required.

Growing Through Grief will be meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 1:00-3:00 in Dover-Foxcroft. The grief support group, presentation, and delicious dessert is FREE of charge. Participants must preregister by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346.
August 23, 2019
Volunteering – Time Well Spent

Help, hope, and giving to our communities – that is what Pine Tree Hospice volunteers do. We 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. Our service area is large, and there is a growing demand for volunteers to provide companionship – playing cards, reading, simple household tasks, or just sitting quietly so that a tired caregiver can rest. Many clients like to take a drive to see the fall colors, or wildlife, or just to get out of the house for a little while. We also train volunteers to help with bereaved children and adults – our support groups and workshops are an important service to our communities. By offering just a few hours of your time each month, you can help someone in need.

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 FREE volunteer training for both direct care and bereavement support that begins on September 17th, 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 volunteer1 at pinetreehospice.org for more information or to apply.
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August 21, 2019
Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives – Oh My!!

Are you confused about wills, advance directives, probate, trusts, how to protect your property and more? Consider attending Pine Tree Hospice’s Workshop on Elder Law with Probate Judge Jim Austin, Esq. Planning ahead can be difficult, so bring your questions, and be prepared to learn about some of the things that concern you or a loved one. Probate Judge Jim Austin can help clear your confusion, and set your mind at ease with Pine Tree Hospice’s Elder Law Workshop on September 10th from 6 – 8 pm at the Congregational Church in Dover-Foxcroft.

Pine Tree Hospice offers workshops and seminars to help people in our communities learn more about difficult and important end-of-life issues. Please call for more information, and to sign up for this event at 564-4346.
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August 20, 2019
Yoga Nidra - Is It For You?

Relax? Rejuvenate? That’s right – Yoga Nidra is yoga with NO movement! Yoga Nidra promotes healing and overall well-being without movement, through visualization and affirmation to create an environment in which healing can occur. The instructor leads a guided session with her voice. Yoga Nidra restores a balanced state of mind and a deeply rested body by relieving tension and stress at their root and it is done lying down.

Yoga instructor and Pine Tree Hospice volunteer Gayle Worden RYT, is offering FREE Yoga Nidra sessions for both professional and family caregivers in the community. The sessions are about 45 minutes in length and are held at the Congregational Church on West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. The next session is Saturday, September 14, from 9:00 – 10:00am. Arrive a few minutes early to get set up and ready for this amazing experience. Plan on bringing a pillow and a blanket to lie on and one to cover up with. The more comfortable you are, the more you will benefit.

Please register for the session by contacting the PTH office at 564-4346 or emailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org. For more information about Yoga Nidra, visit Gayle Worden’s website for Center Yoga & Healing Arts which can be found at www.centeryoga.vpweb.com.
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July 26, 2019
Pine Tree Hospice Book Club

There’s a New Book Club in Town! Pine Tree Hospice’s Caregiving and Bereavement Book Club is all new, with great readings that will have you looking forward to each meeting with your questions and comments. This book club begins with The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. This poignant and compelling love story is about loss and discovery, grief, and caring. It tells the story of a man who lives for his wife and journeys with her as she loses herself to Alzheimer’s Disease. The Notebook is set in the post-war rural south, a spectacular location where this wonderful story unfolds and takes you into a beautiful life.

Our first meeting will be on September 19th, at The Thompson Free Library, from 3:30 – 5:00pm. The reading materials will be available to borrow at the Thompson Free Library after August 20th. Anyone is welcome to join; we are looking forward to an interesting group with plenty to say and talk about – and you don’t need to attend each meeting to be part of this club. The other meetings will be October 17th and November 19th. Please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 for more information or stop at the Thompson Free Library to sign up.
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July 12, 2019
Artful Grief Workshop for Children

Children grieve differently than adults. Children often aren’t able to verbalize their thoughts and feelings surrounding loss or it may be easier to express and process their grief in non-verbal ways. Using the Creative Process as a tool for personal expression can be very helpful and fulfilling in one’s grief journey, regardless of age. It doesn’t require one to talk and share verbally in a group. It doesn’t require any artistic skills or previous experience. When creating art in this way the focus is on the process, not the finished pieces. Although, the finished works are often creations to be cherished.

Pine Tree Hospice invites children ages 8 through 12 to explore an alternative to “talking through grief” in this free ninety-minute workshop facilitated by Terri Kelley Palin a local Artist, Creative Play Coach, and Life Stress Reduction Facilitator. No artistic skills are required!

The workshop is being held on Saturday, August 10, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft. Space is limited. Parents/guardians need to pre-register their child(ren)by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 by July 30.
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May 28, 2019
Golf For A Cause

Golfing season is here! Gordon Contracting and Pine Tree Hospice bring you
this year’s big fundraiser at Foxcroft Golf Club on Saturday, June 15th. This fun event has been a huge success for years – it’s a favorite of so many people, and we all look forward to it.

Shotgun starts will be at 8 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Registration fee is $40 per person and will include a cart and a fabulous hearty lunch. Prizes include 18 holes and carts for a foursome at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor and 18 holes, carts and passes for a foursome to Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Other fabulous prizes include Yeti Coolers and gift certificates to many local businesses.

