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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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April 3, 2019
Pine Tree Hospice’s 25th Anniversary Variety Show

This year is a very special Pine Tree Hospice Variety Show – it is the 25th Anniversary of our much-loved event! It takes place on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 P.M. at Center Theatre and we want to make it the very best ever.

We’re looking forward to an evening of laughs, great music, dance, drama, and the ever-popular Parade of Sponsors, which starts the show with an unequaled cuteness factor! What better way to start than by watching local children walking (or running!), across the stage carrying signs with Pine Tree Hospice’s business sponsor names? Stacy Stitham will be our emcee this year and will guide us through this entertaining evening.

Adding to the fun are special door prizes for the 25th Anniversary and THE quilt raffle. The queen size quilt raffle, handmade by volunteers Helen Higgins and Rita Mountain and machine quilted by Vicki Brackett of Quilting Mania, is a yearly event that is much anticipated; at intermission we will draw the lucky winner. Only 250 tickets are being sold, and you can always call or visit us at Pine Tree Hospice to buy some for your chance at a quilt that is sure to become an heirloom.

Show tickets will be by donation and are available at the Pine Tree Hospice office at 883 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft, or at the door the night of the show. Please join us for what promises to be a fun evening of family entertainment! For more information, please call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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April 2, 2019
Celebration of a Life

Celebrating cherished memories of a loved one is an important part of the grief process after the death of a family member or friend. Whether recently, or in the past, the loss of a special person makes an imprint on our lives. Community Health and Counseling Services and Pine Tree Hospice are co-hosting a Celebration of Life to bring together people to share their experiences, make new memories and facilitate healing. This free event, open to anyone in the community, provides a time for people of all ages to celebrate the life and memory of a loved one who has died.

On April 28, from 5:00 – 6:30 at The Commons in Dover-Foxcroft, there will be a light supper and activities available to celebrate the people we have lost, including luminaries and memory keepsakes for your whole family.

For more information, please call Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email us at wecare at pinetreehospice.org.
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March 30, 2019
Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Other Important Dates

Wedding anniversaries, death anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and many other days can become extremely difficult for those people who have lost loved ones recently or in the past. It is often helpful and comforting to know that you don’t have to be alone during these times and there are things you can do to help you in this part of your grief journey. Rev. Ray Beless will be addressing this topic at the next Lunch ‘n Learn Program.

This event is scheduled for April 16th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Dover-Foxcroft and is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Adult Bereavement Support. Lunch n’ Learn is FREE of charge. The 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.
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March 29, 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, April 13th, 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 at 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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March 28, 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 Dexter Health Care, located at 64 Park Street, Dexter Maine on Monday, April 15th, from 1—3:30 pm.

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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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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