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Exploring the Grief Journey November 4, 2019
FREE movie: "What They Had" October 28, 2019
Growing Through Grief September 30, 2019
Trivia Night in Dover-Foxcroft is Back!! September 10, 2019
Lunch and Learn Becomes Growing Through Grief August 27, 2019
Volunteering – Time Well Spent August 23, 2019
Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives – Oh My!! August 21, 2019
Yoga Nidra - Is It For You? August 20. 2019
Pine Tree Hospice Book Club July 26, 2019
Artful Grief Workshop for Children July 12, 2019
November 4, 2019
Exploring the Grief Journey

Growing Through Grief is one of Pine Tree Hospice’s bereavement programs for adults. The Growing Through Grief program begins with a facilitated grief support group which is then followed by a presentation or workshop.

The November program is Exploring the Grief Journey, with Ardie Hacker. Ardie will discuss ways in which we look at and learn from the feelings of grief we have, whether from a loss recently, or in the past. Ardie will use a program that will assist us in organizing our thoughts and feelings about grief and its effects.

Knowing you aren’t alone 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 quietly listening. 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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October 28, 2019
FREE movie:  "What They Had"

AARP and Pine Tree Hospice are pleased to bring a FREE movie to the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft. On November 15th, at 7:00 pm, you are invited to watch the movie, "What They Had", and enjoy free popcorn and water on us!

"What They Had" stars Hillary Swank, Blythe Danner, Michael Shannon and Robert Forster. It is the story of a family struggling with Alzheimer’s. An elderly man wakes up during the night to find that his wife has gotten up and left the house during a snowstorm. He calls his son who helps look for his mother, but they also call the daughter, who lives in California, and asks her to help with the situation that is getting worse, and more than the father can deal with. This poignant movie is a story that plays out in countless households today, and makes us think deeply about our responsibilities, and what we might face in the future.

Pine Tree Hospice and AARP want to take this opportunity to offer education to the community and let people know that we are here when you need us.  Whether you are a caregiver now, have been one in the past, or just want to learn more about how a family might deal with caregiving, you are also invited to stay after the movie for a short discussion.

For more information about this event or about Pine Tree Hospice, please call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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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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