In the News

May 22, 2017
Pine Tree Hospice and Kimball Insurance Tee Up for Pine Tree Hospice he 2017 Golf Tournament co-hosted by Pine Tree Hospice and Kimball Insurance will take place on Saturday, June 10th at Foxcroft Golf Club. There will be shotgun starts at 8:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. Registration fee is $40 per player including cart and a hearty lunch. In case of rain, the tournament will be re-scheduled for June 17th. Prizes include the following: 1st Place Gross- a foursome with carts for 18 holes at Webhannet Golf Club in Kennebunk Beach, 1st Place Net- a foursome with carts for 18 holes with shuttle passes to Kineo Golf Club. To register, players should call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346. We hope that you will join us for this fun event that offers a fantastic day of golf, always 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.
May 8, 2015
We Need to Talk Seminar Offers Tips for Talking With Older Drivers

On Wednesday, May 31st there will be an AARP We Need to Talk Seminar held at the Mayo Regional Hospital Resource Center from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. Mr. Court Dwyer, a trained AARP instructor, will facilitate the seminar. Family caregivers and friends will learn to hold successful conversations with their loved ones about remaining active and participating in the community when it is time to limit or stop driving.

The seminar has been developed by AARP based on information created jointly by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver program is hosting this free event to better meet the growing needs of adults who are caring for aging parents and are concerned about making a smooth transition for the older person from driving to not driving.

During the We Need to Talk seminar, participants will learn how to:
-Better understand the psychological and social impact of limiting or stopping driving;
-Recognize the warning signs indicating an older driver may need to limit or stop driving;
-Identify opportunities to hold “family conversations”; and
-Help meet transportation needs if driving is limited.

This seminar is open to the community and is free of charge. To pre-register please call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org
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May 2, 2017
Free Movie at Center Theatre

Beacon Hospice and Pine Tree Hospice will host a free community movie on May 17th at 6:00 P.M. at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft. “My Life” is a soaring family love story that will engage your mind and cause you to wonder how you would feel and what you would do. Michael Keaton plays a high powered executive, Bob Jones, who has received some good news and some bad news. The good news is that his wife, played by Nicole Kidman, is pregnant, and they are going to have their first child. The bad news is that he has been diagnosed with cancer and is not expected to live more than about four months. Bob starts to make videotapes of himself, in which he talks to the unborn child - telling of his life, his beliefs, things he has learned. When he discovers the child will be a boy, he even tapes some lessons about shaving and shooting hoops. This is a beautiful story of how this one family copes with the changes of these two intertwined life transitions.

Both Beacon Hospice and Pine Tree Hospice provide services to those in our communities who are living with progressive, life-limiting illness. By hosting this movie and other community events, we continue our efforts to educate and support individuals and families in our large service areas. 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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May 1, 2017
“Five Wishes” Topic at May’s Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn Adult Bereavement Support Group will meet on Tuesday, May 9th at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. A nutritious lunch will be served. Ardis Hacker will speak about the “Five Wishes”, a user-friendly advance directive document that gives individuals a way to control something very important---how they want to be treated if they get seriously ill. Once filled out and properly signed, it is valid under the laws of most states. “Five Wishes” has been featured on CNN and NBC’s Today Show. Newspapers have called “Five Wishes” the first “living will with a heart and soul.” Lunch & Learn is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Evergreen Bereavement Program, and is open to any adult who has experienced grief and loss, whether recently or in the past. To pre-register for Lunch & Learn please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email them at wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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April 4, 2017
23rd Annual Pine Tree Hospice Variety Show Celebrates Local Talent

On Friday, April 28th at 7:00 P.M. at the Center Theatre, the curtain will rise for the 23rd time on Pine Tree Hospice’s Variety Show. The line-up of local talent is sure to have something for old and young alike to enjoy. FA students Hannah Poland and Alyssa Pearl-Rose will be the evening’s Masters of Ceremony. Acts will feature music, drama, and humor.

The “Parade of Sponsors” features local children making their way across the stage carrying signs with business sponsor names, usually producing some very entertaining moments. Lobby music will be performed by Susan Ramsey & Students. A quilt crafted by Rita Mountain and Helen Higgins and machine-quilted by Quilting Mania, will be raffled off during the evening. Show tickets will be sold at the door by donation or can be obtained at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street. Please join us for what we hope will be a delightful evening of family entertainment!
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February 23, 2017
“We Didn’t Sign Up For This”: Helping Families Cope With Grief

Nobody is ever really prepared for grief. Whether a death is expected or sudden, our grief can surprise us with how unpredictable it is. A death in the family affects every member of the family from the oldest to the youngest. Children’s grief is typically expressed in ways that are different from adults’ and how well a child copes is affected by how the parent is coping. When families need help navigating through the pain and sadness of losing a loved one, when parents with children are at a loss as to how to help them; Pine Tree Hospice is there.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Nights of Service program is a family-oriented program which is structured with children and teens in mind. Participants are grouped according to age and may participate in age-appropriate activities with trained bereavement facilitators. The activities are designed to encourage expression, but the participants decide if and when and how to share with others in the group. Each session has a different focus, such as feelings, memories, and coping. Adults who accompany the children also have an opportunity to share with one another if they choose.

The next six-week Nights of Service program begins on Thursday, March 30th and meets each Thursday through May 11th (no meeting during April school vacation), 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Please pre-register by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or emailing wecare at pinetreehospice.org by March 22nd.
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February 20, 2017/a>
“Casting Call: Seeking Caring Men and Women”

Any compassionate adult with a little time to spare may become a Pine Tree Hospice volunteer. After completing training, volunteers may be placed with an appropriate client to provide many kinds of non-medical support. The kind of support depends on the needs and wishes of the client and the preferences and flexibility of the volunteer. Hospice volunteers do not provide any medical support, but they do many other things such as visiting and chatting, helping with household chores, taking the client to an appointment or shopping, taking the client fishing or other outings, helping with yard work or repairs, and providing respite for the family caregiver. Volunteers may choose their clients and the type of care they provide.

Pine Tree Hospice is a community-based, not-for-profit volunteer hospice that has provided service in 39 communities in Piscataquis, Somerset, and Penobscot Counties for 30 years. The need for volunteers is now greater than it has ever been. The next volunteer training begins on March 16. Compassionate men and women who are able to give some of their time to support individuals and families on their end-of-life journey are encouraged to participate in this training and explore the possibility of making a difference in someone’s life. Potential volunteers should call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org to apply.
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