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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
Golf for a Cause May 28, 2019
Yoga Nidra May 25, 2019
Dementia Care Workshop May 23, 2019
Artful Grief: When Words Are Not Enough May 13, 2019
Restructuring Relationships May 10, 2019
Adult Bereavement Support Group May 3, 2019
Nuts and Bolts of Caregiving, May 14 May 1, 2019
Pine Tree Hospice’s 25th Anniversary Variety Show April 4, 2019
Celebration of a Life April 2, 2019
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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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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