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February 20, 2020
Pine Tree Hospice brings you Trivia Night

Pine Tree Hospice brings you Trivia Night, March 14th at 7:00pm at The Commons at Central Hall in Dover-Foxcroft.

This is an evening of fun and raises money which helps Pine Tree Hospice continue to serve our neighbors in Piscataquis and parts of Penobscot and Somerset County. Put together a dream team of up to six people -$15/person and compete for the title of Trivia Masters and win the first-place prize of six lift passes to Squaw Mountain in Greenville. Ask your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors. . . you name it! It’s boisterous fun you’ll remember for a long time. Spectators are welcome, too, for $5 per person, but they cannot compete.

Event sponsors are Steinke and Caruso Dental Care, Family Eyecare and Fernow Medical. There will be great raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and more! Water, soda, and a cash bar will be available to complement our free snacks. What a great way to fight against cabin fever!

Tables are limited, so call Pine Tree Hospice soon at 564-4346 to sign up your team.
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February 11, 2020
Advance Care Planning – It’s All About How You Want to Live

Advance Care Planning is not just for those with life-limiting illnesses – but for all of us. Pine Tree Hospice is offering a FREE informative seminar at Abbott Memorial Library, located at One Church Street, Dexter Maine on Thursday, March 5, from 12—2:30 pm. A light lunch will be provided.

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.
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February 4, 2020
Growing Through Grief Adult Support Group

 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 and a delicious dessert. On Tuesday, February 18th, Pastor Sue Burgess will discuss the spiritual aspects of grief. Through this presentation, people will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how spirituality can offer strength and support during times of grief. They will also learn how to support others during times of grief. 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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January 30, 2020
“It’s All About You” – A Thank You for Area Caregivers

Have you been a caregiver, or are currently caregiving? Whether personally, or professionally, you deserve a “thank you.” Caregivers give so much of themselves, and we want to give back to YOU!

You are invited to attend Pine Tree Hospice’s “It’s All About You” on Saturday, March 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Guilford United Methodist Church. All area caregivers will have the opportunity to be pampered through massage therapy, manicures, guided meditation, Reiki and more. Fun and relaxing activities are planned: puzzles, scrap booking and games, as well as time to chat with others. Learn more about caregiving and caregiver resources with information available at the event, such as Dementia Caregiver Support, 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.
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.

Please pre-register for this event by calling 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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January 21, 2020
Caregiver and Bereavement Book Club February 20th

Pine Tree Hospice’s Caregivers and Bereavement Book Club is a group for anyone who is or was a caregiver or who has lost a loved one, whether recently or in the past. Our readings are enjoyable and thought provoking.

Our next Book Club meeting is Thursday, February 20th, from 3:30 – 5:00pm at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft. The reading for the month is The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, and you can pick up your book at the library after January 23rd. Bring your questions and thoughts, and enjoy a discussion with a fun group of people.

This Book Group is the perfect place to meet new people, connect with friends and enjoy a new reading experience. Please feel free to join us even if you have not had the opportunity to read the material. For more information, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346.
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December 20, 2019
Growing Through Grief  January 21st, 1:00 – 3:00pm

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.

Have you experienced a significant loss from death? Are you wondering what grief is and what you can expect over the next few months? Join Lisa Joy White, Bereavement Specialist and Pine Tree Hospice’s Bereavement and Education Coordinator, to learn some basics about grief and what you might expect to feel.

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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November 30, 2019
Self-Care and Guided Meditation

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.

On December 17th, Gayle Worden, RYT, will talk about self-care for the bereaved and will lead a Guided Meditation. This form of meditation helps calm a busy mind, and helps with sleep. It also has been known to heighten creativity and connectedness. For those who are bereaved, and are having a difficult time finding any inner peace, guided meditation can help lessen thoughts that bombard the mind and make it difficult to think clearly.

Growing Through Grief is held 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 pre-register by calling Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346.
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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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