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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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November 28, 2016/a>
Grief Through the Holidays – A Lunch & Learn Opportunity

On Tuesday, December 13th, at 11:00 A.M. at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church there will be a Lunch & Learn program. Lunch & Learn is a monthly meeting featuring a delicious and nourishing lunch along with an informative talk on a relevant topic. Pine Tree Hospice’s Evergreen Bereavement Program hosts this free event. This month’s speaker is Rev. Ray Beless, speaking on “Grief Through the Holiday Season”. Ray is a chaplain at Mayo Regional Hospital, a certified police chaplain, and former chaplain for Pine Tree Hospice. He also serves with the Grief Care Fellowship. Any adult in the community who has experienced grief and loss whether recently or in the past is welcome to attend. Please call 564-4346 or email wecare at pinetreehospice.org to register.

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October 14, 2016
November, a Time to Remember

On Sunday, November 6th Pine Tree Hospice and Community Health and Counseling Services will host an annual Celebration of Remembrance at the Charlotte White Center from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. Open to the community, this event is an opportunity for young and old to honor and celebrate the memory of family and friends who have died, whether recently or long ago. This year’s theme is “Bouquet of Memories” with the idea that all our cherished memories form a beautiful, lasting bouquet. Memorial activities for all ages will be offered, as well the opportunity to be with others who have experienced loss. Music and refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon. The release of white balloons into the sky will bring the program to a poignant close. For more information contact Pine Tree Hospice at 564-4346 or email at wecare at pintreehospice.org.
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