Register now! Players should call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 to register your teams. We look forward to having you join us along with family and friends in a fun-filled day of golf, delicious food, and wonderful prizes, all in support of a great cause. All proceeds will benefit Pine Tree Hospice’s volunteer hospice, caregiver and bereavement services.
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May 25, 2019
Yoga Nidra - Is It For You?

Relax? Rejuvenate? That’s right – Yoga Nidra is yoga with NO movement! Yoga Nidra promotes healing and overall well-being without movement, through visualization and affirmation to create an environment in which healing can occur. The instructor leads a guided session with her voice. Yoga Nidra restores a balanced state of mind and a deeply rested body by relieving tension and stress at their root and it is done lying down.

Yoga instructor and Pine Tree Hospice volunteer Gayle Worden RYT, is offering free Yoga Nidra sessions for both professional and family caregivers in the community and for Pine Tree Hospice volunteers, as well. The sessions are about 45 minutes in length and are held at the Congregational Church on West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft. The next session is Saturday, June 15th, from 9:00 – 10:00am. Arrive a few minutes early to get set up and ready for this amazing experience. Plan on bringing a pillow and a blanket to lie on and one to cover up with. The more comfortable you are, the more you will benefit.

Space is limited. Please register for the session by contacting the PTH office at 564-4346 or emailing wecare@pinetreehospice.org. For more information about Yoga Nidra, visit Gayle Worden’s website for Center Yoga & Healing Arts can be found at www.centeryoga.vpweb.com.
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May 23, 2019
Dementia Care Workshop

Pine Tree Hospice and The Commons are pleased to be co-hosting a Dementia Care Workshop on June 20th, from 9:00am to 4:30pm at The Commons in Dover-Foxcroft. The speaker is Kathryn Pears, Founder of Dementia Care Strategies. Following a 15-year career with the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, she started her own company, Dementia Care Strategies. Kathryn trains and consults with families, health and long-term care professionals and facilities throughout the United States. She educates aging and disability community agencies on the non-pharmacologic management of the challenging behaviors that occur with dementia. Kathryn also has personal experience, her own father being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 58.

The workshop will cover topics such as: what dementia is…and isn’t, what to expect in each stage, medication, understanding what triggers behavior, creating a supportive physical environment, why people with dementia don’t see the world the same way you do and how that impacts care. The workshop is open to all personal and professional caregivers and healthcare workers.

This event is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver series, which is an ongoing program to educate, support, and encourage area caregivers. There is no charge for attending. A delicious lunch and snacks will be provided. To register, please call 564-4346.
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May 13, 2019
Artful Grief Workshop: When Words Are Not Enough

Sometimes words cannot adequately express one’s grief. Some bereaved individuals would rather not talk about their losses. Allowing grief to express itself through creative processes can be very helpful and fulfilling; it doesn’t require one to talk and share their grief verbally in a group.
We invite you to explore an alternative to “talking through grief” in this free two-and-a-half-hour workshop facilitated by trained volunteers. No artistic skills are required! Participants will have an opportunity to express and process their grief experience through an artful activity. This artful grief workshop is open to adults in the community who are grieving a death of a loved one, whether recently or in the past.

The workshop is being held on Saturday, June 1, from 9:00 to11:30 a.m. in Dover-Foxcroft. Space is limited. Please pre-register by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 by May 29.
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May 10, 2019
Restructuring Relationships

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 in a special seminar scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from 1:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m. at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft. This free event is open to everyone in the community.

For further information or to register, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346.
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May 5, 2019
Adult Bereavement Support Group

Family heirlooms can be something as simple, and important, as Grandma’s yellow pie plate. Family members have memories of special occasions, and these occasions are often marked by important belongings. Who gets these family heirlooms? Jane Conroy will be addressing this topic at Pine Tree Hospice’s next Lunch & Learn.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Bereavement Support Group meets before Lunch and Learn, and is for those who are or have experienced the pain of a death of a loved one, whether recently or in the past. A support group can be an important way for you to share your grief, or to sit quietly and to know that you are not alone in your grief journey.

After the support group, there is a free nutritious lunch and discussion of a relevant topic. If you would like to attend Lunch & Learn on May 21st from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Dover-Foxcroft, call 564-4346 to register.
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May 1, 2019
Nuts and Bolts of Caregiving, May 14

Being a caregiver, whether professionally or for friends or family members, is an important job. Learning the basics, to make it easier for you, and for those you help, relieves stress and the worry of potential injuries. Proper caregiver training is more important than ever, as an increasing number of older Americans are remaining in their homes as they age. Pine Tree Hospice is hosting two sessions for learning hands-on techniques for successful care-giving. Learn lifting techniques, how to use a gait belt, changing an occupied bed and safe transfers among other skills, and you will be better able to provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment.

Two sessions of Nuts and Bolts of Caregiving will be given on May 14 in the Old Mayo Hospital Building in Dover-Foxcroft. The sessions are taught by the EMCC Student Nurses Ashley Vincent and Jennifer Cary, and Beth Weatherbee, R.N., B.S.N, M.Ed through the Mayo Regional Hospital Cohort. The sessions are limited to 10 people each and will be held from 10:00 – 12:30 and 1:00 – 3:30. The sessions will fill fast, so sign up soon by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346.
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